Jack Kleinhenz, PhD, is principal and chief economist of Kleinhenz & Associates, a firm specializing in economic consulting and wealth management services headquartered in Cleveland, Ohio. He is the chief economist for the National Retail Federation, the world’s largest retail trade association. As a professional economist he has 40 years of experience working with Fortune 500 companies, banking firms, regulators, planners, universities, airports, manufacturers, chambers of commerce, trade associations, non-profit organizations and state and local government agencies.
Jack is a Certified Business Economist (CBE) in business economics and data analytics and is a frequent speaker on business and regional economic issues. Jack is regularly called upon for his expertise by the national and international media. These include The Financial Times, Bloomberg News, CNBC, The New York Times, Barron’s, Fox News, National Public Radio, the Wall Street Journal, USA Today and The Washington Post.
Formerly with the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland and the Federal Home Loan Bank of Pittsburgh, Kleinhenz is a contributing forecaster to Blue Chip Economics, the Wall Street Journal, CNBC, Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago and the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia.
He is a past president of the National Association for Business Economics (NABE), the largest international association of applied economists, strategists, academics, and policy-makers committed to the application of economics. In 2008 he was awarded the title of Fellow by NABE for his outstanding contributions to the business economics profession and leadership among economists. Jack is adjunct professor of economics at the Case Westerm Reserve University Weatherhead School of Management.
Jack serves as a board director to the National Bureau of Economic Research, the nation’s leading nonprofit economics research organization. Jack is currently a member of the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics Data Users Advisory Committee. He is a member of The Conference Board Consumer Dynamics Center Advisory Board and a member of the University Hospitals of Cleveland Investment Management Committee.
A graduate of John Carroll University, he earned his M.A. and Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Notre Dame. In 1995, he was named one of John Carroll University’s Top 50 School of Business Graduates.
Kleinhenz lives in Cleveland Heights, Ohio with his wife Karen. They are the parents of five children.