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Burger Cain

13 June 2011 @ 14:19

Over at NRO, Nat Brown has a good report up on Herman Cain’s tenure running Burger Kings and the Godfather’s Pizza chain.

It is an interesting look into the way Mr. Cain handles executive duties. A highlight:

When Pillsbury asked Herman Cain to take over as president of its Godfather’s Pizza chain in 1986, they knew the man could deliver. In 1982, Cain had resigned his post as vice president of corporate systems for the company and taken up a new position as manager of the Philadelphia branch of Burger King (also Pillsbury-owned), which until then had been its lowest-ranking region. Once Cain instituted a set of practical service-related reforms — such as making sure that shift managers were not being overworked — that quickly changed. By the time Cain finished and took up Godfather’s presidency three years later, Burger King’s Philadelphia region consistently placed first or second in performance. As leader of Godfather’s, Cain brought this same set of strategies, and even some of the same managers, with him to the troubled pizza chain….

After Pillsbury acquired Godfather’s Pizza and put Cain in charge, he set about reforming the chain’s management priorities: Cain wanted to measure success not by the number of Godfather’s units operating, but rather by the average sales of each unit, which Cain saw as more important for long-term success. So he closed unprofitable restaurants, reducing the number of Godfather’s units from 725 at the time of his 1986 takeover to about 525 by 1995. And Cain’s emphasis on quality over quantity proved effective. Nation’s Restaurant News reported that while the system-wide sales of the 725 units totaled approximately $260 million in 1986, by 1995 the much smaller network of 525 Godfather’s restaurants was making $250 million annually.

Impressive.

Tonight, Mr. Cain will be part of the CNN-sponsored debate in New Hampshire. Stacy McCain has donned his psychic [or is it psycho?] hat again to make another prediction [he predicted Mr. Cain would win the South Carolina Fox News debate]:

ABC News says: “Mitt Romney is the man to beat.” OK, then tomorrow’s big headline should be:

Herman Cain Beats ‘The Man to Beat’

The media won’t actually write that headline, of course, but that’s what will actually happen tonight.

Since Sarah Palin is not in the debate, I sure hope Stacy’s vibe is in tune.

I’m sure he will be covering the debate over at his joint and DaTechGuy is up in Manchester, so keep an eye on his place as well.

3 Comments
  1. Adobe Walls permalink
    13 June 2011 @ 19:32 19:32

    I’m not convinced that being a successful businessman is the end all be all to being competent to run a business friendly executive branch of government.

  2. 13 June 2011 @ 20:09 20:09

    I have to DVR that debate and catch it after the kiddo goes to bed.

  3. bobbelvedere permalink*
    13 June 2011 @ 22:58 22:58

    Adobe: Quite, but it does mean something to understand what it takes to make a payroll and have to work around the government BS.

    Matt: Godspeed.

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