Jim Nalepa, founder and president of Nalepa & Associates, has over 25 years of direct experience recruiting leaders of character for a diversified group of corporate clients. He has been a guest commentator on executive performance at The Kellogg Business School of Northwestern University and is regarded as one of the country's top executive search professionals. Jim has been cited in such publications as the Wall Street Journal, Crain's Chicago Magazine, and Working Woman.Jim graduated from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point and was commissioned as a second Lieutenant in 1978. He served in various leadership capacities in the U.S. Army, first with the 3rd Infantry Division in Germany and then with the 82nd Airborne Division at Ft. Bragg, N.C. He was a member of the Grenada Rescue Mission in 1983. He left active service as a Captain in 1984.Upon leaving active service, Mr. Nalepa became director of recruiting for Pfizer Inc., the world's largest pharmaceutical company. During his tenure, he was responsible for bringing scores of successful leaders into the Pfizer family. In 1988, Jim founded Junior Officer Recruiting, Inc. (JOR). JOR trained and placed selected junior military officers with Fortune 250 companies. Moving upward to the executive search ranks, he joined DHR as executive vice president and then became president of Morgan International. In 2001, Jim founded Nalepa & Associates to recapture a client centric vision and focus on leadership, which he believes is the most critical skill set of any executive.
Jim is the past president of the West Point Society of Chicago, a former board member of the USO of Illinois, and a Life member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars.