Herman Cain, chairman of Godfather's Pizza, Inc will be the featured speaker at the Federal Affairs luncheon during the 33rd Annual Conference of the Air Conditioning Contractors of America (ACCA) in Las Vegas on Thursday, March 1.

In 1982, Cain left his position as vice president at The Pillsbury Company to learn the restaurant business at its Burger King subsidiary. In less than three years, he turned the Philadelphia region into one of Burger King's best performing markets. In 1986, Pillsbury asked him to assume the presidency of its declining Godfather's Pizza subsidiary. Cain turned Godfather's Pizza around in less than 18 months and in 1988, led a group of the pizza chain's senior management in purchasing the company from Pillsbury. Cain is vice chairman of Retail DNA, a Walker Digital affiliated software technology company, and is CEO of his own leadership consulting company. In 1991, he was given the International Foodservice Manufacturers Associations' Operator of the Year/Gold Plate Award. In 1996 he was the recipient of the Horatio Alger Award, and was named as one of Ebony magazine's 100 Most Influential Black Americans in 1997 and 1999.

"We must innovate and not just renovate in order to sustain the ideals of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness," Cain said.

ACCA's 33rd Annual Conference is being held February 26-March 1 at the Rio All Suite Hotel and Casino. For more information, visit www.acca.org, or contact Colleen Van Gieson at 202-483-9370, e-mail Colleen@ms.acca.org.