Five for Friday: 5 Things You Didn’t Know About Economist Todd Buchholz
An economist, writer and speaker, Todd Buchholz is a mover and a shaker. A featured speaker on the Avaya Evolutions conference series, Buchholz has had quite a varied career. Let’s look at 5 things you might not know about him:
- He was on the shortlist for the Federal Reserve Board
- He started an innovative math program for kids
- He’s a published novelist
- He is listed as a producer on “Jersey Boys”
- He’s had economic sparring matches with Ben Stein
After serving as a Director for Economic Policy at the White House from 1989 to 1992, Buchholz is widely considered to be on the short list for the Federal Reserve Board.
Buchholz devised a better way to teach math to kids, called “The Math Arrow.” It uses a vertical zig-zag arrow arrangement to teach children to visualize numbers. With kangaroos! He told the Guardian, “I am convinced that this will be my most important contribution.” The program has been adapted into an educational app called “Kyle Counts,” available for the iPad, and the approach has been utilized in some of the schools in Utah.
In 2007, Buchholz released his first work of fiction, The Castro Gene, about a washed-up boxer who quits fighting after killing a man in the ring, and ends up in the world of a shady hedge fund trader who has plans for the progeny of Fidel Castro himself. He was a finalist for the USA Book News’ “Best Books 2007” award for Fiction & Literature: Mystery/Suspense.
Buchholz is credited as a founding producer of the Broadway play, “Jersey Boys,” the story of Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons. It won four Tony Awards in 2006, including Best Musical.
Buchholz can count among his economic jousting buddies James Carville (advisor to Bill Clinton) and Ben Stein. (You know, that smart guy who played the teacher in Ferris Bueller’s Day Off). “Bueller…?”
Be sure to come see Todd Buchholz speak at the Avaya Evolutions conference in Santa Clara on February 5! Who knows what he’ll be up to next!