Jim Meil joined Eaton Corp. in 1985, and now serves as VP and chief economist for the $15.4 billion, Cleveland-based global power management company. He has been recognized as a leading industrial sector economist for 20 years.
At Eaton (www.eaton.com) he is responsible for domestic and international forecasts of economic conditions and for the markets Eaton serves in electrical systems and components for power quality, distribution, and control; hydraulic components for mobile and industrial applications; systems for commercial and military aircraft; intelligent truck drivetrain systems, and automotive air management systems.
He is a contributor to Blue Chip Economic Indicators, Consensus Economics, USA Today and The Wall Street Journal economic surveys as well as the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia's Survey of Professional Forecasters.
Meil received first-place recognition in The Wall Street Journal panel of 50 forecasters for 2004 and ranked among USA Today 's Top 10 Economic Forecasters of 2003 for accuracy. He has also been recognized for contributing Best Overall Economic Forecast and Best Car and Light-Truck Forecast at the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago's Annual Economic Outlook Symposium.
He is a member of the American Economic Association, the American Finance Association, the Automotive Market Research Council, the National Business Economic Issues Council and the Conference of Business Economists. He formerly served on the board of directors of the National Association of Business Economists.
Before joining Eaton, Meil was district manager for Chicago/Midwest operations for Chase Econometrics. Prior to Chase, he held positions in economic analysis and market research with Burroughs Corp. (now Unisys).
He holds an MBA in finance and a bachelor of arts degree (with honors) in economics from the University of Chicago.