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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.

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, Hugh Hewitt, Breitbart Radio, 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 ExaminerRealClear PolicyTownhallThe HillFoxNews.comThe 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 media strategy of campaigns launched by the organization. The most recent initiative is Healthcare For You—a multifaceted campaign pushing for a free market, choice-based healthcare reform framework.

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.