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First we gave you “The Top 15 Moments in Top Echelon Network in 2015”

Then we gave you “The Top 10 Milestones in Top Echelon in 2015”

THEN we gave you “The Top 10 Recruiters in Top Echelon in 2015.”

So you probably figured that this list was next . . . especially since we announce this list every year . . . and give recruiters awards based upon the list.

Yes, that’s right: it’s “The Top 10 Recruiting Firms in Top Echelon in 2015.”

This list is determined by each recruiting firm’s cash-in total in Top Echelon Network on a rolling 12-month basis. The order of the list was reflects the firms’ cash-in total for the 2015 calendar year, which ended at midnight on December 31, 2015.

TE’s Top 10 recruiting firms: #10 to #1

Once again, for the purposes of this blog post, we’re going to count down the list of recruiting network members, starting with #10. Without further adieu, let’s count down “The Top 10 Recruiting Firms in Top Echelon in 2015”!

#10—Ron Sunshine Associates, LLC

Mr. Ron Sunshine has been rocking and rolling ever since he joined the Network for the second time back in 2007. Since that time, he’s made 48 Network split placements, including 12 in 2015. Ron believes in the value of doing splits, he embraces the Four Pillars of the Network (Quality, Communication, Trust, and Active Participation), and his production numbers reflect that.

#9—J.D. Cotter Search, Inc.

J.D. Cotter Search has been a highly productive firm within Top Echelon Network for many years now, anchored by none other than industry veteran Joe Cotter. While some of the names and faces have changed throughout the years, some have not. The current faces include Steve Moore, Doug Boyce, Richard Lowe, Tom Bower, and Rhyan Lowe.

#8—MJ Recruiters, LLC

How could this list NOT include MJ Recruiters, LLC? Maria Hemminger and Joanna Spaun have been rocking and rolling since they joined the Network over 10 years ago. Maria made 15 splits in the Network last year, and she also hit the 100-placement plateau for her TE career. There’s no reason to think that this firm wouldn’t be on this list next year . . . and the year after . . . and the year after . . .

#7—Byrnes & Rupkey, Inc.

Check this out: it’s a brand-new firm on this list! And when I say brand-new firm, I mean a firm that joined Top Echelon Network on May 28, 2014. Since that time, the recruiters in the firm have made a total of 25 Network placements, including 17 last year. Congratulations to Lois Rupkey, Kristy Staggs, Sara Gallagher, Jessica Gibbs, Katy Paulsen, Kay Gienger, Christian Ebetino.

#6—True North Consultants, Inc.

This firm consists of the father-son team of Sgro and Sgro, specifically David M. Sgro, CPC and David J. Sgro. (Jeremy Hoover is also part of the agency.) David M. Sgro, who made 13 Network splits in 2015, also makes contract placements, attends Top Echelon Network events on a regular basis, and has made 83 career placements in TE. Meanwhile, David J. Sgro made a Network split last year that generated a fee of $37,500. That’s teamwork!

#5—Corporate Resources, LLC

Speaking of teamwork, none of the recruiters in this firm landed on the individual top 10 list, but collectively, they’re #5 on this list for 2015! That’s nothing new for this Network agency, which joined Top Echelon in 1992. The list of recruiters who have contributed to this firm’s billings is as long as it is impressive: Tom Heeney, CPC; Jack Better, CPC; Dan Winters, CPC; Cindy Andrew Cordell, CPC; Chris Ramsay; Carol Brinkman; and Suzy Turnpaugh. (Notice all the CPCs? So did I.)

#4—Albert Energy, LLC/fulltimeGiGS

Here’s another great team: the husband-wife team of Steve Copeland and Pam Copeland. The two of them came SO close to both being in the top ten for the year on the individual recruiter list (Steve finished #11). However, when you put the two of them together, they’re #4 in the Network. While it remains to be seen if both can land in the top 10 indivdually in 2016, their place on the firm rankings is probably secure.

#3—Career Brokers, Inc.

Sean Napoles, CPC is a machine. Okay, so he’s not an actual machine, but if you get enough coffee in him, he’ll rival any robotic recruiting machination. Sean has taken permanent residence in the top 10 of just about every list we’ve published since joining the Network 15 years ago. He’s a bona fide split placement Hall of Famer, an excellent importer, and a top-notch trading partner.

#2—Affinity Executive Search

Steve Kohn enjoyed one of the best years that a recruiter has ever enjoyed in Top Echelon Network during 2015, but make no mistake about it, Affinity Executive Search is NOT a one-trick pony. There is more than one experienced, accomplished recruiter in the agency, including Steve’s daughters Hannah, Sara, and Rebecca. Affinity Executive Search made 52 Network split placements in 2015—that’s an average of one per week!

#1—Cameron Craig Group

Here’s the only firm that could beat an average of one placement per week in Top Echelon Network. In fact, the Cameron Craig Group made roughly one Network split placement every three days in 2015. However, like Affinity Executive Search, there’s more than one recruiter making splits in this firm. In addition, to Trey Cameron, Gene McQueen has made 26 TE placements during his career.

Thank you for joining for this countdown of “Top 10 Recruiting Firms in Top Echelon in 2015.” Top Echelon Network is about more than just individual recruiters; it’s about mid-sized, third-party recruiting agencies consisting of multiple recruiters.

Our goal is to help those recruiting agencies leverage their resources, make more placements, and reach their production goals . . . this year and every year. If you want to keep your winning streak up, try Top Echelon’s recruiting software. Start your free trial today!

If you haven’t signed up for the 2016 Top Echelon National Convention, does that mean Elvis-podi’s most excellent sales pitch did not convince you?

For shame!

Well, how about this: Early Bird Registration for the convention is ending soon!

How soon? On Friday, February 12, that’s how soon. That’s right, you have between now and then to register for the Early Bird price of just $295 per person.

However, if you do NOT sign up before February 12, the price goes up. Don’t let that happen. (Not the price increase; you can’t control that.) Don’t let you not signing up happen.

Early Bird catches more than a great price

As we’ve mentioned before, industry trainer Greg Doersching of Bullseye Mentor will be the keynote speaker for the National Convention. In fact, he’s presenting three sessions in Vegas, and the titles of those sessions, as well as the description, are listed below:

“The Future of Recruiting”

Where have we come from? Where are we now? Where are we going tomorrow with technology, candidates, clients, and running our business with the right information in hand? Industry trainer Greg Doersching will help you gauge your sights on being a successful agency for recruiting in tomorrow’s world.

“Creating the Patterns of Prosperity, Part 1”

In this two-part series, Greg will walk attendees through the eight patterns that lead to enhanced production, more placements, and greater profits. Greg will go in-depth into the critical areas that all recruiters need to master and implement on their desks. He will show insider tips and strategies designed to deliver extreme customer service, advanced candidate control, and noticeably more consistent results.

“Creating the Patterns of Prosperity, Part 2”

In the second part of this two-part series, Greg will address the final four patterns that lead to enhanced production, more placements, and greater profits. Greg will emphasize the importance of expectations, including minimum expectation goals, follow-up expectations, planning expectations, and story-telling expectations, among others. Attendees can finish the convention on a high note, as Greg arms them with what they need to return to their desk with energy and enthusiasm.

To sign up for the convention with a credit card, login to the Members’ Area and locate the convention registration links in the left-hand side of the page. Click on the appropriate links and follow the instructions to submit the correct information. (You can also access the updated agenda for the convention, which includes titles and full descriptions of the sessions.)

Below is some more groovy information about the convention:

  • The dates are Tuesday, April 19, and Wednesday, April 20.
  • The site will be the Monte Carlo Resort & Casino.
  • There will be extensive training on the Top Echelon Network and Big Biller software systems.

If you have any questions about registration (or about any other aspects of the convention), please contact Director of Network Operations Drea Elvis-podi, CPC/CERS at 330.455.1433, x156 or via email at

Top Echelon Network recruiters love to praise and compliment one another for completed split placements, but when they make their first split placement together, that calls for extra Network kudos!

This week, we have recruiters who made their first split placement and who want to praise each other specifically for that placement.

Instances such as this show the value that the Network can provide, because they illustrate the value from both the importer’s point of view and the exporter’s point of view. When you build a relationship with a great trading partner, it doesn’t matter which side of the placement process you work.

That process will more than likely be a quality experience that results in a placement.

How many split placements like that have you been a part of during the past year? One? Two? More?

If you’re a member of the Network, and you haven’t made a split placement like that, we want to help you do it! Specifically, Director of Network Operations Drea Codispoti, CPC/CERS wants to help you do it. You can contact Drea at 330.455.1433, x156 or via email at

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Amber Schleinkofer of KB Search Team, LLC

Amber Schleinkofer

Catherine Bateman of Woods and Paolino Recruiting Solutions

Catherine Bateman

“It’s a real pleasure to work with Amber. She is open about the [job order], giving great insight on what her client wants in a candidate. Amber communicates throughout the process as a candidate is vetted. Even a placement doesn’t result, I leave the search knowing Amber handled my client professionally. It is definitely even better when a placement is the result!”

Submitted by Catherine Bateman of Woods & Paolino Recruiting Solutions regarding her Network split placement with Amber Schleinkofer of KB Search Team, LLC


Fee Percentage—25%

(Editor’s note: This is the first Network split placement that Bateman and Schleinkofer have made together in Top Echelon.)

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“Thank you, Catherine, for all of your support. Your candidates are always spot-on, and we love partnering with you!”

Submitted by Amber Schleinkofer of KB Search Team, LLC regarding her Network split placement with Catherine Bateman of Woods & Paolino Recruiting Solutions


Fee Percentage—25%

(Editor’s note: This is the first Network split placement that Schleinkofer and Bateman have made together in Top Echelon.)

In The Pinnacle, we like to highlight recruiters who are “flying below the radar,” so to speak. This week, we have a recruiter who is both “flying below the radar” . . . but not really.

He’s not really doing that because:

  • He’s made 161 Network placements.
  • He’s a member of Top Echelon Network’s $1 Million Club.
  • He was the #2 recruiter in the Network last year in terms of cash-in.

Perhaps that last achievement underscores his “under the radar” status. During the past few years, Trey Cameron of the Cameron Craig Group has run away with most of the top honors and awards, leaving Steve Kohn of Affinity Executive Search to finish second in a number of categories.

However, Steve is first this week because Steve is Recruiter of the Week!

Steve Kohn has been a consistent, highly professional, split-minded, talent recruiter in this Network since he joined over 20 years ago. His trading partners rave about his work, and his results speak for themselves.

So in more ways than one, Steve Kohn is second to none in Top Echelon Network!

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Melissa Truax of Premier Health Careers, Inc./Premier Paths

Melissa Truax

Steve Kohn of Affinity Executive Search

Steve Kohn

“Steve, thank you for such a great candidate! I am so amazed at the amount split placements I have made with TE partners in less than two years. It is so worth it to have members of the Network post other members’ jobs. Thank you again, Steve!”

Submitted by Melissa Truax of Premier Health Careers, Inc./Premier Paths regarding her Network split placement with Steve Kohn of Affinity Executive Search


Fee Percentage—Flat

(Editor’s note: This is the second Network split placement that Truax and Kohn have made together in Top Echelon.)

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Kenny Frey, CPC/CERS of the Frey Consulting Group, Inc.

Kenny Frey, CPC/CERS

“Steve’s the bomb! I received this candidate three days after I posted on Big Biller, and 13 days later the deal closed. Nice work, man.”

Submitted by Kenny Frey, CPC/CERS of The Frey Consulting Group, Inc. regarding his Network split placement with Steve Kohn of Affinity Executive Search


Fee Percentage—22%

(Editor’s note: This is the third Network split placement that Frey and Kohn have made together in Top Echelon.)

What is the definition of “starting the new year with a recruiting bang”?

Making a total of 23 placements in 31 days, that’s what!

As indicated below, the top five recruiters in Top Echelon Network made 23 split placements during January. That means at least one of them made a Network placement on 23 of the 31 calendar days in the month.

Now, as you can see, one recruiter made nearly half of those placements. However, remember that Trey Cameron of the Cameron Craig Group did NOT win the Recruiter of the Month Award for all 12 months of 2015. So there’s no guarantee that will run the table this year . . . although he’s certainly taken the first of 12 steps in the appropriate direction.

So we want to congratulate all of the recruiters below for starting the new year with a recruiting bang, and if you made a Network split placement during the month of January, we want to congratulate you, too.

Let’s keep the placements rolling through every month of 2016!

Below are the top five recruiters in Top Echelon Network for the month of January:

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Recruiters of the Month:

1st Place: Trey Cameron
Agency: Cameron Craig Group
Placements: 11
Commission: $82,822

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2nd Place: Sean Napoles, CPC
Agency: Career Brokers, Inc.
Placements: 5
Commission: $51,694

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3rd Place: John Peterson
Agency: Sun Recruiting, Inc.
Placements: 3
Commission: $32,975

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4th Place: Greg Downs
Agency: Downs Associates
Placements: 2
Commission: $20,797

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5th Place: Maria Hemminger
Agency: MJ Recruiters, LLC
Placements: 2
Commission: $18,330

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If YOU are looking to receive a more substantial return on your investment in Top Echelon Network membership, contact Director of Network Operations Drea Codispoti, CPC/CERS at 330.455.1433, x156.