Chad Moutray

Chad Moutray

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.

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.

Dr. Moutray currently serves on the board of the National Association for Business Economics (NABE), where he chairs the Manufacturing Roundtable and is a member of the Industry Survey committee. In addition, he is the former president and chairman of the National Economists Club, the local NABE chapter for Washington, D.C. He holds a Ph.D. in economics from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale and bachelor’s and master’s degrees in economics from Eastern Illinois University. In 2007, he was named a distinguished alumnus by Lake Land College in Mattoon, Ill., where he earned his associate’s degree in business administration.
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NAM survey: over two-thirds of manufacturers are still optimistic
Chad Moutray joins Jim Blasingame to report on the Q4 2019 Manufacturers Survey, which shows small and mid-size manufacturers are more optimistic about the future than are large manufacturers.
Chad Moutray joins Jim Blasingame to propose that we will not have a recession in 2020, because there are no economic fundamentals indicating that, plus the economy should benefit from completing the two trade deals.
Chad Moutray joins Jim Blasingame to report on the impact the USMCA and China Phase One trade deals just signed will have on manufacturing, including report that the trade negotiation period didn’t have too bad of an effect.