Chad Moutray, Chief Economist, National Association of Manufacturers
AM2013 North America
Chad Moutray is chief economist for the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM), where he serves as the NAM’s economic forecaster and spokesperson on economic issues.
Prior to joining the NAM, Dr. Moutray was the chief economist and director of economic research for the Office of Advocacy at the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) from 2002 to 2010. In that role, he was responsible for researching the importance of entrepreneurship to the U.S. economy and highlighting various issues of importance to small business owners, policymakers and academics. He frequently commented on current conditions for small businesses through professional presentations and media interviews. He has appeared on Bloomberg, CNN, Fox Business, Fox News, PBS Nightly News, and Reuters television.
In addition to discussing economic and policy trends, his personal research has focused on the importance of educational attainment to both self-employment and economic growth.
Prior to working at the SBA, Dr. Moutray was the dean of the School of Business Administration at Robert Morris College in Chicago, Ill. (now Robert Morris University of Illinois). Under his leadership, the business school had rapid growth, both adding new programs and new campuses. He began the development of an MBA program that began accepting students after his departure and created a Business Institute for students to work with local businesses on classroom projects and internships.