Herman Cain grew up in Atlanta with loving parents and little else. His father worked three jobs as a janitor, a barber and a chauffeur and his mother was a domestic worker. Thanks to the lessons his parents instilled in him, Herman went on to earn a Bachelor's degree in mathematics from Morehouse College and a Master's in computer science from Purdue University.
Herman has more than 40 years' experience in the private sector, where he balanced budgets, created jobs and rescued failing companies. He served as an analyst for Coca-Cola, an executive at Pillsbury, a regional Vice President with Burger King and CEO of Godfather's Pizza. During his time at Godfather's, he brought the company from near bankruptcy to profitability in just 14 months. Herman's record as "turnaround artist" led to his rise as President and CEO of the National Restaurant Association, which employs more than 14 million people. Additionally, he's been on the boards of directors for several multi-national corporations, including Nabisco, AGCO, Hallmark Cards, Whirlpool, SuperValu, Acquila and Reader's Digest.
Herman also served as Chairman of the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City and as a supervisory mathematician for the Department of the Navy, where he developed ballistics and fire control systems for the armed forces.
Herman has been married to his wife, Gloria, for 44 years, and they have two children and four grandchildren. He also serves as an Associate Minister at Antioch Baptist Church North in Atlanta.
Articles by Herman Cain:
Free up the money to go to charities who actually do what they say they do. Whenever the Clintons find their corruption exposed, you can always count on their cronies taking to the nation’s talk shows and making, er, creative arguments in their defense. That has never been more true than this past week, ... continue reading
Or anybody. One of the favorite tactics of Democrats is to demand to be allowed to do something, and then, once they’ve done it and it didn’t work, pretend they never got to do it and insist the solution is to do the dumb thing they already did. Remember the conversation in 2008 between then-Sen. ... continue reading
Good leaders recognize when changing circumstances call for action. I always find it amusing when the political media try to analyze why changes are made to a candidate’s campaign structure. The storylines are always predictable: It’s a “shakeup” in response to “bad poll ... continue reading
Maybe because they're a bunch of lemons? As I watched reporters last week comparing the Trump economic plan to the Hillary economic plan, which were both offered last week from the same venue on different days, I realized the reporters had no clue they were comparing apples to oranges. First, Trump's proposals ... continue reading
The more you look, the clearer the choice becomes. If I toss a term like "dynamic economic analysis" by you, you could be excused for thinking it sounds like a bunch of esoteric nonsense that college professors would sit around and talk about. But it would do you well to be familiar with it, because it's the ... continue reading
Win anyway. Don't let their nonsense become an excuse for losing. I could feel Donald Trump’s frustration from thousands of miles away. I’d been there. In the course of a campaign for president, you say something that isn’t as clear as it could be. The political class calls statements like this ... continue reading
Compare and contrast. Now that the Republican and Democrat National Conventions are over, and the media are consumed with political noise and manipulated polls, it's time to focus on the big differences between Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump and Democrat presidential candidate Hillary Clinton. The ... continue reading
Stay focused. Presidential campaigns have very high points, very low points and lots of slogging in between. I can certainly tell you about that. And the past week saw more than a few rough spots for Donald Trump, whose failure to be measured in the things he said gave his media enemies the perfect excuse to ... continue reading
Do the joyless PC police want to be enemies of science? I suppose the last thing we need is for someone to take laughter and make it all serious, but I want you to know what a lot of serious scholars are starting to recognize: Laughing is good for you. It makes you healthier, more relaxed and less tense. It ... continue reading
Lies. Once she got past the platitudes, Hillary Clinton spun quite a tale on Thursday night about the realities of modern-day America. She’s not as skillful a liar as her husband, but I suppose anyone interested in lying would do so pretty confidently if they were sure they would not get called out for the ... continue reading
Not in Philadelphia. "Where's the beef?" was a very popular and memorable advertising theme for Wendy's three decades ago. It highlighted the amount of beef in its burgers versus the competition. As I struggled to listen to some of the speeches last night at the Democrat National Convention, I asked a ... continue reading
And as the cheers in the theater proved, it was excellent. Everyone in America needs to see this film. This past Saturday night, my wife Gloria and I were honored to accompany Dinesh D'Souza and his wife to a special screening of his film, Hillary's America: The Secret History of the Democratic Party, as a ... continue reading
Getting ready to govern. One of the reasons I’ve been favorably inclined toward Donald Trump’s candidacy right from the start is that he saw something I saw when I ran four years ago. America needs a president who understands executive decision-making. When I was a candidate, I met with Donald Trump ... continue reading
Signals. I'm sure a determined Trump critic, or even just a committed cynic, might scoff at one of the biggest promises Donald Trump made last night - that on January 20, 2017, safety will be restored. How can one man restore safety in a single day? Let me remind you of something from history. In 1979, the ... continue reading
Words matter. I do not personally know Governor Mike Pence, as most people outside of Indiana may not know much about him. But when he gave his speech to accept Donald Trump's invitation to be his running mate, I was impressed! Pence's speech had strong themes about declaring war on radical Islamic terrorism ... continue reading
Look what's happening now without it. When I ran for president, I summed up my thinking on foreign policy with the term “peace through strength with clarity.” To help demonstrate what this meant, we created a map that clearly labeled certain nations. Britain was a friend. Russia was a rival. Various ... continue reading