Presenting the Top 10 TE Recruiters for 2023

For years, Trey Cameron of Cameron Craig Group won Recruiter of the Year honors in Top Echelon Network. And now, Michael Stuck of Gables Search Group is on a streak of his own.

Michael is a three-peat winner of the award, once again taking the top spot in 2023. Although he was not able to repeat his performance of the previous two years of billing over $1 million through the Network his cash-in total of $847K is still impressive.

And yes, as is often the case, we have some new faces on our list, most prominently Brad Dodge of iLocatum Recruiting in third place ($439,809) and Sara Alexandroff of Sterling St. James, Inc. in sixth place ($312,720).

In 2022, the Network’s top ten recruiters billed at least $200K. We came close in 2023, with eight of the 10 billing at least that amount, further illustrating that while 2023 was a good year, it was not quite as good as the job market’s “irrational exuberance” of 2022.

Before we unveil the full list of top-producing recruiters, I must trot out our usual disclaimer regarding these rankings:

Our annual list of the top recruiters is determined by Top Echelon Network members’ cash-in total in our split network on a rolling 12-month basis. The order of the list below reflects the recruiters’ cash-in totals for the 2022 calendar year, which ended at midnight on December 31, 2023.

So congratulations to the recruiters listed below and congratulations to every Network member who made a split placement during the year of 2023!

Recruiters of the Year – 2023

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First Place

Michael Stuck of Gables Search Group

Michael Stuck

Recruiter: Michael Stuck
Agency: Gables Search Group
Placements: 105
Commission: $847,459
Career Top Echelon placements: 553
Career Top Echelon cash-in: $3,990,898

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Second Place

Trey Cameron of the Cameron Craig Group

Trey Cameron

Recruiter: Trey Cameron
Agency: Cameron Craig Group
Placements: 49
Commission: $455,492
Career Top Echelon placements: 1,303
Career Top Echelon cash-in: $10,392,099

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Third Place

Brad Dodge of iLocatum Recruiting

Brad Dodge

Recruiter: Brad Dodge
Agency: iLocatum Recruiting
Placements: 50
Commission: $439,809
Career Top Echelon placements: 121
Career Top Echelon cash-in: $914,557

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Fourth Place

Steve Kohn of Affinity Executive Search, Inc.

Steve Kohn

Recruiter: Steve Kohn
Agency: Affinity Executive Search, Inc.
Placements: 34
Commission: $416,429
Career Top Echelon placements: 540
Career Top Echelon cash-in: $4,901,373

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Fifth Place

Maria Hemminger of MJ Recruiters, LLC

Maria Hemminger

Recruiter: Maria Hemminger
Agency: MJ Recruiters, LLC
Placements: 33
Commission: $353,888
Career Top Echelon placements: 244
Career Top Echelon cash-in: $2,083,595

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Sixth Place

Sara Alexandroff of Sterling St. James, Inc.

Sara Alexandroff

Recruiter: Sara Alexandroff
Agency: Sterling St. James, Inc.
Placements: 35
Commission: $312,720
Career Top Echelon placements: 59
Career Top Echelon cash-in: $491,373

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Seventh Place

Bob White of Impact Solutions, Inc.

Bob White

Recruiter: Bob White
Agency: Impact Solutions, Inc.
Placements: 33
Commission: $248,008
Career Top Echelon placements: 107
Career Top Echelon cash-in: $803,090

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Eighth Place

Jim Strickland of BioSource International

Jim Strickland

Recruiter: Jim Strickland
Agency: BioSource Recruiters
Placements: 24
Commission: $235,963
Career Top Echelon placements: 226
Career Top Echelon cash-in: $1,780,425

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Ninth Place

Amy Chapman of Key People Staffing

Amy Chapman

Recruiter: Amy Chapman
Agency: Key People Staffing
Placements: 13
Commission: $186,778
Career Top Echelon placements: 73
Career Top Echelon cash-in: $874,553

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10th Place

Phil Hurd of Oculus Search Partners, LLC

Phil Hurd

Recruiter: Phil Hurd
Agency: Oculus Search Partners, LLC
Placements: 22
Commission: $175,473
Career Top Echelon placements: 63
Career Top Echelon cash-in: $472,550

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Join us in congratulating the top-producing recruiters listed above. And here’s to hoping that 2023 is a better year for every recruiter in Top Echelon Network!

If you’re looking to make more placements with your Top Echelon split recruiting membership, then contact Director of Network Operations Drea Codispoti, CPC/CERS.

You can do so by calling 330.595.1742 or by sending an email to

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