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About

Job Creators Network is a nonpartisan organization founded by entrepreneurs like The Home Depot co-founder Bernie Marcus who believe that many government policies are getting in the way of the economic freedom that helped make this country prosperous.

Job Creators Network believes the best defense against bad government policy is a well-educated public and accomplishes this through employee education.

We are the voice of Main Street.

Mission

Job Creators Network is a nonpartisan organization whose mission is to educate employees of Main Street America, so we can protect the 85 million people who depend on the success of small businesses.

JCN provides business leaders and entrepreneurs with the tools to become the voice of free enterprise in the media, in Congress, in state capitals, in their communities, and their workplaces—allowing them to hold politicians accountable to job creators and their employees.

We are the voice of Main Street.

Facts On Small Business

  • There are 30 million small business owners in America and they employ 59 million people—meaning 90 million Americans depend on small business.
  • Over 8 million small businesses are minority owned.
  • About 10 million small businesses are owned by women.
  • About 1/5 of small businesses are family owned and operated.
  • Small business owners are responsible for 2/3rds of new jobs.
  • About 95% of small businesses in America are pass throughs—meaning their owners pay personal income taxes on the profits of their business.
  • According to a recent JCN national poll of small business owners, the number one policy concern is high taxes.
  • According to that same poll most small business owners would reinvest any tax cut savings back into their businesses in the form of wage hikes, new hiring, and expansion, showing that tax cuts would help boost the economy.

Coalitions

National Women’s Coalition

Creating the American Dream of business ownership and experiencing freedom, flexibility, and financial success for women and their families isn’t easy. There are many roadblocks on a woman’s business journey, and the Job Creators Network National Women’s Coalition was formed to ensure that government overreach is not one of them.

Women business owners represent a growing and enterprising group of business and industry leaders. In fact, U.S. women own more than 11.6 million businesses, accounting for 39% of all privately held firms, employing nearly 9 million people.

Our Women’s Coalition was launched to broaden the JCN mission and give added voice to women business leaders around the country. Together, we’ll learn from each other’s ideas, input and vision on behalf of all women-run businesses.

Partners

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Leadership

Alfredo Ortiz

Alfredo Ortiz

President and Chief Executive Officer

Alfredo Ortiz is the president and CEO of the Job Creators Network, where he has led the defense of small businesses from the onslaught of bad government policies. Alfredo has testified before legislative committees about the impact of taxation and regulation on small business growth, and speaks frequently to business organizations across the nation about the need for job creators to seize responsibility for defending free enterprise.

He has been widely published in major media outlets, including The Wall Street Journal, USA Today, CNBC, The Hill, and U.S. News & World Report and is a frequent guest on cable news networks and national radio talk shows, including CNN, Fox News, Sean Hannity, Hugh Hewitt, Mike Gallagher, and the Dennis Prager Show. He is an advisory board member for Littler’s Workplace Policy Institute and a board member of The Latino Coalition.

Ortiz was instrumental in helping pass the historic tax cuts bill of 2017. Working with former Speaker of the House, Newt Gingrich, Ortiz focused and directed JCN’s grassroots and business community to support Congressional leadership and include small business owners in the tax cut bill. JCN sent more than 550,000 emails to Congress and ran a multi-million dollar media campaign to support the bill.

Prior to joining JCN, Alfredo was a marketing and corporate strategy consultant, working for a variety of Fortune 500 companies. Alfredo received his MBA at the University of Michigan and graduated from Pomona College with a bachelor’s degree in Economics.

Born to immigrant parents in Southern California, Alfredo saw first-hand the importance of job creation and economic opportunity, as his parents fought for their piece of the American Dream.  Now he is grateful for the opportunity to lead an organization that can serve as advocates for the nearly 30 million small business owners in this country that are also fighting for their American Dream, and the nearly 60 million employees that are dependent on the success of these small business owners.

Elaine Parker

Elaine Parker

President of the Job Creators Network Foundation and Chief Communications Officer of Job Creators Network

Elaine Parker is the President of the Job Creators Network Foundation and Chief Communications Officer of the Job Creators Network. In her role, she executes the foundation’s principle aims of public policy education and strategic media outreach. Elaine speaks frequently to business organizations and small business owners to identify solutions to the issues they face and develop strategies to address them. Elaine is a frequent guest on nationally syndicated radio shows and television networks–including Fox News. Her op-eds also regularly appear in major print publications–including the Washington Examiner, Real Clear Policy, Orange County Register, The Hill and other national newspapers.

Prior to joining the JCN team, Elaine was a Public Relations Manager at Chrysler as well as an independent communications consultant developing media strategies and tactics in corporate, litigation, and crisis communications as well as public policy advocacy for high-profile clients like 5-Hour Energy. She is a graduate of the University of Central Florida.

Phil Willard

Phil Willard

Chief Financial Officer and Chief Operations Officer

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, and Reliant Worldwide Plastics.

Our Team

Communications

Toni Angelini

Toni Angelini

Senior Director of Communications

Toni brings a distinct blend of skills in politics and communications to the table. An outstanding strategist, communicator, and policy expert, she came to JCN from the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) where she consistently led the organization in earned news production.

Prior to working for NFIB, Angelini served in both terms of Governor Chris Christie’s administration. Originally appointed to the administration at the Motor Vehicle Commission to oversee community relations, she was promoted to the Governor’s office to coordinate Sandy relief in the highest impacted regions of the state. Her responsibilities ranged from coordinating public events for Governor Christie, representing the Governor at rebuilding committees, and ensuring that there was consistent and effective communication between elected officials and the front office throughout the recovery process.

Additionally, Toni has served as the communications director for political campaigns, varying from municipal to congressional elections. Toni served as a Councilwoman from 2010 through 2015 where she was elected Council President after spending three years as Police Commissioner. Angelini’s nonprofit experience includes several years as an advocate for foster children, volunteering as a fundraising for a number of charities and serving on the board of trustees for a private school dedicated to educating underprivileged middle school girls. Toni attended Rutgers University and resides in New Jersey with her husband and three children.

Membership Services

Betty Braun

Betty Braun

Events Director

Betty Braun serves as the Events Director for JCN. Betty manages JCN events with associations, business leaders and elected officials nationally. Betty has more than 15 years of experience executing events and management experience with companies such as, Anheuser Busch, Coors Brewing Company and 5-hour ENERGY®.

Tyrone Latchman

Tyrone Latchman

State Chapter and Membership Services Coordinator

Tyrone Latchman serves as JCN’s State Chapter & Membership Services Coordinator. He manages the relationship between JCN and its members by working across departments to provide opportune and tailored solutions. He oversees the CRM and manages data during the life cycle of member’s relationship. Tyrone has 15 years in the banking industry working for such companies as Bank of America, East West Bank and Pittsburgh National Corp. where he grew deposits, lead teams and advocated for clients. He is a graduate of Georgia State University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management.

Outreach

Scott Hantler

Scott Hantler

Millennial Coalitions Director

Scott serves as the Millennial Coalitions Director for JCN. Scott develops relationships with young professionals associations, young entrepreneurs, and millennial businesses nationally. He has experience in public relations, social media management, and digital media production. He has held positions with Fortune 500 media companies and is a graduate of the University of Michigan.

Debbie Brown

Debbie Brown

National Women's Coalition Director

Debbie Brown is the Director of the National Women’s Coalition for the Job Creators Network. In her role she works give added voice to women business leaders across the country who want to speak out on issues that affect their business.

Debbie Brown, a strategic communications and political consultant, directs her expertise to political problem-solving, coalition building and business strategy. Debbie has directed the strategy development, messaging, and marketing for businesses, nonprofit organizations, advocacy efforts and candidate campaigns of all sizes.

Debbie has been featured as a political strategist on Special Report with Bret Baier on Fox News, BBC News World Have Your Say, SkyNews, The Wall Street Journal, Washington Times, Washington Post, New York Times, as well as regional and local media.

Prior to her work in the political and advocacy arena, Debbie was the founding partner in the boutique marketing firm, Firsthand Marketing, that provided strategic business support for banking, mortgage and credit union clients.

Debbie serves on Board of Directors for the Colorado Women’s Chamber of Commerce and is Chair of the Public Affairs Committee. Debbie taught as an Affiliate Faculty at Colorado Christian University’s School of Business and Leadership. Debbie has been recognized as a Top Woman in Energy, Who’s Who in Energy and a finalist for Outstanding Women in Business by the Denver Business Journal.

Debbie is a graduate of Northern Arizona University.

Job Creators Network Board

Heidi Ganahl

Heidi Ganahl

Founder, Camp Bow Wow

Heidi Ganahl is best known as the founder of Camp Bow Wow, the country’s largest pet care franchise.

She has faced extraordinary adversity in her life and responded by turning her life-long passion for dogs into Camp Bow Wow, a $100 million brand, which she sold recently.

Heidi received the 2016 Colorado Brave Leader Award and was chosen as one of Fortune’s 10 Most Promising Women Entrepreneurs. She was also featured in Parade Magazine’s Designing Women: 10 of the Most Amazing Female Entrepreneurs in U.S. History.

Heidi won a heated statewide election in 2016 to become a University of Colorado Regent. The Regents oversee a 3.8 billion budget as CU is the third largest employer in the state and generates $7 billion for the state economy.

Heidi is passionate about giving back. She’s on various boards focused on entrepreneurship and education and has her own non-profit, the Families Fight Back Foundation, to positively tackle the most pressing issues facing our kids today like bullying, teen sex assault, school safety and substance abuse in teens.

Heidi is married to Jason, one of the top competitive BBQ cooks in the country, who recently opened GQUE, a popular new restaurant. They have four kids – Tori, Hollie and twins, Jack and Jenna!

Andrew Puzder

Andrew Puzder

Former CEO, CKE Restaurants, Inc.

Andy Puzder is the former chief executive officer of CKE Restaurants, Inc., parent company of Carl’s Jr. and Hardee’s. Puzder joined CKE in 1997 as executive vice president and general counsel. He is broadly credited with resurrecting Hardee’s and turning CKE from a heavily indebted company with declining profits and sales to a profitable, stable and growing company. Prior to joining CKE, Puzder served as executive vice president, general counsel for Fidelity National Financial, Inc. and chief executive officer of Santa Barbara Restaurant Group, Inc. He was formerly a partner with the law firm Stradling, Yocca, Carlson & Rauth. Puzder received his juris doctorate in 1978 from Washington University School of Law in St. Louis. He is co-author of the book, “Job Creation: How It Really Works and Why Government Doesn’t Understand It.” Puzder is a frequent author and commentator on economic, political and legal issues in influential outlets including the Wall Street Journal, Investor’s Business Daily, Orange County Register, Forbes, POLITICO, CNBC, Fox News, Fox Business and others.

Alfredo Ortiz

Alfredo Ortiz

President and CEO, Job Creators Network
Brad Anderson

Brad Anderson

Former CEO and Vice Chairman, Best Buy Co.

Retired chief executive officer and vice chairman of the board for Best Buy Co., Inc., a multinational retailer of technology and entertainment products and services. Began his service with Best Buy in 1973 as a commissioned sales person for the Sound of Music, the precursor to Best Buy.

Founder Dick Schulze recognized the success of Anderson’s retail operations expertise and named him vice president in 1981. Anderson worked closely with Schulze on all of the major strategic initiatives that transformed and grew Best Buy, including the move to a noncommissioned store staff and the decision to let customers browse for themselves in warehouse style stores.

In 1986, Anderson was promoted to executive vice president and was elected to Best Buy’s Board of Directors. In April 1991, he was promoted to president and chief operating officer. Anderson was named vice chairman in 2001, and in June 2002, he assumed the position of chief executive officer.

Earned an associate degree from Waldorf College and a bachelor’s degree from the University of Denver.

Stephen Moore

Stephen Moore

Heritage Foundation Fellow

During the 2016 Presidential campaign, Steve Moore served as a Senior Economic Adviser to Donald Trump, where he focused on tax reform, regulatory reform and energy policy. In addition to his role at 32 Advisors, Moore is a Heritage visiting senior fellow and a Senior Economic Analyst at CNN.

Stephen Bienko

Stephen Bienko

CEO, Fownders

Stephen is currently the CEO of Fownders which provides business startups with an entrepreneurial ecosystem to take their ideas and business models from seed to scale. Fownders is a live, work, play model that provides working incubation, co-living and educational curriculum in new urban markets.

Stephen is also the head track and field coach at Newark Academy, a nationally ranked independent school in Livingston, NJ.

Stephen had been the President of 42 Holdings which specialized in brand ownership of companies within the home services industry.

42 Holdings was the largest franchise owner of College Hunks Hauling Junk and Moving with locations in NJ, TN, OH, and Fl.

Prior to College Hunks, Stephen was the Senior Vice President of SequentialT, a technology marketing company that supercharges fan engagement by producing new revenue streams for sports, music, foundations, and political verticals.

Before SequentialT, Stephen was the Director of Marketing at Kennedy Funding.

Stephen was involved in sports marketing and athlete management for 10 years. He designed and implemented some of the most successful marketing initiatives in the Olympic sports division. He spent two years marketing the 2008 Olympic Gold Medalist in the Decathlon.

Stephen spent his early years in business training hundreds of athletes in multiple sports, more than 20 of the athletes he trained (while they were in high school), made it on to the professional ranks. In the process of training, he designed and built multiple athletic training facilities.

Starting his professional career in the New Jersey State Police, Stephen was awarded “Top Trainee” while at the Sea Girt, NJ basic training. He was a road duty trooper and a member of the Drug and Alcohol Control Task Force.

In 2015 Stephen unsuccessfully ran for City Council in the City of Fort Myers. Bienko’s campaign, debate, enthusiasm, and attention to the true challenges of the city made for one of the most talked about City Council races in Fort Myers’ history.

Stephen is a regular figure in the media and has been featured on Fox News, Fox Business, Bloomberg TV, AMC, BRAVO, NJ Star Ledger, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Tennessean, NJ Biz Magazine, Luxury Life Magazine, NJ Monthly Magazine, and many more.

Stephen has been honored as Man of the Year for Habitat for Humanity, The International Franchise Association Franchisee of the Year, and Franchisee of the Year by College Hunks for three straight years. Stephen serves on the Board of Directors for the PACE School for Girls, The Valarie House, Job Creators Network, and sits on the Academy Review Board for U.S. Representative Rodney Frelinghuysen (NJ).

Stephen proudly attended the United States Air Force Academy and graduated from Villanova University where he was a member of each schools football and track and field programs. He currently lives in New Jersey with his three children.