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Robert C. Fry, Jr., PhD

Robert Fry is Chief Economist of Robert Fry Economics LLC, where he analyzes and forecasts the global economy to guide business decision-makers.  Robert publishes a monthly newsletter, Current Economic Conditions, and speaks on the economic outlook to corporate leadership teams, customer/supplier events, and trade association meetings.

Until retiring in 2015, Robert was Senior Economist at DuPont, where he analyzed the global economy and its impact on DuPont, published a monthly newsletter sent to thousands of DuPont employees and customers, and made more than 800 speeches on the economic outlook to DuPont senior management, business teams, customers, and trade associations.

While at DuPont, Robert and his colleague Bob Shrouds were named among the top economic forecasters by Bloomberg, USA Today, and the Wall Street Journal.  In 2005, they won the prestigious Lawrence R. Klein Award for Blue Chip Forecasting Accuracy, making the DuPont Economist’s Office the first three-time winner of the award.

Robert is currently a member of the Consensus Economics, Wall Street Journal, CNBC, and National Association for Business Economics survey panels.

In 2018, Robert was elected a Fellow of the National Association for Business Economics in recognition of his outstanding service as a professional business economist and his contributions to the field of business economics.  He joins an exclusive group that includes five Nobel laureates and four Chairpersons of the Federal Reserve.

In 2022, Robert won the 2022 NABE Outlook Award, recognizing him as "the most accurate macroeconomic forecaster for the year ending June 2022." 


Robert received his Bachelor’s degree in Economics from Ohio University and his Master’s degree and PhD in Economics from Harvard University and has taught Managerial Economics to MBA students at the University of Delaware.

Robert has served on the boards of seven non-profit organizations, including the National Association for Business Economics, the nationally recognized Charter School of Wilmington, and the Honors Tutorial College at Ohio University.  He would welcome the opportunity to use his board experience and knowledge of the global economy by serving on the Board of Directors of a for-profit company.  

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