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 MRI since 2006, consistently exceeding his clients’ expectations in the construction industry. As leader of the construction recruiting team, Jim shares his extensive knowledge and propels his team to success. With more than 19 years in the construction and materials industry, Jim Lappin is committed to helping firms find the best talent at the right time. Serving as a trusted partner, Jim excels in listening to his clients’ needs and bringing value in ways such as market intelligence, competition surveys, project leads, retention planning, and forecasting.

Through his partnerships, Jim has repeatedly earned the company’s prestigious Pacesetter Award, ranking him in the top 5% of recruiters worldwide, working largely through professional referrals.

Jim graduated from the University of Iowa with a Bachelor of Science degree in Economics.

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