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Charles Nana has dedicated his career to making things better for the less privileged in his communities as well as companies he associated with. Though he has become a recognized name in the business transformation and process improvement industry, Charles has built a reputation as a tireless fighter for the most vulnerable members of his communities.
Charles was born in Cameroon, West Africa to parents Nanda, a home maker and Tchienkou, a printing press technician. He is the 1st of 14 children and also the very first to obtain a college degree in his family. He migrated to the United States with only $428 in his pocket, but today, those $428 have translated into hundreds of thousands of dollars in real estate and heavy machinery investments as well as a decent education: Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from Howard University, Masters degree in Biomedical Engineering from Catholic University of America and an International MBA degree in Analytical Finance and Strategic Management from the University of Chicago, Booth School of Business.
Upon graduation from the University of Chicago, Charles went on to become a recognized name in the business transformation and process improvement industry. As a Lean Six Sigma Master Black Belt , Project Management Professional, and Operational Excellence expert. He is popularly known as the guy who MAKES THINGS BETTER !
Although excited by the endless opportunities available to continually improve the attractiveness and competitiveness of Americans businesses, Charles has been frustrated by the inability or unwillingness of some of our political leaders to fight against issues destroying middle class families. His goal is to leverage middle class economic ideals into creating economic security for all fully employed Alabamians. Some of these include:
1.) Aggressively fight foreign unfair trade practices from China, Korea, Canada and other countries that continue to cause irreparable harm to American businesses particularly in the manufacturing sector such as coal, steel and many other commodity products. These manufacturing sectors continue to see large scale employee layoffs and plant closures.
2.) Fight aggressively to increase minimum wage in the state from $7.25 an hour to $15 an hour within the next five years. No Alabamian working full time should still be poor. Unfortunately, two thirds of minimum wage earners are women. And it is immoral for our mothers, sisters and wives to be working 2-3 jobs just to keep a roof over their head. We can no longer accept that women can’t be paid an equal wage for equal work.
3.) All Alabamians should have a chance to earn the skills and education needed to earn a livable wage and excel in a competitively global economy. That requires significant investments and innovations within our preschools and public schools. In college preparation standard evaluations, Alabama is ranked 49th out of 50. All community colleges within the state should be FREE and serve as retooling centers for transitioning workers, veterans and ex-felons reintegrating into the workforce. Our higher education is completely broken. College and University students continue to be cheated from a decent education by gluttonous administrators. In most big institutions, 70-85% of professors teach on part time basis, with some living in poverty. Imagine a university professor worrying about electricity and water bills as opposed to worrying about the best lecture he can offer his students. On the other hand, these same colleges spend 6-8 times more per student athlete than to educate a student. WHERE IS THE OUTRAGE? We need to be spending more in educating our children and not less. We need to be hiring more educators with livable wages and not firing more educators!
4.) Alabama is home to the highest number of veterans per capita. We have to ensure veterans have the chance to live the American dream they help defend. We need to provide resources, funding as well as high-quality and timely health care. No veteran in the state should be unemployed or homeless…… It is really a collective shame for the state to have abandoned veterans.
So, who so ever believeth that Alabama needs a new direction, new leadership and a complete transformation from its dark past, please, join the Nana for Senate campaign. We intend to transform this narrative into one that is welcoming and brings out the best in its residents and visitors.
Pope Francis also reminded us of our individual and collective responsibility to protect and defend human life at every stage of its development. He stated as follows “I am convinced that this way is the best, since every life is sacred, every human person is endowed with an inalienable dignity, and society can only benefit from the rehabilitation of those convicted of crimes…… a just and necessary punishment must never exclude the dimension of hope and the goal of rehabilitation”