Jim Lappin

Chicago Construction Commercial, Multifamily, healthcare


Partnering with architectural, engineering, mechanical, and construction firms in the Midwest. Working with clients in all delivery methods. Executing searches for: General Manager, VP, Estimator, PX, PM, BD, General Superintendent, and many others.

Practice Director



Jim has been with Management Recruiters of Cedar Rapids since 2006, with a strong background in the construction and materials industry, he has firmly established himself as more than just a recruiter, he is a trusted expert and business partner within the construction industry.

With nearly 15 years of experience recruiting specifically in the Construction Industry, Jim has built an incredibly vast network of relationships within the industry which allow him to work with some of the top construction organizations, and help countless people progress in their career.

As a product of his expertise and tenure, Jim has been able to enjoy a very consultative relationship with individuals, whether its sharing market information, sending project opportunities to his clients, or passing job prospects to his contacts, he takes satisfaction in being a resource within the industry.

Not only has Jim been able to help many people in the construction industry in his time with Management Recruiters of Cedar Rapids, he has also been able to guide and mentor many people joining the MRCR team. His understanding on the recruiting process and insights he has learned in the business has made him an invaluable asset to the MRCR team.

Awards and Recognition:

2015 CSAM of the Year: This is an award earned by only one Account Manager in the company based on giving back to the program through volunteer and mentoring work.

Jim is an 11-time Pacesetter award winner, the MRINetwork Pacesetter Award is granted to roughly 5% of the Account Executives in the network annually for reaching the highest levels of success in recruiting each year.

Outside of the office:

Jim enjoys spending quality time with his family, reading, and doing volunteer work. Jim is an active volunteer in several school groups in the Cedar Rapids area, as well as local cancer charities.

Jim Lappin did a very good job with my placement and I have worked with many recruiters in the past but I thought he was the most professional and most sincere that I have worked with. Other recruiters have been like salespeople.
Jim is a tremendous business partner and one that I consider vital as we move forward filling open positions or growing our sales ranks.

CFO Commercial Construction

Jim’s knowledge of construction industry professionals is always very impressive and very accurate. One of the talents we have come to appreciate about Jim is his ability to stay in touch and follow up. He has taken the time to find out what we need, how we do business, and what makes a great employee for our company. As we continue with our growth plans, I look forward to our continued relationship with Jim.

Owner General Contractor, Elgin, IL

Having worked and talked with Jim over the past few years, I have utmost respect for Jim and his integrity. I am pleased to do business with him and after this market turns, I am sure I will keep him busy.

Client Partner, Oak Brook, IL

Jim did a fine job. Everything was presented to in a fair and open way with no deviation.

Construction Candidate