James J. Kratochvil
Financial Advisor

Flywheel Financial


Jim began his journey with Northwestern Mutual in 1999. He was a college intern at the time and, after a successful experience, felt drawn to continue developing a lifelong career with the company. In 2004, Jim became the Managing Director of the Crystal Lake office. He has a natural talent for supporting and inspiring growth both in his clients and his peers. This led to his transition to Growth and Development Director in January of 2018, when he and Josh Byrd merged practices to form Flywheel Financial. Jim attended Illinois State University where he received his Bachelor of Science in Finance.


Years of Experience

Representing Northwestern Mutual since 1999.


Degree Major Institution
Bachelor of Science Economics Illinois State University

Awards and Recognition


Million Dollar Round Table Qualifying Member 2010-2012

MDRT is the premier association of financial professionals. MDRT status designation is granted for one year and members must apply every year to continue their affiliation with the MDRT


National Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors Quality Award 2011-2014

Award recognizing commitment to excellence in service to clients and industry


National Quality Award 2004-2010

Award recognizing persistency and performance


National Sales Achievement Award 2010

Award recognizing performance


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