Helping to educate, motivate and empower Americans to

expand skills, entrepreneurship, prosperity and freedom

John Ratzenberger, Senior Fellow, Center for America

John is leading a national campaign to educate, motivate and empower Americans to work together to rebuild America. He is bringing the message to company, community and government leader meetings that there is an urgent need to rebuild our skilled workforce, restore fairness to our civil justice systems, and reduce barriers to our Free Enterprise system for entrepreneurs and innovators.

John produced and hosted 97 episodes of “John Ratzenberger’s Made in America” for the Travel Channel. This series featured the enterprise of American entrepreneurs across the country. It established television precedent and led the way for a new series of shows including: “Dirty Jobs”; “Deadliest Catch”; “Ice Road Truckers”; and more. These celebrate the American work ethic.

While visiting factories that in John’s words, “provide the backbone of our civilization”, he learned that the average age of skilled manufacturing workers is about 55 years old. John realized that the essential workforce necessary for our infrastructure and very existence of our civilization will disappear within six to ten years. John is taking the lead with CFA in a national public awareness campaign to mobilize Americans to rebuild our skilled work force through local and national initiatives.

Earlier in his career, John founded Eco Pak Industries, a company that developed and manufactured packaging alternatives made from biodegradable and non-toxic recycled paper as a safe alternative to Styrofoam “peanuts” and plastic bubble wrap. John sold the company in 1999 and since then, it has grown to five manufacturing plants and the product is used worldwide.

John is on the board of Pepperdine University and is the recipient of two honorary Doctorate degrees. He coauthored We’ve Got it Made in America: A Common Man’s Salute to an Uncommon Country, which was published by Time Warner.

Articles written by John about the skills shortage in America have appeared in many leading publications and web blogs including Investor’s Business Daily, The Washington Times, AOL News, The Oklahoman,, Atlanta Business Chronicle, Big Hollywood, Big Government and others.

As measured by total box office receipts, John Ratzenberger is the 6th most successful actor of all time. His ten years performing in over 28 films in Europe and his 15 year association with Pixar studios has yielded a total of more than $3 billion for projects featuring the well known actor. John is the only actor to have voiced a character in every Pixar movie since Toy Story 15 years ago.

John is best known for playing mail carrier Cliff Clavin on the sitcom Cheers. Cliff and Norm, the primary customer characters, became iconic bar buddies. Cheers won 28 Emmy Awards, ran for 11 years and became one of the most successful sitcoms in television history.

John is a Senior Fellow and a member of the Board of Directors of the Center for America.

Born in Bridgeport Connecticut, the son of a factory worker and truck driver, early in his, life John earned a living as a carpenter framing houses throughout New England.

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