Who is he: Herman Cain is ran for the 2012 Republican nomination for president. He came from behind to be considered a more serious candidate, though questions lingered about his sincerity and whether he may have been using the public platform for his own purposes. Some of his critics indicate that. Ultimately, Cain was defeated in his bid for the nomination by Mitt Romney.
Herman Cain is used to public exposure however. In 1994, as head of the National Restaurant Association, Cain had the opportunity to speak with President Clinton during a nationally televised town hall meeting and challenged the president regarding the impact on businesses if his health care overhaul proposal were passed.
Herman Cain was skeptical. "Quite honestly,, Mr. President, your calculations are incorrect," Cain said. "In the competitive marketplace, it simply doesn't work that way." His words echoed across America, and Newsweek named Herman Cain the primary saboteur of Hillarycare.
Through these and other appearances on behalf of the National Restaurant Association, Herman Cain began working with business leaders across all sectors of the American economy. This led to his acceptance of a position on the Board of Directors of the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City, and Cain was subsequently elected their chairman. In this role, Cain analyzed economic conditions in the region and notified the Federal Reserve as to how their policies should respond.
Cain has also held important positions at various restaurants and was the President and CEO of Godfather's Pizza.
Background: Herman Cain grew up in Atlanta, Georgia. Cain graduated from Morehouse College with a degree in mathematics in 1967. His brother, Thurman, would go on to graduate from Morris Brown College.
After college, Herman Cain returned to Atlanta to begin working as a computer systems analyst for the Coca-Cola Company. After considerable success at Coca-Cola, Cain moved to the Pillsbury Company. Within a short period of time, Herman rose to position of Vice President.
Eventually, Cain became the regional vice president of Pillsbury's Burger King division. This meant starting from the "ground up," dodging grease fires and broiling hamburgers. Herman Cain was assigned to lead a low performing region of 450 of their restaurants. Within three years, it became the best performing region in the company.
Energized by having overcome the many obstacles of his job at Burger King, Herman Cain took on the biggest challenge of his career. Cain accepted the call to become the President and CEO of Godfather's Pizza, a company that was teetering on the edge of bankruptcy. In just 14 months, Herman returned Godfather's to profitability and he led his management team through a buyout of the company.