National Retail Federation Chooses Jack Kleinhenz as Chief Economist

Adjunct Economics Professor at Case Western Reserve University’s Weatherhead School of Management is Widely Respected Forecaster

News Release: November 1, 2010

The National Retail Federation recently announced that Jack Kleinhenz, PhD, has been selected to serve as chief economist. In this role with the Washington, D.C.-based NRF, Kleinhenz will serve as spokesperson for the organization on economic issues. He will provide federation members with insights about the economy and how it will affect future retail sales.

Kleinhenz is CEO of Kleinhenz & Associates, Ltd., an economic, financial consulting and wealth management firm headquartered in Cleveland. He is on leave this semester as adjunct professor of economics at Case Western Reserve University’s Weatherhead School of Management.

The NRF is the world's largest retail trade association. Global membership includes retailers of all sizes, formats and channels of distribution, as well as chain restaurants and industry partners from the United States and more than 45 other countries.

Kleinhenz will author the NRF's “Retail Sales Outlook” and prepare holiday and annual retail sales forecasts. He will provide regularly updated economic data, publish monthly analyses of government retail sales data and participate in the quarterly conference call with NRF members to discuss economic issues.

Kleinhenz is a member of the Governor of Ohio’s Council of Economic Advisors and the Northeast Ohio Council of Economic Policy Advisors. He is a contributing economic forecaster to the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago and the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia. He has received several awards for his forecasting excellence.

Formerly an officer with the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland, Kleinhenz also served as chief economist and consultant to the Greater Cleveland Growth Association, the largest chamber of commerce in the nation.

Jack Kleinhenz can be reached at or 216.321.9522.

Posted by: Marvin Kropko, November 1, 2010 08:20 PM | News Topics: Official Release