About

About Us

Job Creators Network is a nonpartisan organization founded by entrepreneurs like Home Depot co-founder Bernie Marcus who believe that government policies are breaking the backs of business owners and killing job creation.

Job Creators believes the best defense against bad government policies is a well-informed public and does this through its Employer to Employee education program. (E2E)

Mission

Our Mission:

  • Involve employees in the fight to defend free enterprise.
  • Inform employees how government policies impact America’s jobs.
  • Inspire employees to become more informed citizens.

Team

AlfredoOrtiz

Alfredo Ortiz : President and Chief Executive Officer

alfredo.ortiz@jobcreatorsnetwork.com

Alfredo Ortiz has been the President and CEO of Job Creators Network (JCN) since January 2014. He is also a board member for the Georgia Chamber of Commerce and an advisory board member for Littler’s Workplace Policy Institute.

He has testified before legislative committees about the impact of bad government policy on job creation, and speaks frequently to business organizations across the nation about the need for job creators to seize responsibility for defending free enterprise, both in the communities where they live and the communities they’ve created – their workplaces. His advocacy for the voice of job creators has appeared in newspapers such as the Detroit Free Press, the Colorado Springs Gazette, the Las Vegas Review-Journal, the South Florida Business Journal, and many others. He is a frequent guest on radio talk shows, including The Frank Beckmann Show, on Detroit’s WJR-760 AM, and the nationally syndicated Dennis Prager Show.

Prior to joining JCN, Alfredo was Vice President of CSM Bakery Products’ Food Service Division, a $2 billion global food company, where he was responsible for increasing national account penetration five-fold and leading a major broker realignment and trade system implementation. Alfredo was also a consultant at Boston Consulting Group in their Washington office, and has worked in marketing, new product development and corporate strategy for Georgia Pacific, Kraft and others.

Alfredo received his MBA in 1993 at the University of Michigan and graduated from Pomona College in 1990 with a bachelor’s degree in Economics. He is fluent in English and Spanish.

Phil Willard Chief Financial Officer

Phil Willard : Chief Financial Officer

phil.willard@jobcreatorsnetwork.com

Phil is responsible for the financial planning and management of JCN to insure that the organization is being operated within the guidelines set forth for a 501c3. This includes short and long term planning to insure JCN has the necessary resources to meet the goals and objectives of the organization.

Phil has a strong, diverse background in non-profits, service industry and manufacturing. He has over 25 years of senior financial leadership at the corporate level for companies such as Celanese, Terex Corporation, Reliant Worldwide Plastics.

Elaine Lutz Vice President Communications

Elaine Lutz : Chief Marketing Officer

elaine.lutz@jobcreatorsnetwork.com

Elaine Lutz is Chief Marketing Officer for Job Creators Network. In her role she leads the organization’s overall strategic media objectives and outreach for members and develops policy positions for the organization.

Elaine has 12 years of progressive experience in corporate communications as an independent consultant. Her experience includes developing media strategies and tactics designed to protect corporate reputation, litigation communications, public policy advocacy and crisis communications.

Media Contact

Andrew Ransom: Media Associate

andrew.ransom@jobcreatorsnetwork.com

National Outreach

Jenn L. Penn

Jenn L. Penn
Vice President, E2E

Jenn.Penn@jobcreatorsnetwork.com • 720-937-2148

Jenn Penn serves as JCN’s Vice President of E2E and Colorado State Director. Jenn has over 16 years of experience working in Colorado politics and over 6 years of experience working on employer to employee (E2E) engagement, communications and strategy. In her role as VP E2E, Jenn works with JCN State Directors and partners to set and reach strategic goals through engaging companies and associations.

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Betty Braun
Director of Outreach and Development

Betty.Braun@jobcreatorsnetwork.com • 832-693-1633

Betty Braun serves as the Director of Outreach and Development for JCN. Betty develops relationships with Young CEO Professionals, National CEO’s, Associations and business leaders nationally. Betty has held management positions with multiple Fortune 500 companies. She also serves on the Board of Directors for her local Habitat for Humanity.

Fernando Silva

Fernando Silva
National Hispanic Coalitions Director

Fernando.Silva@jobcreatorsnetwork.com • 202-768-8278

Fernando Silva serves as National Hispanic Coalitions Director and South Florida State Director for JCN. In this capacity he develops relationships with Hispanic CEO’s and national associations representing the Hispanic businesses and leads all South Florida efforts. He also serves as Chair of Corporate Relations for the South Florida Chapter Board of NSHMBA. In addition to his work in the nonprofit sector, he has held positions in independent agencies and Fortune 500 insurance companies. He is a graduate of the University of Miami and is finishing his Masters in Finance at Florida International University.

State Directors

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GEORGIA & NORTH CAROLINA: David Reddick

David.Reddick@JobCreatorsNetwork.com • 770-852-5470

As the new Georgia State Director of Job Creators Network, David Reddick works alongside businesses, associations and entrepreneurs in the Peach State to support the growth and success of JCN nationally. He brings more than 15 years management, sales and marketing, and executive search experience to JCN and served as an executive with companies like United Technologies, Philip Morris and Coca-Cola.

Jenn L. Penn

COLORADO: Jenn L. Penn

Jenn.Penn@jobcreatorsnetwork.com • 720-937-2148

Jenn Penn serves as JCN’s Vice President of E2E and Colorado State Director. Jenn has over 16 years of experience working in Colorado politics and over 6 years of experience working on employer to employee (E2E) engagement, communications and strategy. In her role as VP E2E, Jenn works with JCN State Directors and partners to set and reach strategic goals through engaging companies and associations.

Fernando Silva

SOUTH FLORIDA: Fernando Silva

Fernando.Silva@jobcreatorsnetwork.com • 202-768-8278

Fernando Silva serves as National Hispanic Coalitions Director and South Florida State Director for JCN. In this capacity he develops relationships with Hispanic CEO’s and national associations representing the Hispanic businesses and leads all South Florida efforts. He also serves as Chair of Corporate Relations for the South Florida Chapter Board of NSHMBA. In addition to his work in the nonprofit sector, he has held positions in independent agencies and Fortune 500 insurance companies. He is a graduate of the University of Miami and is finishing his Masters in Finance at Florida International University.

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NORTH CENTRAL AND NORTH FLORIDA: Arlene DiBenigno

Arlene.DiBenigno@jobcreatorsnetwork.com • 850-688-3307

Arlene DiBenigno is the North Central and North Florida State Director for Job Creators Network. She has two decades of experience in various states and nationally as a policy development and political campaign adviser, and has conducted public outreach for three different Florida governors. She managed Florida’s 2008 Amendment 1, a successful ballot measure that brought property tax relief to state homeowners.

Arlene has also developed multi-cultural communication strategies for major non-profit organizations and advocacy initiatives, such as The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Pfizer, the Foundation for Excellence in Education, the Latino Leaders Network, the 60 Plus Association, and the 2012 Tampa Bay Host Committee for the Republican National Convention.