This is the “last but not least” in a series of profiles provided by the Build the Future Foundation featuring this year’s honorees on the Kewaunee High School Wall of Fame.
Dennis and Deb Shimanek, Jeff Kassner and Tom Kleiman will be the foundation’s special guests at its annual Wall of Fame banquet to honor four outstanding graduates of Kewaunee High School
The banquet is scheduled for Sunday evening, April 9, at J W’s Place in Slovan (rural Casco). Tickets are $30 and are available from Nicolet Bank, Bank of Luxemburg, the Novak Agency, or any Build the Future Foundation member.
Tom Kleiman Jr. is a 1987 graduate of Kewaunee High School. While in high school, Tom enjoyed all shop classes available to students at that time. Tom also participated in football, basketball and wrestling in high school.
Tom grew up working for his father, Tom Kleiman Sr., in their family business, Tom’s Sport Shop in Kewaunee, spending much of his time working on boats in the Kewaunee Harbor. Unfortunately, the family business was destroyed in a fire one month after Tom graduated from high school.
Tom spent the next 16 years working for, and eventually having management roles for some of the largest boat dealers in Green Bay. He attended many manufacturer sponsored technical training classes. He was awarded a Master Technician certification by Outboard Marine Corp. in 1989, one of the youngest mechanics to achieve this recognition in the Midwest at the time. He also served on a nationwide dealer service advisory group for Mastercraft Ski Boats.
In 2005 Tom opened Accurate Marine in Kewaunee. After investing in Kewaunee, Tom was eager to give back to his home town, becoming involved in local business and sporting groups.
His involvement with these groups brought opportunities to work on many projects, including participating in a waterfront development plan for the Kewaunee Harbor District, working to change state laws to allow for improved methods of fish stocking lake wide, and working with city, county, and state officials to secure a $4.2 million grant to repair the harbor seawall and lighthouse in Kewaunee. Tom continues to work to benefit sport fishing and tourism in Kewaunee.
He is currently president of a Wisconsin business group that works with the Department of Natural Resources and other stakeholders to improve Lake Michigan Fishery. He enjoys working with friends in community organizations and sporting groups he belongs to, and is excited to see what is yet to be accomplished by these groups.
Tom currently serves on the Kewaunee County Economic Development Corp., he is a member and past president of the Carlton Hunting and Fishing Club, a lifetime member of the Kewaunee Trap Club, Kewaunee County Conservation Congress delegate, president of the Wisconsin Lakeshore Business Association, hunter’s safety instructor, member of the Kewaunee Moonriders, former board member and coach for Kewaunee Youth Full Contact Football Program, member of the Wisconsin Fisheries Advisory Council, former member of Kewaunee County Ground Water Task Force, and retired from the New Franken Volunteer Fire Department.
Tom is married to Korry (VanGoethem). They have two sons, Jesse and Coy. Tom and his family live here in Kewaunee County.