Barry Tolli, director of the documentary film “From Poor to CEO: The Incredible Journey of Herman Cain,” says the former presidential candidate and business leader led the quintessential American life.
“He’s just an incredibly inspiring person. I knew about Herman, I knew 9-9-9, I knew all that stuff, his personality,” the director recounted of his old boss, who died of complications from COVID-19 in July.
“When I met him, I just got to find out more and more about his story, because he was such a humble man as well,” Tolli added.
“From Poor to CEO” chronicles Cain’s improbable rise from a lower-income, working-class family in Atlanta to CEO of Godfather’s Pizza to chairman of the board of the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City to president of the National Restaurant Association and later to candidate for president of the United States.
The businessman’s parents — Luther (a barber, janitor and chauffeur) and Lenora (a domestic worker) — had two big dreams for their family: to buy a house and to see their two sons graduate from college.
Through hard work, both dreams came to pass.
“He obviously grew up in the segregated South, and so he experienced all of the things that we hear about from those times, but he made it his work to overcome those barriers,” Gallo said.
“And when he would face a challenge, he would pray and he would work and he would focus and use that to drive him past whatever barriers that would come his way.”
“The main thing behind anything he did was faith and family,” Gallo said. “That drove all of his decisions in business and in every area of his life. It always boiled down to his faith and his family, and that’s exactly what this documentary highlights.”
“When I really got to spend time with him personally, I saw what a unique individual and how special he was, and how he impacted everybody that he came around,” said Tolli, who also worked with Cain on his daily online program for The Western Journal before the conservative icon’s passing.
“Everybody that he saw, he met at 100 percent,” the director added. “He didn’t care what your race was, what your religion was or what your political background was, he met you at 100 as a human being. He loved you.”
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This article appeared originally on The Western Journal.