A Special Message From President Mark Demaree
In 2018, I will be starting my 19th year with Top Echelon. I don’t know what’s more unbelievable, that 2018 will be here in a few weeks or that I’ve been here that long. Time certainly does fly by.
During the past 19 years, I’ve been part of Top Echelon’s recruiting network. Over the course of that time, I’ve come to fully appreciate the recruiters who comprise our split network.
At this point, you might be thinking, “Holy cow, is this guy about to announce his retirement?”
No, I will not be doing that today. Or in the foreseeable future, for that matter. However, it’s been a while since I wrote a personal article in The Pinnacle. Since 2017 is winding to a close and a New Year is upon us, I thought now would be the appropriate time.
When you do something for 19 years, you get to know the people with whom you work. Of course, I’ve grown to know the other people who have worked at Top Echelon over the years. But who I’m specifically talking about Top Echelon Network members.
Like any network, people come and people go. That’s just a fact of life. However, some people stay and they often stay for a long time. During the past 19 years, I’ve grown to know quite a few recruiters who have been Network members for five, 10, and 15+ years.
Heck, there are TE recruiters who were Network members before I even joined Top Echelon, and they’re still Network members! To me, that’s an awesome display of resiliency, loyalty, and success, and I can’t thank those recruiters enough for everything that they’ve done during their time with us.
And that’s the point of this blog post: I want to thank YOU, the Top Echelon Network membership, for your commitment to us. And it doesn’t matter how long you’ve been with us, either; I’m thankful for every single one of you.
That being said, no journey is immune to hardships. I know for a fact that there are several long-standing Network members who have either gone through hardships recently or are going through them right now. These hardships have taken many forms and degrees of severity.
Hardships such as these are especially difficult during the holiday season. That’s why I want you to know that we at Top Echelon are praying for those who are enduring these hardships. We’ve known many of these people for many years. We’ve talked on the phone and in person about business, about family, and about life.
So in almost 19 years at Top Echelon, I’ve learned quite a few things. One of those things is that a customer doesn’t have to just be a customer. A customer can be a friend, too. And that’s not the only friendship that can exist with the Network. Customers (or recruiters) can be friends with other customers. There have been literally hundreds of such friendships down through the years.
And even though we’re proud of the many recruiters who have called themselves Top Echelon customers down through the years, we’re more proud of the many Top Echelon customers who we’ve been able to call friends.
I want to take this opportunity to thank all of you and to wish you a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!