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October 20, 2010

Contact: Aparna Rajagopal-Durbin
(307) 335-2328

Jonathan Kleisner Elected to the National Outdoor Leadership School’s Board of Trustees

Lander, WY. Walton resident and New York City trader and fund manager Jonathan Kleisner has been elected to the Board of Trustees of the prestigious National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS), the world’s leader in wilderness education. Kleisner took NOLS’ Patagonia Backpacking and Fly-Fishing Course in 2006, and Mt. Rainier Alumni climb in 2008. Kleisner also served as a member of the NOLS Advisory Council from 2008–2010.

Kleisner is Principal and Managing Director of Investment Strategies for The REX Capital Group, a group of commodity-based hedge funds in New York City. He is a member of the Intercontinental Exchange, a registered Principal, Associated Person, and Floor Trader with the National Futures Association, as well as a Floor Broker, Commodity Trading Advisor and Commodity Pool Operator. Kleisner also serves as a member of the board of directors of ICE Clear US Inc. (NYSE:ICE). As a financial guru, Kleisner often appears as a guest on CNBC.

“We are thrilled to have a financial expert of this caliber on the NOLS board,” said NOLS’ Executive Director John Gans. “To achieve success as a nonprofit organization and a school, NOLS must operate as a successful business enterprise. Having a leader in the financial sector on our board will help us continue to be a successful school. Jonathan will be a great asset to NOLS.”

Outside the financial world, Kleisner is pursuing a second career in urban medicine. He is a certified New York State EMT and volunteers on New York City ambulance crews. When not on the trading floor or riding ambulances, Kleisner can be found with his wife and two sons at their farm in the western Catskills, tending to his apiaries (beehives), training as a triathlete, and fly fising in thee nearby trout waters of the Delaware, Willowemoc, and Beaverkill rivers.

About NOLS:

Founded in 1965 by legendary mountaineer Paul Petzoldt, NOLS is the leader in wilderness education, providing awe-inspiring, transformative experiences to nearly 14,000 students each year. These students, ages 14 to 70, learn in the wildest and most remote classrooms worldwide—from the Amazon rain forest to rugged peaks in the Himalaya to Alaskan glaciers and Arctic tundra. Graduates are active leaders with lifelong environmental ethics and outdoor skills. NOLS also offers customized courses through NOLS Professional Training, and the Wilderness Medicine Institute of NOLS is the leading teacher of wilderness medicine worldwide. For more information, call (800) 710-NOLS (6657) or visit

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