About James Thomas Productions        



Chris Schuman- Partner/Director of Operations


After graduating from “The” University of Oklahoma in 2000, business development and managing crews was my path. My first job out of college was in outside construction business development and as the crew supervisor in Oklahoma City and then I quickly transferred to Washington, D.C. after the attacks of 9/11.  Being part of the massive re-build of the Pentagon, the extension at Dulles International Airport, and the cutting edge Homeland Security compound, I was hooked on turning chaos into clarity. 


In 2004, I combined my passion for sports and entertainment and my path of managing and building into what I have now which is 10 years of experience. Based in Los Angeles, I’m never too far from the action of the Events & Entertainment scene.  I’ve managed crews upwards of 150 people and have built and created whatever the client has desired. During my career, I’ve delivered production services for literally thousands of projects, including corporate events, special events, sporting events, auto shows, fashion shows, theatrical productions, themed attractions, concerts, award shows, the Olympics, television & film productions, and nation-wide tours.


Do right. Do your best and treat others, as you want to be treated.  That’s how I work and that’s how I play.  When I am playing I’m enjoying my time with my daughters Gracie and Ivy and wife Katy. They are the part of my life that gives me the “extra” to make it not ordinary but extraordinary. 





Patrick Cleary- Partner/VP Production & Operations


I moved from the East Coast three years to Arizona from Florida. Leaving behind family, job and memories. In the harsh times of the downtrodden economy work was difficult to find. I must have looked under every rock for a way to squeeze some money out of my new town. I ended up a bouncer, street perfume (knock-off) salesman, cold calling tool salesman, and pushy “is your air conditioning running well?” appointment setter to name a few. I finally resided in the fact that I just needed some good honest work I could do with my hands.


This epiphany led me to where I am today. Responding to an ad on Craigslist stating that there was landscaping work to be done that would last until November. I jumped at the chance! Finally, just a job, no promises other than work. After being interviewed I was offered the option of sanding boards in a warehouse by hand over the landscaping; I took it. This is how I met my business partner and genuine friend Chris. I told him that I was capable of more then my current position, and he gave me a chance. I worked hard to learn the industry and coupled with my past managerial experience it was a natural fit. The rest is history.


With ambition, dedication and hard work we have grown the business into what it has become today. A creative approach to helping Events & Entertainment become what their creators intended them, nothing short of breathtaking. I firmly believe you get out of life what you put in, and that’s how I tackle business; head first and 100%.





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