Exceptional service at every level

Jeff Prior
(217) 235-6610


Jeff Prior is the Founder and President of JWP Strategic. After leaving the retail industry Mr. Prior joined a successful boutique executive search firm as their Managing Partner successfully driving top line growth. He developed successful relationships through connecting with executives and managers at all levels and functional areas that lead to a demand for his leadership and services.

Previously to the search industry Mr. Prior was a successful entrepreneur in the retail industry founding and operating retail furniture stores. He started his career in the banking industry as an analyst and eventually moved into sales which lead to his transition into retail. His understanding of the demands placed on business performance through having the right talent in the right role gives him the vision that drives our success.


Nate Witsman
(217) 235-6620


Nate Witsman joined JWP Strategic as Manager/Recruiter, with 14 years in the executive search industry. His focus has been placing mid to executive level Engineers and Sales professionals with manufacturers, OEM’s and system integrators.

He partners with companies to build technical teams and serves professionals to find the next position in their career progression. He believes in a highly technical approach when working with hiring authorities and candidates. Nate’s focus is recruiting those with either PLC/HMI programming to DCS, SIS migration experience including SCADA, MES and IIoT experience across controls platforms. He has also specialized in focused roles including SCADA Programmer, Motion Control Specialist, Safety Controls Engineer, and MES Programmer. Nate worked with companies in Food & Beverage, Water & Wastewater, CPG, Pharmaceutical and Oil & Gas verticals. He partners with companies serious about winning the Talent War by growing their Engineering and Sales Teams with a proven path of success to a company’s search.


Lorraine Emch
Professional Recruiter
(217) 433-4871

Lorraine Emch is a staffing professional with extensive business growth and development experience in the staffing industry.  She has a background recruiting in the IT, engineering, management, skilled trades, and medical arenas.   Her focus has always been helping great companies and great candidates come together.   Lorraine has always found great fulfillment in helping people and working as a Professional Recruiter.  She is the ideal recruiter to assist you with all your jobs or candidate searches.   She has worked with many Fortune 500 companies and is ready to partner with you.