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Jan Rogers Kniffen (born 1948) is a consultant to investors in retail companies and a former retail executive. Kniffen is currently CEO of J. Rogers Kniffen Worldwide Enterprises, LLC (J Rogers Kniffen WWE). Contents 1 Early life 2 Business 3 Media 4 Personal 5 References 6 External links // Early life Kniffen grew up in Cairo, Illinois, at the confluence of the Mississippi and Ohio rivers, the exact place where the steamboat runs over the raft in Mark Twain’s novel “Huckleberry Finn,” near the shore of the northernmost bayou on the North American continent. Kniffen majored In English at the University of Illinois and received his B. S. in Journalism from Southern Illinois University. Kniffen received his MBA in Finance from Lindenwood University. Kniffen did his doctoral work in Finance at St. Louis University. Business After serving as an Air Force Officer during the Viet Nam War, Kniffen joined ACF Industries in St. Louis, Missouri, a Fortune 300 Company at the time. After Carl Icahn acquired ACF in 1982, Kniffen became Assistant Treasurer of ACF reporting to the Treasurer of Icahn and Co. In 1984, Kniffen was responsible for issuing the largest junk bond ever issued at the time, $460 million with a yield of 16 2/3%. In 1985, Kniffen joined The May Department Stores Company and became SVP Finance and Treasurer. At that time May was the largest department store company in America, but also ran two discounters, Venture and Caldor, and the largest footwear chain in the world Payless ShoeSource. As SVP Kniffen ran Treasury, Tax, Risk Management, Investor Relations, Public Relations, Long Range Financial Planning, Acquisition Analysis, Competitor Comparison and Medical. Kniffen also managed the $3 billion pension, profit sharing, and foundation portfolio. Kniffen chartered and was president of the three May National Banks, and president of the Leadville and Snowdin insurance subsidiaries of May. Kniffen was instrumental in the acquisition of Associated Dry Goods, Foley’s, Filene’s, Thalhimers, Strawbridge’s, ZCMI, Marshall Field’s and parts of Woodward’s and Mercantile. He was also instrumental in the sale of Caldor, and the spin-offs of Venture and Payless ShoeSource, as well as the divestiture of May Centers through a tax efficient transaction. In 2005, Kniffen founded and became CEO of J. Rogers Kniffen WWE (, a consulting firm that works with investors in retail companies and with retailers. The clients of JRKWWE are some of the largest institutional investors in the world from New York City to Boston, Nassau, London, Hong Kong, San Francisco and Chicago. JRKWWE has also provided due diligence to private equity firms on retail transactions. Media Kniffen is a frequent guest on CNBC, Fox Business and Business News Network (BNN) commenting on developments in the retail industry and is also frequently quoted in publications (cited in the various media as Jan Rogers Kniffen, Jan Kniffen, Jan R. Kniffen, J. Rogers Kniffen or J. R. Kniffen.) Personal Kniffen and his wife, Kathleen Metinko, reside in Greenwich, Connecticut, with their daughter Alexandra Rose. Kniffen has two daughters from a previous marriage, Julieann Broyles and Natalie Rupp, and four grandchildren. Kniffen formerly served on the board of directors of OASIS (The Older Adult Service and Information System), and Lindenwood University. From 1995 through 1999 when the Civic Progress Companies divested their interest in the St. Louis Blues Hockey Club, Kniffen served on the board of directors of the St. Louis Blues. Kniffen currently serves as an advisor to Little Pim. References 1 Fox Business: Why Black Friday Will Be a Big Day, Friday, November 26, 2010 2 Fox Business: Retail Analyst Optimistic on 4Q Retail Sales, Sept 14, 2010 3 Fox Business: Consumers Hold Back on Spending - Wednesday, July 14, 2010 4 CNBC: Retail and Rising Commodity Costs - Thursday, December 30, 2010 5 CNBC: Top Retail Bets - Tuesday, December 21, 2010 6 CNBC: Investing in Walmart - Monday, December 13, 2010 7 CNBC: Playing Teen Retail - Wednesday, November 24, 2010 8 CNBC: Invest in Walmart or its rivals - Wednesday, October 13, 2010 9 CNBC: Investing in Big Box Retailers - Wednesday, August 18, 2010 10 CNBC: Investing in Big Box Retailers - Monday, August 16, 2010 11 CNBC: Playing Retail Sales and Sentiment - Friday, June 11, 2010 12 CNBC: Trading Consumer Spending - Friday, May 28, 2020 13 CNBC: Wal-mart vs. Target - Tuesday, May 18, 2010 14 CNBC: Shopping for Stocks - Thursday, May 6, 2010 15 CNBC: Investing in Retail Stocks - Thursday, April 8, 2010 16 CNBC: What's in Store for Retailers - Friday, Nov 27, 2009 17 CNBC: Macy's CFO Optimistic - Wed, Nov 11, 2009 18 CNBC: Shopping for Discount Retailers - Wed, Oct 7, 2009 19 CNBC: Consumer Confidence Beats Expectations - Tues, Aug 25, 2009 20 CNBC: Retail Recovery: High-End vs. Low-End - Thurs, Aug 20, 2009 21 CNBC: Retail Sales: Where to Invest - Tues, July 14, 2009 22 BNN: Business Day, December Store for Store Sales Analysis, Thursday, January 6, 2011 23 BNN: Marketing Morning, Same Store Sales - December 02, 2010 24 BNN: Market Morning, Holiday Shopping Season - November 26, 2010 25 BNN: Market Morning, November 4, 2010 26 BNN: Market Morning, September 2, 2010 27 BNN: Market Morning, August 5, 2010 28 BNN: Market Morning, July 8, 2010 29 BNN: Market Morning: June 3, 2010 30 BNN: Market Morning: May 6, 2010 31 BNN: Market Morning: April 8, 2010 32 BNN: Market Morning: January 7, 2010 33 BNN: Market Morning: December 3, 2009 34 BNN: Market Morning: November 19, 2009 35 BNN: Market Morning: November 5, 2009 36 BNN: Market Morning: October 8, 2009 37 BNN: Market Morning: September 3, 2009 38 Christina Cheddar Beck, Why Retail Sales Are Stronger Than The Headline Suggests, CNBC Consumer Nation, June 11, 2010 39 Jane Wells, Highlights From Target's Shareholder Meeting, CNBC Street Signs, June 9, 2010 40 Rebecca Logan, Fayetteville Loves Beads, Fayetteville Observer, August 15, 2009 41 Developing a Fashion Game Plan, Lebanon News Network, August 5, 2008 42 Athima Chansanchai, Developing a Fashion Game Plan, Seattle Post-Intelligencer, August 4, 2008 External links wiki/American_Car_and_Foundry_Company wiki/The_May_Department_Stores_Company Persondata Name Kniffen, Jan Rogers Alternative names Short description Date of birth 1948 Place of birth Date of death Place of death