Erskine (Ernie) Cade brings to SGI Group some 25 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, one of the nation’s largest bank-based financial services companies with assets of more than $105 billion and operations in 26 states and 22 foreign countries. For eight years beginning in 2002, he oversaw Key’s efforts and accomplishments on legislative and regulatory matters at the federal, state and local levels.
Ernie previously served a meritorious 35-year career with The Standard Oil Company of Ohio (SOHIO). Among his many assignments, he served as regional director and director of government relations for the Midwest, Northeast, and Southeast states. He also held positions in consumer sales, industrial sales, and retail marketing where he was responsible for managing more than 300 employees in 120 retail outlets. His tenure also included working for the company’s Alaskan pipeline permitting operations.
Ernie’s achievements at Key and SOHIO include:
- Completely restructuring and expanding a Government Relations department so that it effectively supported the goals and objectives of the business;
- Achieving legislative objectives such as changes to tax law, credit cards, credit unions, mortgage lending, and permitting;
- Securing permits in record time for a $165 million refinery expansion project.
- Winning community support for ballot referendum to build a deepwater terminal at the Port of Long Beach, CA to transport Alaskan crude oil.
- Transforming an urban marketing region from last place (18th) to a top-performing unit in sales and margin contribution.
- Establishing a Political Action Committee and Grass Roots program that played extensive roles in supporting the company’s goals and objectives.
- Mentoring several employees who were later promoted to executive and senior management positions.
- Earning recognition as one of the nation’s leading lobbyists by Black Enterprise Magazine and Who’s Who in Corporate America.
Ernie’s strong ties to his community are apparent: currently, he is Board Chair for the Center of Families and Children; Vice-Chair of Ohio United Way; a member of the Ohio Lottery Commission; a member of the Executive Leadership Council (ELC); and a life member of the National Black MBA Association. He formerly served as chairman of the American Association of Blacks in Energy (AABE), and as a member of the Ohio Lottery Commission.
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 holds an executive master’s degree in Business Administration from the Weatherhead School of Management of Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio.