Job Creators Network Foundation is a nonpartisan organization founded by entrepreneurs like The Home Depot co-founder Bernie Marcus who believe the best defense against bad government policies is a well-informed public. JCN advances this mission through the Employer to Employee education program (E2E).
JCN’s nonpartisan E2E program is strictly focused on empowering individuals through basic public policy education. JCN strongly supports the right of every employee to empower themselves with as much public policy information as possible, and more importantly the right of every individual to think for themselves and make their own private decision regarding what to do with that information.
JCN does not and will not endorse candidates, political parties nor partisan organizations created to advance the election of candidates.
- Involve employees in the fight to defend free enterprise.
- Inform employees how government policies impact America’s jobs.
- Inspire employees to become more informed citizens.
Alfredo Ortiz : 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.
Elaine Parker : President
Elaine Parker is the President of the Job Creators Network Foundation. 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 like Dennis Prager and Mike Gallagher and her opeds have appeared in the Washington Examiner, The Hill, Real Clear Policy, and other national publications.
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 : Chief Financial Officer
Phil is responsible for the financial planning and management of JCNF to ensure that the organization is being operated within the guidelines set forth for a 501(c)(3). This includes short and long term planning to insure JCNF 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, Reliant Worldwide Plastics.
Scott Verner : Trividia Health, President and CEO
In 2007, Scott was recruited by the CEO and Board of Directors of Home Diagnostics, Inc. to re-energize and organize the company’s fragmented sales and marketing department, as Senior Vice President. During the next three years, he engineered the company’s turnaround, leading to its acquisition by Nipro Corporation at 5 times trading price.
In 2010 he was named President of Nipro Diagnostics, Inc., a subsidiary of Nipro Corporation, formed in the merger of Home Diagnostics Inc. and Nipro Diabetes Systems, Inc. (Now called Trividia Health following Nipro’s January 2016 acquisition by Sinocare Group.) He subsequently led the company’s post-merger and integration activities, while providing leadership and direction to the diagnostic, OTC, insulin delivery, pharmacy, and pharmaceutical divisions. As chief strategy architect for the strategic plan, and lead builder of new revenue platforms for the company, Scott has led his team to deliver 8 consecutive quarters of earnings, revenue, and double digit market share gains, while holding the spending line, and competing against J&J, Bayer, Roche and Abbott.
Scott’s earlier career was marked by continuous promotion into leadership roles as a result of his success in new product launch, sales and sales management, and team building. At Novartis, he served as Territory Manager of the Professional Products Group in 1988, and was promoted to become the group’s Senior Sales Manager in 1991. He later became Market Manager of Novartis’ $1 billion medical device and OTC business. He joined Allergan in 2001, leading sales and national account teams as Zone Manager of the $1 billion pharmaceuticals and OTC products division. He was promoted in 2002 to U.S. Region Manager of Advanced Medical Optics (A.M.O), a $515 million Allergan spin-off that he had helped established as a stand alone, fully integrated pharmaceutical and medical device company.
In 2004, Scott was recruited by the President and Board of Directors of EyeTel-Imaging, Lilly Joint Ventures (a joint venture of Eli Lilly, Johns Hopkins, and Bain Capital), to rebuild and launch North American sales, marketing, and reimbursement teams, as Vice President of Sales and Corporate Vice President. Over the next two years, he negotiated licensing and co-branding agreement with Neurometrix, created the strategic plan and budget for the company’s launch into the Ophthalmic diagnostic and Optometric markets, and positioned the company for its eventual sale to Neurometrix.
In addition to his role with Trividia Health, Scott is chairman of the Board of Directors of Applied Sciences Corporation. He also serves as a National Marketing Committee member on the Board of Directors of Prevent Blindness, and as Finance Director and Marketing Committee Member for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundations. With a bachelor’s degree from the University of Tampa, Scott resides in Parkland, Florida with his wife and two children.
Elaine Parker : JCNF President
See Elaine Parker’s bio above.
Doug Haugh : Parkland USA, President
Mr. Haugh was appointed to President, Parkland USA in November of 2017.
Prior to joining Parkland, Mr. Haugh served as the President and Chief Strategy Officer of Mansfield Energy. At Mansfield Energy, he was the driving force behind Mansfield’s sales, corporate strategy, acquisitions, partnerships, and alliances and helped lead ten years of growth in fuels supply, marketing and risk management.
Mr. Haugh began his career with Exxon, serving in marketing and business development. Later as Co-Founder and COO of one of the industry’s first online businesses, FuelQuest, he created supply chain management and tax automation solutions used throughout the downstream energy industry to manage over 100 billion litres of fuel per year by the industry’s largest companies.
In 2006, Mr. Haugh was named Ernst & Young’s Entrepreneur of the Year, Energy Technology, Houston and Gulf Coast Area. He was honoured as a 2009 Clemson Alumni Entrepreneur by the Arthur M. Spiro Institute for Entrepreneurial Leadership at Clemson University. He was named to the CIO 100 in 2010 and 2011 by CIO magazine.
Mr. Haugh graduated Magna Cum Laude from Clemson University in Chemical Engineering and holds an MBA in Technology Management.
Shelly Sun : BrightStar Care, CEO
Shelly Sun is the CEO and co-founder of BrightStar Care®, a premium healthcare staffing company providing the full continuum of care, from homecare to supplemental staffing for corporate clients such as nursing homes and physicians. In 2005, BrightStar launched its franchising efforts, becoming the first and only franchising company in the country to specialize in both medical and non-medical care and health care staffing.
BrightStar Care has grown to 300 locations nationwide serving over 15,000 families generating over $300 million in system-wide revenue. In addition to leading the strategy for the BrightStar Care®, BrightStar Senior Living & Memory Care, and BrightStar® Technology Group divisions, Shelly is charting the vision for complementary brands and services to help consumers care for their families and homes.
Shelly is a Certified Franchise Executive and participates on the International Franchise Association’s (IFA) Board of Directors and will be the Chairwoman of the IFA 2017-2018 (currently elected as Treasurer of the IFA). Shelly was also selected by the IFA as the 2009 Entrepreneur of the Year. BrightStar® was named to First Place in the June 2014 Forbes’ list for franchises under $150,000 initial investment, and was selected for the Inc. 500/5000 every year 2010-2014.. BrightStar® is the only franchise home care brand to receive the Joint Commission’s Enterprise Champion of Quality Award in 2013 and 2014. Shelly also serves on the Board of Directors for Home Care Association of America.
BrightStar was featured on CBS’ Undercover Boss. Shelly also published her first book, Grow Smart, Risk Less – a low-capital path to multiplying your business through franchising, where she discusses her journey as an emerging franchisor through amazing growth, lessons learned and game-changing ideas.
Joseph Semprevivo : Joseph’s Lite Cookies, CEO
Joseph Semprevivo founded Joseph’s Lite Cookies, a family-owned, sugar-free cookie business. He also runs the real estate firm Joseph’s Premier Real Estate. He is an adjunct professor of finance, business, marketing, real estate and insurance at Indian River State College and the Best Selling author of Madness, Miracles, Millions.
Semprevivo is a board member of the Job Creators Network Foundation.