About Jim Schleif



  • 39 years of sales, marketing, new business development and communications, 51+ years counting Anne.
  • 30 years of contemporary leadership, management and real estate investment experience.
  • Celebrating 17 years working with teammate and Lead Associate Anne Jackson.
  • 75-percent of my business in the Northshore and City of Milwaukee Neighborhoods.
  • Award winning rehabber. Possess expansive network of contractor resources to assist clients in restoring, remodeling or preparing their homes homes for sale.
  • I work in all price ranges.
  • Confident public speaker and robust writer.
  • Expansive Southeastern Wisconsin network.
  • Sell 20-25 percent of my own listings myself as I am carrying 6-10 buyers at all times.

Shorewest Achievements:

  • Closed sales volume of $30-$35 Million (USD) on average per year 
  • No. 1 Company wide in Volume in 2010 - 2014, 2016
  • No. 1 Office Leader for Shorewest's Northshore office - 2008 - 2014, 2016 - 2023
  • No. 3 Broker for City of Milwaukee Sales in 2015
  • Over $500.1 million (USD) in career sales
  • Career high sales of $38.5 million (USD) in 2014 - all-time company record in 70 years
  • Voted LGBT Community's Top Realtor in 2010 by Wisconsin Gazette Readers
  • Areas of Specialization: North and South Shores, Bayview, Upper & Lower Eastside, Downtown, Tosa, Western Burbs, luxury properties, condos, and investment properties
  • Member - President's Club, Million Dollar Club, National Sales Award
  • Voted Milwaukee Magazine "Best in Customer Satisfaction" yearly since 2007
  • Certified Luxury Home Marketing Specialist (CLMHS)
  • CLHMS Guild Member (3+ sales over $1 Million in past 12 Months)
  • Senior Real Estate Specialist (SRES)
  • Certified Real Estate Negotiator(CREN)
  • Certified Shorewest Relocation Specialist (CSRS)
  • Accredited Buyer's Agent (ABR)


  • Graduate of UW-Madison 1987 with honors in International Relations and French
  • Milwaukee Business Journal "Forty Under Forty" Award
  • Personal residence featured on HGTV

Current Volunteer Roles:
Greater Milwaukee Foundation Board Director (2024 - present): Donor and Philanthropic Services Committee, Program Initiatives Task Force member; The Nature Conservancy-Wisconsin: Board of Trustees Chair (2024 - present), Cities Program Chair, Beyond Our Boarders Chair, Legacy Ambassador for TNC-Wisconsin, Legacy Ambassador Co-chair (2023 - present: TNC global); Immanuel Presbyterian Church: Cuba and African Mission Team, Member of Session, Board of Trustees (chair 2018), Co-chair Stewardship Campaign (2016-2018); ReFlo (focus on sustainable water solutions, green infrastructure projects and equity) MPS schoolyard redevelopment volunteer; Blue Lotus Center (West Bend) Board Director, Urban Ecology Center Imagine Campaign co-chair ($30 Million capital campaign - 2021 - present).

James A. Schleif and William H. Morley fund of the Greater Milwaukee Foundation dedicated to conservation, the advancement of human rights and the alleviation of poverty in all its forms. Annual grants of $25,000 - $100,000. UW - Madison Nelson Institute of Environmental Sciences annual Study Abroad Scholarship sponsor.

Past Volunteer Roles:
Greater Milwaukee Foundation "Greater Together" Campaign Cabinet Member raising record setting $700 Million for new initiatives to build and rebuild a better Milwaukee and our surrounding four county region (2017 - 2023); Urban Ecology Center Board Director (2007-2019; Board VP 2018 & 2019); Literacy Services of Wisconsin Tutor; Radio 88.9 Milwaukee Building Campaign Cabinet Member; Wisconsin Humane Society Paws for Claws Gala 2017 Co-chair; Member of Cream City Foundation Board of Directors (2003-2012); Alliance Francaise Board; Founding Member Milwaukee LGBT Community Center; Distinguished Alumni Board UW Madison - Office of International Studies; Studied Junior Year Abroad in Aix-en-Provence, France

Past Work Experience:
Nonprofit executive leadership, fundraising, retail sales, marketing and management
Seven Hills Real Estate Enterprises - real estate investment LLC (rehab and multifamily holding company) - Managing Partner (sold and retired in 2023) 

The Nature Conservancy; Historic Water Tower Trust Neighborhood Association; Lake Park Friends; Washington Heights Neighborhood Association; Doctors Without Borders; Historic Milwaukee; National Trust for Historic Preservation; Urban Ecology Center; Immanuel Presbyterian Church-Milwaukee; Master Gardener - UW Extension of SE Wisconsin; Human Rights League; Literacy Services of Wisconsin; Milwaukee Art Museum; Radio 88.9; Best Friends; Wisconsin Humane Society; Zoological Society of Milwaukee; Forest Service Employees for Environmental Ethics; Ice Age Trail Alliance; The Thin Green Line; Aavaz Global.

Hobbies and Interests:
Camping; global adventure travel; volunteering; mission service; kayaking; sailing; trekking; reading; writing; cooking; gardening; cycling; entertaining; skiing; horticultural therapy


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