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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 leads the defense of small businesses from the onslaught of bad government policies. He is a frequent commentator appearing on cable news networks including Fox Business and CNBC. His writings also regularly appear in national outlets, including The Wall Street Journal, USA Today, CNBC and The Hill.

Born to immigrants in Southern California, Alfredo witnessed his parents fight for their own slice of the American Dream. Starting at an early age, Alfredo recognized the importance of job creation and economic opportunity.

In his youth, Alfredo studied economics at Pomona College and received his MBA from the University of Michigan. He knew that he was lucky to live in America and decided to pursue the sort of success that can only be realized in this country.

After going to school, he spent some time as a corporate strategist at a number of Fortune 500 companies, including Georgia Pacific and Kraft. He later began working with CSM Bakery Products’ Food Service Division, where he became vice president and oversaw a five-fold increase in national account penetration.

In 2014, Alfredo became President and CEO of the Job Creators Network. In his role, he advocates on behalf of small business job creators in policy debates throughout the country. Not only has he testified before legislative committees about taxes and regulation, but he also frequently appears in the opinion sections of newspapers across the country taking his small business advocacy message directly to millions of Americans.

Of note, Alfredo led JCN’s efforts that helped pass the historic tax cuts bill of 2017. Working with former Speaker of the House, Newt Gingrich, JCN focused and directed grassroots members and the 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.

Alfredo saw the value of the American Dream and chased after it. Now, he wants to make sure every small business owner has the same opportunity to make that dream a reality as well.

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 the Chief Communications Officer of the Job Creators Network. 

A graduate of the University of Central Florida, Elaine studied business administration. After graduating, Elaine spent time as the Public Relations Manager for Chrysler where she honed her skills and learned to expertly interact with the media and wider public.

As she learned the value of entrepreneurship and realized the amazing opportunity she has as an American to pursue her own dreams of success, Elaine became an independent consultant, specializing in areas including public policy advocacy, media strategies, and crisis communications.

While working as an independent consultant, Elaine interacted with high-profile clients like 5-Hour Energy, but also spent time with small business owners. It was during this time that Elaine began to have a deeper appreciation for the vital role small businesses play in the American economy.

A frequent guest on nationally syndicated radio shows including Mike Gallagher and John Fredericks and on Fox News, Elaine advocates on behalf of the country’s 30 million small business owners. Her writings have appeared in the Washington Examiner, RealClear Policy, Townhall, The Hill, FoxNews.com, The Orange County Register, and other major national publications.

Elaine uses her experience to educate other people on some of the most important aspects of the American government and economy. In her role with the foundation, Elaine oversees the polls JCN conducts in collaboration with pollster Scott Rasmussen, as well as the educational materials that are posted to InformationStation.org.

Today, Elaine continues to educate the American public about the vital role that small businesses play in our economy, while also advocating for policies that will allow entrepreneurs across the country to grow and thrive.

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 one of the best-known entrepreneurs in Colorado and the visionary behind Camp Bow Wow, a 100 million pet care franchise founded in 2000. Her story is one of overcoming adversity and turning hardship into success.

When she was 27, she lost her husband in a tragic plane crash. Heidi was devastated and thought she would never recover. But she had two dogs with her who helped remind her that life goes on and she needed to work through the tragedy she faced. During that time, Heidi’s affinity for dogs was deepened.

With settlement money from the tragic accident, Heidi tried her hand at entrepreneurship, creating a small business called Nursery Works, which was a baby room catalog company. Unfortunately, the venture was unsuccessful and went up in smoke.

But she didn’t give up.

Heidi commenced on yet another entrepreneurial endeavor—starting a doggy day camp for dogs. The business came to be called Camp Bow Wow.

Within a year after the business’ inception, Camp Bow Wow began receiving major media attention—which increased business and provided the opportunity to open a second location.

Soon, more people wanted to open their own Camp Bow Wow locations, so she began franchising the company. More attention came when Camp Bow Wow was featured on the homepage of AOL. On that day, Heidi and her team received more than 1,000 franchise sale leads. Soon, she sold over 100 franchises, opening locations all across North America.

Finally, after a rocky start, Heidi was on the path to success.

In 2008, the market crashed and nearly took Camp Bow Wow and all of Heidi’s hard work with it. But she weathered the recession and soon found her company listed as one of the fastest growing businesses in the country. Heidi even founded the Bow Wow Buddies Foundation to provide care for dogs and help find them a home.

She also recently founded the Fight Back Foundation, an incubator built to support social entrepreneurs that want to tackle the most pressing societal issues confronting kids today, and just launched her new lifestyle brand for millennial and Gen Z women, the SheFactor.

Heidi lost a lot throughout her life but followed her passion and eventually realized her very own American Dream, as well as provided others the opportunity to do the very same.

Today, she lives in Colorado with her husband and four children. Heidi is a successful business owner who never stopped fighting. Her story shows that even after numerous setbacks, success is never out of reach. Heidi will often speak about her journey and works with the Job Creators Network to keep the American Dream alive for the next generation.

Andrew Puzder

Andrew Puzder

Former CEO, CKE Restaurants, Inc.

Andy Puzder is an attorney, author, and the former CEO of CKE Restaurants, the parent company of major restaurant chains—notably Hardee’s and Carl’s Jr. Like so many other successful Americans, his story is one that could only happen in America, the land of opportunity.

His grandfather arrived in America in 1912 in search of a better life. Andy’s father was a World War II combat veteran and later worked as a Ford car salesman outside Cleveland. While Andy didn’t have much growing up, his family worked hard to carve out their own little slice of the American Dream.

As a child, he never thought about his economic status—until one day when he went with his father to the house of a customer who lived in an affluent suburb and had an impressive home. The 10 year-old Andy learned that the man was a lawyer and a business owner. He was inspired to follow a similar path to carve out his own path to success.

As a young man, Andy took on a wide array of jobs involving manual labor as he worked his way through college and law school. Starting as a trial lawyer, he became well-known in St. Louis and throughout Missouri.

While in St. Louis, he represented Carl Kacher, the founder of Carl’s Jr. After helping the founder avoid financial ruin, Andy continued to work with the company and in 2000, was named CEO of CKE Restaurants. He held the position of CEO until his retirement in 2017. Today, Andy is credited with helping turn the company around and putting it back on the path of growth.

Andy has used his success to advocate for business-friendly policies. He is a regular commentator appearing on business news programs. His writings on economic, legal, and political issues have appeared in major publications—such as The Wall Street Journal, The Hill, the Orange County Register, and Forbes.

He has also authored two books: Job Creation: How it Really Works and Why Government Doesn’t Understand It and The Capitalist Comeback: The Trump Boom and the Left’s Plot to Stop It.

His success has given him the opportunity to give back to the world. Andy and his wife are both major contributors to charitable causes including the Dream Foundation, a non-profit that serves terminally ill adults, and Father Kevin Conroy’s ministry helping children with AIDS in Cambodia.

In 2016, Andy was an Economic Adviser and spokesman for the Trump Campaign for President. Due to his assistance on the campaign, and a life full of hard work and success, Andy was nominated to be the United States Secretary of Labor.

Today, Andy and his wife Dee live in Franklin, Tennessee. They have six children and six grandchildren. As a board member of JCN, Andy wants to help small business owners find their own path to success, just as he once did. His story clearly highlights the American values of perseverance, hard work, and success.

Alfredo Ortiz

Alfredo Ortiz

President and CEO, Job Creators Network
Brad Anderson

Brad Anderson

Former CEO and Vice Chairman, Best Buy Co.

Brad Anderson is the former CEO and Vice Chairman of Best Buy.

Brad was born in Sheridan, Wyoming and raised as a pastor’s kid in Fort Worth and later Minneapolis. When he was a high school student, his guidance counselor advised him to not seek higher education, due to his below-average performance in high school. Brad decided to go against the odds and went to Waldorf College, where he discovered a love for learning. He would later go on to study sociology at the University of Denver.

Originally, Brad was following in his father’s footsteps—attending seminary for a year, but he quickly realized it wasn’t a good fit. Brad didn’t know what career he wanted to pursue, but he humorously knew he wanted to be able to listen to music while making money. And in 1973, Brad became a sales associate in Minneapolis at a Sound of Music store, which would later become Best Buy.

During his early experiences at the store, he learned what it was like to be on the sales floor, how to familiarize himself with new products, how to work with customers, and how to conduct himself in a company.

At first, he described himself as a poor salesman—it took him two weeks to administer his first purchase—but he eventually became a store manager. However, turbulent times were ahead.

By the end of his first seven years at the company, the business was struggling, people were being fired, checks were bouncing, and the founder came to Brad to ask who he should promote to help fix the company. In what Brad describes as an out of character move, he asked for the position—and soon got it.

He joined the corporate office as vice president in 1981 and began implementing a stronger sense of customer-centric policies. As a result, Best Buy began seeing a period of rapid growth as the chain opened its first supercenter. By 1991, Brad was named president of Best Buy.

In 2004, Best Buy was named Forbes “Company of the Year.” As e-commerce became more popular, Brad was excited by the challenge and the new tools that came with the territory. And he always kept the focus on the customer.

After 36 years with Best Buy, Brad retired. He now serves on the board of the Job Creators Network to safeguard entrepreneurs from harmful government policies and to ensure that other people have the opportunity to follow the American dream, just as he once did.

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.