Jeffrey Klinger ‘94

Jeffrey and his wife, Kristen, live in Incline Village, Nevada with their two children. Their daughter, Brooke, is eleven years old and their son, Chase, is seven years old. Jeffrey graduated on 1997 from the University of Arizona with a Bachelor of Science in Finance and Entrepreneurship from the Karl Eller School of Business.  

Jeffrey is a founder of the Klinger Quan Group within the Private Banking and Investment Group at Merrill Lynch. Jeff works with ultra-high-net-worth families, corporate executives, and entrepreneurs, streamlining multiple aspects of their financial lives. Prior to joining Merrill Lynch in 2013, Jeffrey spent five years as a Director of the Private bank at Credit Suisse. Previously, he served as Vice President at Lehman Brothers within the Private Wealth division. He began his financial services career in 1997 at Burnham Securities in New York, where he was an investment banker. 

In his free time, Jeffrey is a race-car hobbyist and collector of exotic cars. Each year he participates in a cross-country car rally to raise money for the Taylor Lynn Foundation, a charity that he co-founded and continues to serve on as a board member. His hobbies also include skiing and wine collecting. 

While Jeffrey was an undergraduate in the Gamma-Rho chapter, he served as Grand Master, Social Chair and Grand Master of Ceremonies. As an alumnus, Jeffrey oversees the Whaley Family Scholarship. Nothing has prepared Jeffrey better than his time as an undergraduate at the University of Arizona. His best friends more than 20 years later were his brothers of the chapter. His education from the fraternity exceeded everything he learned in class. He credits the fraternity with a lot of the preparation for the real world and his success in life, not just financially, but in love, health, and happiness. 

Ryan Anderson says Jeff Klinger’s induction into the Gamma-Rho Hall of Fame is long overdue. Since his days as an undergraduate, he has consistently provided financial and alumni leadership to the undergraduate chapter, most importantly remaining the direct liaison with the Whaley family in support of the most important undergraduate scholarship program that the chapter offers. Jeff has lived the Kappa Sigma motto, “not for a day, hour, or college term only, but for life”   


It’s often remembered that Jeff Klinger was “overzealous” in holding pledges and newly initiated brothers to live up to the standards of a Kappa Sigma, yet he always displayed true dedication to the fraternity and its membership.