Jason Alexander was one of the stars of the award-winning television sitcom "Seinfeld." His character, the neurotic George Costanza, was based in part on the show's creator, Larry David. The role earned Alexander six Emmy and four Golden Globe nominations, an American television and two American Comedy Awards as Best Supporting Actor, and a Best Actor honor (despite the supporting role status) from the Screen Actors Guild.
He has also appeared in a number of movies ("Love! Valour! Compassion!", "Pretty Woman", and "Shallow Hal") and done some work as a director, including a recent successful Hollywood concert version of the musical "Hair," for which he was also the emcee. He is also known for providing the voice of the lead character in the cult animated series "Duckman."
Mr. Cain graduated from the Morehouse College with a B.S. in Mathematics in 1967, and he earned his Master's Degree in Computer Science from Purdue University in 1971.
Following employment with the Navy and Coca-Cola, he joined The Pillsbury Company in 1977, rising to vice president, corporate systems and services, in just three years. In 1982, he gave up the vice president position at Pillsbury to learn the restaurant business at its Burger King subsidiary. Mr. Cain was named vice president and general manager, responsible for the Philadelphia region after nine months with the Burger King Corporation. In less than three years, he turned the Philadelphia region into one of Burger King's best performing regions.
In 1986, he was selected by Pillsbury to assume the presidency of the declining Godfather's Pizza subsidiary. He succeeded in turning the company's performance around in less than eighteen months. In 1988, he successfully led a group of Godfather's Pizza senior management in purchasing the pizza chain from The Pillsbury Company. It was successes like this that earned him the nickname "The Hermanator."
The Wall Street Journal and Business Week hail him as one of today's most influential business leaders. Herman Cain is author of Leadership is Common Sense and a business evangelist who blends hands-on experience, common sense, and humor to show what leadership is - and what it isn't. He shows how to create a self-motivated team and inspire extraordinary achievement in others. His prescription is to create a compelling vision and then succeed through those who have the motivation, determination, and passion to achieve it.
"You were great! In the three days since your speech, I've had countless members of our sales organization mention the impact your words had on both their business perspective and their personal lives. You were the highlight of our meeting."
- Richard Francis, Proctor & Gamble
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