Herman Cain is hailed as one of today's most influential business leaders by such publications as Business Week, and the Wall Street Journal. Over the past twenty years, he has built an impressive reputation for making things happen. He is a leader who has repeatedly tackled troubled business situations and turned them around in the face of overwhelming odds.
Thanks to his parents sacrificial saving, and his hard work, Cain was able to earn a degree in mathematics from Morehouse College in 1967 and later earn a master's degree in computer science from Purdue University (while working as a mathematician for the Department of the Navy.) He then worked as a business analyst for The Coca Cola Company. In 1968, he married his wife, Gloria. They have two grown children.
In 1977 Herman Cain joined The Pillsbury Company and within five years, at the age of thirty-four, rose to Vice-President of Corporate Systems and Services. Instead of settling back into his executive position, Cain, reflecting on his father's drive to seek greater challenges, set his sights for corporate presidency.
To begin this road Herman Cain, at the age of thirty-six, resigned his senior position and began learning the restaurant business from the ground up by making hamburgers at Pillsbury's Burger King division. Nine months later, he was managing 400 Burger King units in the Philadelphia region, the company's poorest performer. Within three years his region became the company's best.
In 1986, Pillsbury appointed Cain to the presidency of the then financially-troubled Godfather's Pizza, Inc. chain headquartered in Omaha, Nebraska. Under Cain's leadership, the chain regained profitability within fourteen months. In 1988 he led his executive team in a buyout of the company from Pillsbury.
In 1995, Cain served as President of the Board of the National Restaurant Association. The Restaurant Association is a business organization based in Washington, D.C. While leading the association, he developed the organization into a powerful, pro-business voice via national debates and speeches concerning health care reform, employment policies and taxation. Following this experience, he was appointed by Newt Gingrich to serve on the Economic Growth and Tax Reform Commission and became a senior advisor to the 1996 Dole-Kemp campaign for the presidency.
Herman Cain continued the responsibilities of President and Chairman of Godfather's Pizza, Inc. while beginning a second career in national keynote speaking.
By the end of 1996, Cain stepped down from his position as President & CEO at Godfather's Pizza to become the President & CEO of the National Restaurant Association, the organization for which he had served as a volunteer chairman and President of the Board in 1994/95.
Herman Cain (born December 13, 1945) is an American newspaper columnist, businessman, , and radio talk-show host from Georgia. He is best known as the former chairman and CEO of Godfather's Pizza. Cain's newspaper column is distributed by North Star Writers Group. He currently lives in the Atlanta suburbs.