John Sachs was born on August 15, 1951, in Rockford, Illinois. His parents John and Lorraine are a plant manager (retired) and a BSN nursing instructor (retired). He is the oldest of seven children; three brothers and three sisters. He attended parochial schools in Rockford and graduated from South Mecklenburg Senior High School in Pineville NC. He attended Milwaukee School of Engineering, and Rockford College. He graduated from Northern Illinois University in 1976 with a degree in Business. By working three years installing telephone switching equipment and going to night school, John completed his undergraduate education without any loans. He took classes towards an MS in Marketing from Iowa State University.
John married his wife, Janice, in 1984 in Ames. Jan is an Iowa native from Sioux County. They have one son, John, a student at Iowa State University and Eagle Scout. They are Catholic.
He is semi-retired. He has thirty years of business background in central Iowa in management, finance, systems analysis, industrial engineering and materials management. He is a past member of American Production and Inventory Control Society (former Board Member and CPIM) and past member of the National Association of Purchasing Managers.
He is involved in the following community activities: Boy Scouts of America (Troop 44 committee member, Wood Badge, and two trips to the Boundary Waters); Fourth degree member of the Knights of Columbus, (former Grand Knight); Alumnae Association Member of Northern Illinois University, Iowa State University and University of Iowa; Habitat for Humanity contributor and volunteer; Des Moines Art Center member; former member of the Ames Town and College Toastmasters.
John is a “This Old House” devotee, and has tackled many home updating projects, short of laying the foundation. He builds and updates computers. He enjoys traveling and family events, particularly in Iowa/Midwest venues. He is a history buff and avid reader, and is especially interested in the Civil War.