Rauner names Effingham executive as director of DCEO

SPRINGFIELD — Gov. Bruce Rauner has named a 55-year-old Effingham man to lead the Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO).

Jim Schultz Courtesy Open Prairie
Jim Schultz
Courtesy Open Prairie Ventures

Rauner has selected Jim Schultz as director of DCEO. Schultz’s experience in agribusiness and as a banking entrepreneur gives him the breadth of knowledge to develop and support businesses across the State of Illinois. He will bring 30 years of experience to the position.

Schultz is currently the chairman of Open Prairie Ventures, Inc., a company he founded in 1997. Open Prairie provides private equity services and manages more than $135 million in fund commitments.

Prior to founding Open Prairie Ventures, Schultz was the chairman and CEO of Telemind Capital Corporation. The company provides merger and acquisition guidance, and financial consulting services to businesses. Schultz assisted clients in a number of industries, including: software development, banking, manufacturing, retail, healthcare and entertainment.

Schultz earned his bachelor’s degree in business administration from Southern Methodist University in 1980. He holds a law degree from DePaul University and an MBA from Northwestern University.