Meet the 2017 Black Professional of the Year

Erskine "Ernie" Cade - Business Leader, Lobbyist & Mentor

Author: Marcella J. Brown, MNO/Tuesday, July 18, 2017/Categories: Person of the Year, Events, Home Sub Topics

Erskine (Ernie) Cade is a Partner with Strategic Government Initiatives, (SGI Group) and Strategic Health Care (SHC), legislative and regulatory affairs firms, well respected for expertise in public policy and impact upon decision-making at the federal, state, and local levels of government.

The SGI/SHC firm is a full service firm with offices in Columbus, OH, Washington, DC and several other states. Its practice includes lobbying and government affairs, public analysis, federal grants, grants research and evaluation services. SGI/SHC focused expertise is in Financial Services, Public Sector, Health Care, Education, Energy, Telecom, Transportation, Information Technology, Insurance, Manufacturing, and Nonprofits.

Ernie is recognized as one of the nation’s leading lobbyist by Black Enterprise Magazine, Who’s Who in Corporate America, and Who’s Who in Black Cleveland.

Cade is a celebrated leader in Greater Cleveland’s civic sector, as a diligent and engaged member of several community boards. He currently serves as a Board member and former chairman for the Center of Families and Children (CFC) and Capital Square Foundation. He is a former member and chairman of the Ohio United Way, a member of the Executive Leadership Council (ELC), and the Visiting and Advisory Board, College of Urban Affairs, at Cleveland State University. He is a life member of the National Black MBA Association. He also formerly served as chairman of the American Association of Blacks in Energy (AABE), the Ohio Lottery Commission and the Board of Zoning Appeals with the City of Cleveland.

Ernie brings to the SGI and SHC over 30 years of experience as a corporate lobbyist and business executive. He most recently served as Senior Vice President and Director of Government Relations for Cleveland-based Key Corp. As Senior Vice President, Government Relations, he oversaw Key’s efforts and accomplishments on legislative and regulatory matters at the federal, state and local levels. He also served as a member of KeyBank’s Executive Council.

Ernie previously served a meritorious 35-year career with The Standard Oil Company of Ohio (SOHIO) and BP. Among his many assignments, he served as regional director and director of government relations for the Midwest, Northeast, and Southeast states. Ernie spent some time in the U.K. and met with members of Parliament and the House of Lords. He also held positions in consumer sales, industrial sales and retail marketing manager where he was responsible for managing more than 300 employees in 120 retail outlets, and over $150M in sales. His tenure also included working for the company’s Alaskan pipeline permitting operations, and proposed construction of a deep water oil terminal in Long Beach, California.

A native of Birmingham, Alabama, Ernie received his Business Administration degree from West Virginia State University while playing for the university’s basketball program. He earned an Executive Master’s degree in Business Administration from the Weatherhead School of Management of Case Western Reserve University.


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