On January 1, 2004, Jim became the new Land Preservation Specialist for The Conservation Foundation. He quickly realized that a connection to homeowners and business owners was essential to improvement of the environment in our heavily developed territory. The Conservation@Home and Conservation@Work programs were developed to educate and help people in their quest to do things more eco-friendly. He now runs those programs and the highly successful rain barrel program.
Anyone that knows Jim knows of his passion for the environment. "I have a love for the outdoors," says Kleinwachter. "I am an avid sportsman. My family and I love to hike, camp, hunt and fish, and go boating."
Jim owned Mount True Value Hardware for 16 years, obtaining the loyalty of thousands of customers with his helpful, down to earth personality. This ability to work with a variety of people helps in his dealings with landowners.
Jim has been a longtime supporter of The Conservation Foundation. As a volunteer, Jim helped organize the annual DuPage River Sweep since its inception in 1991. In fact, he was organizing local river clean ups in Warrenville prior to the Foundation's involvement. Since then, he has worked on prairie and wetland restoration projects at Warrenville's Johnson School and on several educational endeavors of the Foundation. Jim is also the recipient of the 1999 Paul Butler Memorial Award presented by The Conservation Foundation for outstanding volunteer service.
Jim attended St. Francis High School, then Benedictine University, and then earned an MBA from National University. Jim has three children and has lived in Warrenville since 1986.