November 9th, 2023


Announcing the Recipients of the 2024 Chicago Titan 100

Titan CEO and headline sponsor Wipfli LLP are pleased to announce Tim Schumm, founder and CEO of Lucas James Talent Partners, as a 2024 Chicago Titan 100. The Titan 100 program recognizes Chicago’s Top 100 CEO’s & C-level executives. They are the area’s most accomplished business leaders in their industry using criteria that includes demonstrating exceptional leadership, vision, and passion. Collectively the 2024 Chicago Titan 100 and their companies employ upwards of 325,000 individuals and generate over $42 Billion dollars in annual revenues. This year’s honorees will be published in a limited-edition Titan 100 book and profiled exclusively online. They will be honored at the annual awards ceremony on February 8th, 2024 and will be given the opportunity to interact and connect multiple times throughout the year with their fellow Titans.

“The Titan 100 are visionary leaders that inspire the Chicago business community. These preeminent leaders have built a distinguished reputation that is unrivaled and preeminent in their field. We are humbled to recognize the Titan 100 for their efforts to shape the future of the Chicago business community” says Jaime Zawmon, President of Titan CEO.


Tim Schumm has a diverse work experience spanning various roles and industries. Tim is the Founder and President of Lucas James Talent Partners, a Talent Acquisition Services firm based in Chicago, IL.

Lucas James Talent Partners is an On-Demand Talent Acquisition Services firm focused on providing clients a high quality, cost-effective, variable, and transparent talent acquisition experience. Our clients hire our Sr. Recruiting and Sourcing team members as an extension of their teams on an hourly/weekly basis. The cost-per-hire represents 40-60% cost savings compared to a relationship with a traditional fee or contractor based recruiting or staffing firm. The most efficient, cost-effective way to perform talent acquisition activities is in-house – and we give our client partners a solution to help expand their internal offerings on an as-needed, cost friendly basis.

After spending 10 years in the traditional staffing and recruiting space – I saw that the model in which 90%+ of the industry operates in is broken – transactional, inefficient, costly, lacks transparency and visibility, and more than often the partnership leaves clients and candidates with a poor experience and needs/expectations left unfulfilled. I started Lucas James with the customer in mind and worked backwards from there to create our unique on-demand model of service.

Our corporate recruiting team helps clients with skillsets that range from sales, operations, accounting/finance, marketing, and customer success/service. In addition, we have a technical recruitment team focused primarily on skillsets ranging from IT, application development, network administration, software engineering and development, and product roles – from entry level personnel to department heads.

Tim Schumm


The annual Titan 100 awards celebration on February 8th, 2024, will be held at Navy Pier’s Aon Grand Ballroom in Chicago, Illinois.  This jewel of Navy Pier was part of Navy Pier’s original 1916 construction and reminiscent of an era of elegance and splendor. This unique cocktail-style awards event will gather 100 Titans of Industry and their guests for an evening unlike anything that exists in the Chicago business community.

“On behalf of all the partners and associates at Wipfli we congratulate all the Titan 100 winners. It’s an honor to recognize this diverse group of leaders in the Chicago area. We appreciate the lasting impact each leader has made, and continues to make, in building organizations of significance both here in Chicago and abroad. Your ingenuity and creativity have set you apart, and the honor of being seen as a Titan of Industry is richly deserved,” says Gary Shutan, Partner at Wipfli.

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