Friends of Herman Cain, Inc. P.O. Box 2158, Stockbridge, Georgia 30281 [website]
The campaign underwent major growth starting September, and particularly following P5. On Nov. 14, 2011 the campaign reported 75 staff.
suspended campaign Dec. 3, 2011...announced candidacy May 21, 2011...exploratory committee announced Jan. 12, 2011
updated January 2, 2011)
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CEO Herman Cain
Chief Political Strategist and Chief of
been state director of the Wisconsin chapter of Americans for
Prosperity since 2005. He
1997 campaign. Midwest
as a Winnebago County Board Supervisor at age 18 in
Executive Vice President/Deputy Chief of Staff Linda J. Hansen
Experience includes senior vice-president, executive
of the Wisconsin Prosperity Network, Inc..
Field and Political
Vice President of National Field
Operations Jamie Brazil
July 14, 2011) Served as national director of McCain's Citizens
for McCain coalition. "more than 30 years in national and international
National Political Director Bo Harmon
Prior to joining the campaign Harmon did consulting as
Affairs, a firm he started in early 2011. Vice president and
partner at Response America, a Republican fundraising
and voter contact firm, 2007-10. National voter contact director
on John McCain's 2008 presidential campaign. Campaign manager on
Gov. Bob Ehrlich's 2006 re-election campaign. Deputy
communications director at the NRCC in 2004. Campaign manager on
Saxby Chambliss' upset win for U.S. Senate in 2002. President of
Capitol Communications Strategies (CCS), a public relations subsidiary
of Smith, Johnson & Carr. Spokesman on Lamar Alexander's
presidential campaign in 1999. Deputy communications
director for Sen.
Bill Frist. Graduate of Vanderbilt University. Alabama
Vice President of Coalitions and Surrogates; Special Advisor to the Chief of Staff Imri Eisner
22, 2011) Associate at Skadden, Arps,
Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP, April 2006-Oct. 2011. Served as
deputy national director of the McCain-Palin campaign's
Citizens for McCain coalition, 2008. J.D. from Cornell Law
School, 2005. B.A. from University of Pennsylvaina College of
Arts and Sciences and B.S. from University of Pennsylvania Wharton
Executive director of the International Christian
Coalition. Evangelical liaison on congressional campaign in Ohio
and Florida. Executive director of The Apostolic Congress, which
campaigned for spiritual consciousness in politics. Apostolic liaison
to the White House. Gospel recording artist. Originally
from Connellsville, PA.
Senior Executive Assistant to Jamie Brazil Radha Hirsch
Vice President of Policy; Senior Economic
(Ohio) Managing director-investments at
Lowrie/Carney/String/Smith Wealth Management Group of Wells Fargo
Advisors since Feb. 2008. Senior vice president at McDonald
Investments, 1997-2008; market strategies at McDonald & Company
Securities, 1994-97 and director of portfolio strategies at McDonald
Investments, 1993-97. B.S. in accountancy from Case Western
Vice President of Campaign Communications;
and Security Advisor J.D. Gordon
(from Sept. 1, 2011) Gordon was on the verge of
launching a think tank, the Center for Security and Diplomacy, before
he joined the campaign. He was also doing consulting as J.D.
Gordon Communications in
Washington, DC. Served as Defense Department spokesman for the
Western Hemisphere in the Office
of the Secretary of Defense, under both Secretary Donald
Rumsfeld and Secretary Robert Gates from 2005-09, and is a retired
Navy Commander and career public affairs officer with 20 years of
active duty service. Graduate of the U.S. Air Force's Air Command
and Staff College. M.A. in diplomacy from Norwich
University. B.A. in communications from Pennsylvania State
University, where he was in NROTC.
Policy Coordinator Clark Barrow
(from Jan. 2010; briefs Cain daily, lead research
assistant, debate prep) News anchor and reporter at News/Talk 750
WSB. Graduate of Kennesaw State University, 2009.
(Middle East) Roger Pardo Maurer
Deputy assistant secretary of Defense for the Western Hemisphere, 2001-06. Reservist in U.S. Army Special Forces in Afghanistan (2002) and Iraq (2006-07). Managing partner of an international consulting firm with offices in Washington D.C. and Mexico City. Author of Access Mexico.
(Immigration) Manny Rosales
Deputy director of coalitions at the RNC under Michael Steele, started June 2009. Director of the Washington office of The Latino Coalition. Assistant administrator of the Small Business Administration under President George W. Bush. Chairman of the California Hispanic Chamber of Commerce while in the private sector. Born in Nicaragua.
(International Economics) Joseph Humire
Director of institute relations at the Atlas Economic
Research Foundation, from June 2008. B.A. in economics and global
affairs from George Mason University, 2008. Inspector-Instructor
staff at the U.S. Marine Corps, 1999-2006.
See Josh Rogin. "Exclusive: Inside Herman Cain's new foreign policy team." Foreign Policy, Oct. 26, 2011.
Vice President of Campaign Communications;
and Security Advisor J.D. Gordon
(from Sept. 1, 2011) Gordon was on the verge of launching a think tank, the Center for Security and Diplomacy, before he joined the campaign. He was also doing consulting as J.D. Gordon Communications in Washington, DC. Served as Defense Department spokesman for the Western Hemisphere in the Office of the Secretary of Defense, under both Secretary Donald Rumsfeld and Secretary Robert Gates from 2005-09, and is a retired Navy Commander and career public affairs officer with 20 years of active duty service. Graduate of the U.S. Air Force's Air Command and Staff College. M.A. in diplomacy from Norwich University. B.A. in communications from Pennsylvania State University, where he was in NROTC.
Assistant Vice President of Campaign
(Oct. 2011) President and founder of Brock
Haus Rentals, 2000-June 2011. Manager of community committee
relations at the Heritage Foundation, 2008-09. Director of member
relations at the Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association,
2005-08. Corporate relations associate at the U.S. Chamber of
Commerce, 2004-05. MBA in international business and finance from
The George Washington University, School of Business, 2007; B.S. in
marketing and management from Saint Louis University.
Assistant Vice President for Communications-TV
and Radio Booking
Vice president of technical services and
management at the House of Rock from Jan. 2010. Confidential
management assistant to the General Counsel at the Federal Labor
Relations Authority, 2007-09. Legislative correspondent to U.S.
Rep. Mark Green (R-WI), 2006-07. Consultant in sales and
marketing, 2005-06. Policy and planning analyst for the Wisconsin
Department of Transportation, 2001-03. Policy and planning
analyst at the Wisconsin Office for Building Tomorrow's Workforce,
1998-2001; also communications coordinator for the Wisconsin Fatherhood
Initiative, 1999-2002. IMBA from University of South Carolina,
The Moore School of Business Administration, 2005; B.A. from University
of Wisconsin-Stevens Point, 1998.
Senior Advisor, Rapid Response Mark Pfeifle
Vice president at S4 Inc. from Feb. 2009.
Deputy Assistant to the President and Deputy National
Security Advisor for Strategic Communications and Global Outreach at
the White House. Directed the Social Security Information Center
at the U.S. Department of Treasury, 2005. Communications director
for the 2004 Republican National Convention. Press secretary and
later communications director for Interior Secretary Gale Norton,
2001-04. Deputy communications director at the Republican
National Committee, 1997-2001. Marketing and advertising director
of the Grand Forks Air Force Base
newspaper and a stringer and freelancer for The Associated Press
and USA Today. Managed a radio station in Wishek.
Bachelor's degree in communications from the University of North Dakota.
State Communications Director Kathy Hoekstra
(lattter part of Nov. 2011) Previously a communications specialist at the Mackinac Center for Public Policy. Prior to joining the Center, Hoekstra worked nearly 15 years in television and radio news broadcasting in a variety of roles including news anchor, reporter and public affairs program producer and host. Graduate of the University of Michigan.
New Media Michael Johnson
Previously worked with Mark Block at Americans for
Prosperity in Wisconsin.
Vice President of Campaign Operations and
Affairs Edward Miyagishima
Most recently director of protocol and international
affairs for the
State of Florida. Director of scheduling and operations for Gov.
elect Rick Scott and an advisor on his campaign. Special
assistant and senior advisor to Rick Lazio 2010. Director of
advance for Meg Whitman for Governor, June 2009-June 2010. Deputy
director of advance for Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger. Senior
advance representative to President George W. Bush, 2007-09.
Extensive experience in marketing and sales including director of
global sales for Wyndham Worldwide, 2000-07, and director of sales and
marketing for Group Leaders of America, 1992-98. Staff assistant
on the Bush/Quayle '88 campaign in California.
Vice President of Operations Michelle
Human Resources/CFO Lisa Shiflett
Director of Advance Operations Scott Sidney
(from the beginning) From Cedarburg, WI
area). Runs a fiberglass repair business, Colorblend Services,
LLC. Worked three years with Americans for Prosperity on
grassroots organizing, and did consulting with TEA Party groups; also
worked briefly as grassroots liaison on Rebecca Kleefisch for Lt.
Governor. MBA from Cardinal
Stritch University in Milwaukee; Master of Information Science
from University of Wisconsin at Milwaukee.
Director of Candidate Operations Nathan Naidu
Did advance and press on the Ron Johnson for U.S.
Senate campaign in
Wisconsin. Degree in political science from the University of
Events and Fundraising Coordinator Linda
(Oct. 2011) Event and fundraising chairman for the DeKalb County Republican Party from Sept. 2010. Events and fundraising coordinator on Liz Carter for Congress, 2010. Banqueting and special events director for Rehoboth Baptist Churh. Account manager at Roadshows Catering, 2001-07.
General Counsel Scott Bieniek
Associate at Bopp, Coleson & Bostron,
assistant for Congressman Judy Biggert, 2004-05. J.D. from
University of Illinois college of Law, 2008. B.A. in political
science from University of Tennessee-Knoxville, 2003.
Headquarters: 8550 New York Ave., Urbandale (headquarters and Iowa team announced July 5; grand opening July 11, 2011)
State Chairman Steve Grubbs
(announced Oct. 20, 2011) Founder (1993) and CEO of Victory Enterprises, Inc., a consulting and communications firm based in Davenport. Consultant on Tommy Thompson's 2007 Iowa campaign. Senior advisor on the Forbes 2000 campaign. Chairman of the Republican Party of Iowa, 1998. Candidate for U.S. Senate, 1996. Iowa Caucus chairman, Dole for President, 1996. State Representative, 1991-97. Polling and research director for Tauke for Congress, 1988. Campus director of University of Iowa Students for Dole in 1987, then a field staffer for Dole for President in 1988. J.D., University of Iowa School of Law, 1994. B.B.A., University of Iowa School of Business, 1989.
State Director Larry Tuel
(June 2011) Des Moines area
attorney and realtor. Active in the 2010 Branstad for
Governor campaign and the McCain campaign. Tuel served at
director of the Iowa Finance Authority from 1986-90, and earlier as
general counsel. He has earned M.P.A. and J.D. degrees from Drake
Phone Bank Director Steven Hensler
(June 2011) Hensler's experience includes aide
to an Iowa state
Senator, sales representative for Victory Enterprises, Inc., Dane
County coordinator and social media on the Chad Lee for Congress
campaign in Wisconsin in 2010, and team leader for Two Men and a
Truck. He has studied at Christ for the Nations and Madison Area
Field Organization Zach Dalluge
(June 2011) Experience includes legislative
assistant to state Rep. Annette Sweeney. From Grafton (Worth
Communications Director Lisa Lockwood
(June 2011) Worked on the Branstad/Reynolds
campaign in 2010. Communications director/speechwriter for Gov.
Branstad during his third term. News director at Simpson
College. Worked for the Inidanola Record Herald and
Tribune. Master's degree in journalism/public relations from
On Nov. 19, 2011 the campaign announced it had reached 800 precinct captains around the state.
Headquarters: 62 Lowell Street, Manchester (grand opening Aug. 19, 2011)
Acting State Director Charlie Spano
role uncertain Jamie Coughlin
VP and entrepreneur in residence at Amoskeag Business Incubator.
Rep. Steven D. Smith of Charleston (District 5-Sullivan Co.) (announced Aug. 19, 2011)
(announced Oct. 11, 2011)
Rep. J. Michael Ball of Manchester (District 9-Hillsborough Co.)
Rep. William Panek of Farmington (District 3-Strafford Co.) switched to Gingrich
Rep. Charles Brosseau of Campton (District 6-Grafton Co.)
Rep. Jordan G. Ulery of Hudson (District 27-Hillsborough Co.)
Jack Kimball, former chairman of the New Hampshire GOP Committee
(announced Nov. 18, 2011)
Rep. Sam Cataldo of Farmington (District 3-Strafford Co.)switched to Gingrich
Rep. William Condra of Wilton (District 4-Hillsborough Co.)
Rep. Kevin Reichard of Derry (District 5-Rockingham Co.)
Rep. Joseph Thomas of Merrimack (District 19-Hillsborough Co.)
Thomas Colantuono, former U.S. Attorney for NH
former Rep. Mark Carter (Hillsborough-19)
former Rep. Robert Giuda (Grafton-02)
former Rep. James A. Lawrence III (Hillsborough-18)
Headquarters: 443 Meeting Street, Unit D, West Columbia (this was the HQ for Nikki Haley's primary campaign...grand opening Oct. 7, 2011: Cain not there)
State Director William F. Head
Upstate Director Leigh Steele
based out of Greenville
Pee Dee/Lowcountry Director Erin Ashley
based out of Myrtle Beach
South Carolina Field Director Sarah Harper
based out of North Augusta/Aiken
Rep. Ralph Norman (District 48-Rock Hill)
(from Oct. 7, 2011) Elected in 2009 special election. Candidate for Congress in 2006. Elected to the House representing District 48 in 2004 and served one term. Real estate developer at Warren Norman Company, a real estate development business his father founded; joined the firm in 1975. B.S. degree in business from Presbyterian College. Lifelong resident of York County.
Richland - Matt Gottlieb
(Florida organization announced
Oct. 26, 2011)
Former State Sen. Carey Baker
Co-owner of A.W. Peterson Gun Shop; member of the FL
Guard and Iraq War veteran, and former Florida Senator, District 20.
Former Mayor Rick Baker
Director of USF Innovation Project and
former Mayor of St. Petersburg, Florida.
State Rep. Scott Plakon
Founder, President & CEO of
Nationwide Publishing Company, Inc., and member of the Florida House
Representative, District 37, since 2008. (Plakon announced his endorsement of
Cain on Sept. 23, 2011; he had backed Pawlenty before he withdrew).
Chairman and CEO of Uretek Florida
and former Chief of Staff to Vice President Dick Cheney and Former
Governor Jeb Bush.
Senior Campaign Advisor Arlene DiBenigno
Founder and president of Unico Strategies, and
advisor for campaigns including Gov. Rick Scott, Gov. Charlie Crist,
and Gov. Jeb Bush, and the presidential campaign of Sen. John McCain.
Senior Message Strategist Adam Goodman
President of The Victory Group.
Key Campaign Staff
Director of County Chairs Deborah
Volunteer Coordinator Nancy Hayes
Director of Coalitions Kamilah Prince
Co-Director for 912 Patriots Barbara Haselden
Co-Director for 912 Patriots
Director for Fair Tax/Tea Party Support Lou Marin
Regional Field Reps
Jacksonville -- Matt McCluskey
Central Florida -- Antori
Tampa -- Suzanne Moore
Nov. 1, 2011)
Representative Larry Ahern - District 51 – Pinellas County (endorsed Sept. 30)
Senator Thad Altman – District 24 – Brevard, Orange, and Seminole counties
Councilman Bill Bishop – Vice President, Jacksonville City Council
Representative Matt Caldwell – District 73 – Lee County
Councilwoman Teresa Heitmann - Naples City Council
Commissioner Tom Henning - Collier County
Commissioner Gardner Hussey - City of Altamonte Springs
Commissioner Daniel Leeper – Nassau County
Vice Mayor Jon Miller– City of Casselberry
Former Secretary of State Sandra Mortham
Senator Steve Oelrich - District 14 – Alachua
Representative Liz Porter - District 11 – Gilchrist, Lafayette, Suwanee
Representative Jimmy Smith - District 43 – Citrus, Hernando, Levy
Senator Rhonda Storms - District 10 – Brandon
Representative Carlos Trujillo - District 116 – Miami-Dade County (endorsed Sept. 30)
Florida Finance Team
(announced Nov. 3, 2011)
Statewide Chairman Martin Garcia (Tampa)
Statewide Co-Chairman Tony Sleiman (Jacksonville)
Regional Chairs: Joe Mobley (Jacksonville) - Hunter Sleiman (Jacksonville) - Rick Morales (Jacksonville) - Cotton Fletcher (North Florida) - Gloria Fletcher (North Florida) - Blake Fletcher (North Florida) - Dr. Jason Rosenberg (North Florida) - Bill Diamond (S.E. Florida) - Benjamin Newman (Central Florida) - Jack Tymann (S.W. Florida / Naples) - Steve Burton (Tampa Bay)
Nov. 9, 2011) in all 67 counties.
State Director Elicia Afton (Elicia
(March 2011) Chief of staff on the Fiore for Congress campaign in NV-3, to July 2010. Campaign manager on Cannon for Virginia State Delegate campaign, 2009. High school religion teacher at Holy Spirit Catholic High School, 2007-08. In 2005-06 worked on several mayoral and city council elections. B.A. in communications from Loyola University New Orleans, 2005.
Key Supporter Niger
State Chairman State Sen. Lori Klein
(Oct. 2011) Elected to the State Senate in
2010. Owner of
Lori Klein & Associates, which specializes in fundraising
for non-profit issue advocacy and limited government projects.
Senior Michigan Strategist John Yob
Partner in Strategic National Consulting, LLC; previously president of Independent Campaign Marketing Inc.. Deputy political director on McCain-Palin; initially the campaign's Michigan director. Graduate of the University of Michigan's College of Literature, Science, and the Arts (LSA); former chairman of the Michigan College Republicans. Youngest son of Michigan RNC Committeeman Chuck Yob.
State Headquarters 3700 DeKalb Technology Parkway, Atlanta ...grand opening Dec. 3, 2011
Co-State Director Rachel Little
been involved in several state and local campaigns.
Co-State Director Dave McCleary
Republican activist for more than 30 years and was
part of the GOP
State Committee from 2007-11. He is a North Fulton and Friends Tea
(announced Nov. 28, 2011) Experience includes management consultant at the Boston Consulting Group in their Washington, DC office.
(announced Aug. 31, 2011)
Senator Joshua McKoon (R-Columbus)
Representative Billy Maddox (R-Zebulon)
Representative E. Culver "Rusty" Kidd (I-Milledgeville)
(announced Nov. 9, 2011)
Senator Renee Unterman (R-Gwinnett)
State Director Karen Winterling
President and CEO of Dealer's Greatest Assets.
Howard County Republican Club president. From Ellicott City.
State Director Amy Sutherly
State Director Michael Branch
State Director Laura Ricketts
State Director Lora Halberstadt
An early TEA Party activist (March 2009) from
Caledonia (Racine area).
Director of Media Relations Ellen Carmichael
(resignation "on good terms" reported by CNN Oct. 1, 2011) Media projects manager for the 2010 Southern Republican Leadership Conference. In 2009, she was Louisiana state coordinator for Americans for Prosperity. A communications associate at Americans for Tax Reform in Washington, DC. Worked in the newsroom for Baton Rouge’s newspaper, The Advocate. Carmichael has worked on a number of campaigns as both a consultant—in 2007 she joined The Political Firm—and as a staffer. Degree in mass communication from Louisiana State University. From Baton Rouge, LA.
Assistant to the Communications Director Francis Boustany
(June 2011-resignation reported by CNN Oct. 1, 2011) B.A. in mass communication from Louisiana State University, 2011.
National Field Director Dan Tripp
(Jan. 2011) From Greenville, SC. Most recently
national political director at Americans for Limited Government;
started there in June 2006. State Rep in the South Carolina General
Assembly, 1994-2006. President and owner of Carolina Mortgage
Solutions, 2004-06. Founder and operation of Tripp Insurance
Agency, 1995-2004. M.B.A. from Winthrop University, 2002.
B.S. from Suffolk University, 1993.
New Hampshire Operations Director Matt
effective June 24, 2011, reported by John DiStaso, because of concern
about insufficient resources for the effort in the state; exploratory
committee announced Murphy on March 18, 2011) A NH field
for the NRA
during the 2010 midterm elections, and also director of governmental
affairs at Whitefield & Burke from Dec. 2009. Executive
director of the New Hampshire Advantage Coalition, mid-2008-Jan.
2010. Hampstead town chairman for Rudy Giuliani. Murphy
graduated from Concordia University of Montreal, Quebec in 2007
and the U.S.
Army Armor Reconnaissance School in Fort Knox, Kentucky. He also
as an armored reconnaissance specialist in the U.S. Army.
Iowa Organizational Director Tina Goff
(May 2011; resignation
reported by The Iowa Republican
on July 1, 2011, for same reasons cited by Matt Murphy) Volunteer
director on Branstad
2010 campaign. Analyst and project manager at Genesis Marketing
and Research, Inc., 2008-09. Central Iowa regional
director/volunteer coordinator on Fred Thompson's caucus
campaign. Financial director at Day Care for Exceptional
June 30, 2011) NW Iowa field staff on Fred Thompson's caucus
Iowa Charlie Gruschow
(on staff May 2011; resignation effective July 3, 2011, reported by Caffeinated Thoughts on July 5, 2011) Gruschow was a founder of the Des Moines Tea Party. Des Moines Register's Jennifer Jacobs reported on April 16, 2011 that, "Cain has no paid staff in Iowa but volunteer Charlie Gruschow, a founder of the Des Moines tea party, has become his top organizer."
Regional Field Director Jim Zeiler
(resigned latter part of June 2011)
Senior Political Advisor Scott D. Toomey
(exploratory through end of May 2011) Served as treasurer of the Hermanator PAC. President and chief creative officer of Junior's Promotions starting Sept. 2004. He was a director at BNI in Wisconsin, coaching and training small business owners and others, 2007-09. Political director on Russ Darrow for U.S. Senate, 2003-04. Assistant sales manager at Pacesetter Window Corporation, 2001-03. Organizational director at the Republican Party of Wisconsin, 1999-2001. Business finance specialist at the Wisconsin Department of Commerce, first part of 1999. Coalition coordinator on the Governor Thompson Committee, 1998. B.S. in business administration and finance from University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point.
Susan Saulny. "As Cain Promotes His Management Skills, Ex-Aides Tell of Campaign in Chaos." The New York Times, Oct. 26, 2011.
Ryan J. Foley. "Testimony: Cain campaign
aide's role." The Associated Press, Sept. 14, 2011