Introducing Recruiter of the Week . . . Dan Trudeau!

As you probably already know, we celebrate anniversaries in Top Echelon’s recruiting network. This week, though, we have a special anniversary. That’s because the members of The PRA Group, Inc. would like to recognize one of their own, Dan Trudeau, for being with the agency for 20 years.

PRA President Pam Petitpren recently emailed the following accolades to the Top Echelon offices:

Pam Petitpren of The PRA Group, Inc.

Pam Petitpren

“Just wanted to give a shout out regarding a milestone for both Dan Trudeau and our company. Today we celebrate 20 years of Dan joining our firm. In an industry with an incredible burnout rate, it is amazing that Dan has lasted the test of time and even more remarkable it is to be with one agency his entire career!

“When Dan started work with us, he was a new college grad, newly married with a wife who had become critically ill during their honeymoon. Within 30 days, she was in surgery having a liver transplant. All huge life-changing and challenging moments. Twenty years later, the transplant was successful and Beth has had a successful career as a teacher and she and Dan are busy working and raising two young boys. And what started as “a port in a storm” in the recruiting industry has truly become Dan’s calling. Dan is truly dedicated to both his candidates and clients. And as all of you who have worked with him in our Network know, he is just a great industry professional, as well an all-around great guy!

“Jim, Dan, and I have had much success together. We also weathered 9/11 and the Great Recession . . . a challenge that was truly devastating. Every client we had shut down all their job orders for months. Add to it that our business is in the heart of Southeastern Michigan, and it was a business-destroying event for all of us. The ability to regroup and reinvent ourselves and work together to do this is something all three of us feel both the deepest sense of gratitude and humility about.

“Of the many things we did to turn our ship around was to become members of TE. It is one of the smartest things we ever did, and working with this organization has truly brought joy to all of our lives. We have met and worked with some of the finest people in the staffing industry. You help us find good people and you strengthen our morale as we wrestle with this beast we call recruiting. God bless all of you. You have made a difference in our lives.”

Dan Trudeau: secrets to his success

The PRA Group, Inc. joined Top Echelon’s recruiter network in 2012. Since joining, Dan Trudeau has made 25 split placements in the Network. That total includes eight placements last year and four more in 2018.

So as you might have already guessed (if you haven’t read the headline), Dan is Recruiter of the Week!

However, we wanted Dan to say a few words about the success he’s enjoyed with The PRA Group and also within Top Echelon. This is what he had to say:

Dan Trudeau of The PRA Group, Inc.

Dan Trudeau

“I was brought into the staffing industry twenty years ago when Jim and Pam Petitpren decided to take a chance on a fresh college grad with nothing on paper that screamed, ‘This is a recruiter!’ I’m very happy they took that chance. It’s rare in any industry, but particularly ours, to remain with one company over the course of a career, but here we are, weathering the storms and celebrating the successes together in 2018. They’re proof that you can be professional and still caring and that it’s possible to be successful while staying true to what’s important to you. Why would I want to work with anyone else?

“The job market is a much different place than it was when I started. Technology has changed the way we go about our day-to-day business and the candidate market has never been tighter. Our work with TE has been a big part of why we’re still here doing well. The other recruiters we’ve partnered with have done more than just bring us candidates or new jobs to work on. TE has been a valuable resource for industry information, solutions to common problems, info on how to best use the tools available, and the camaraderie that comes from working in a challenging business many others aren’t aware of. It’s a key part of the success we’ve had over the last 5+ years.”

Well said! Congratulations to Dan Trudeau for his 20 years with The PRA Group and also for being named Recruiter of the Week in Top Echelon Network!

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