Why I’m Running
Growing up, I decided not to let where I came from, determine where I ended up. I worked my whole life overcoming adversity to achieve success.
As a walk-on football player in college, to first-round draft pick in the NFL, and then to growing up in one of the poorest areas of Louisiana to running a multi-million dollar business — I don’t know how to quit.
I am running to protect our healthcare, jobs, veterans’ benefits, natural resources, and restore protections for our most vulnerable.
In football, we would always say “why wait until the next game or until the next year” — why should you wait for solutions to your problems? Now is the time to fight for progress and prosperity for all.
This is the attitude, fight, and commitment to achievement that I will bring to Congress as your representative.
Joe Profit’s message is all about opportunity and success for all. Joe was one of nine children born to Simon and Ethel Profit in one of the poorest areas in America, Lake Providence, Louisiana. After graduating high school, Joe was a walk-on at Northeast Louisiana University, where he received a full scholarship. Though he faced many barriers during his collegiate years, as he was the first African-American to play football in what is now known as the Sunbelt Conference, the only barrier Joe truly cared about at the time was breaking the opponents’ goal line.
After college, Joe was selected in the first round of the 1971 NFL Draft by the Atlanta Falcons. Due to a season-ending knee injury suffered in his first game in the NFL, Joe eventually retired his cleats, but the lessons he learned on the football field were invaluable. Lessons regarding perseverance, discipline, setting goals and teamwork are partly the reasons he is recognized as one of the most prominent small businessmen in America.
As a successful businessman, his company, Gourmet Profit, Inc. owned Burger King Franchises in Atlanta, Georgia. Joe was the first African-American to purchase a franchise for International House of Pancakes (IHOP) in the state of Georgia. In addition to his restaurant operations, he is the founder and CEO of a $100 million international multimedia firm, Communications International Corporation. His company was ranked by INC. 500 Magazine as one of the fastest growing privately-held companies in America for three consecutive years. Through Joe’s business endeavors, he has contributed to the nation’s economic engine by providing over 800 jobs to people in 37 states and nine countries.
In addition to his contributions to the business world, Profit has served two sitting Presidents of the United States, President Ronald Reagan, and President George H. Bush, as he was appointed to the Federal Reserve Bank, Atlanta, GA, Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Small Business Advisory Committee, the International Trade Board Subcommittee for Policy, International Trade Board Subcommittee for Policy, the White House Small Business Advisory Committee, and the U.S. Department of Transportation Advisory Board.
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