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Yes, Top Echelon Network Preferred Member David Kersey has made 99 Network placements during his tenure on the Network, and yes, that’s quite impressive.  (In fact, Kersey’s now on the verge of his 100th Network placement, since he just had an offer accepted in a split placement situation with Mike Helffrich, CPC of Helffrich International.  Once payment is received, that will make placement #100 for Kersey.)

However, that’s still a far cry from the recruiter who has made the most placements in Top Echelon Network.  That Preferred Member is Bruce Ramstad, who recently made his 306th Network placement.  That deal leads off this week’s list of completed split placements in The Pinnacle Newsletter Blog.

Ramstad joined Top Echelon Network no April 6, 1991, meaning that his 21st anniversary as a Preferred Member recruiter is quickly approaching.  (Kersey’s 20th anniversary in the Network is next month.)

No other recruiter in the history of Top Echelon Network has made 300 placements, and in actuality, there aren’t any active Members who are within shouting distance of Ramstad.  Ramstad received a special award for making 300 placements in the Network at the 2009 National Convention.  For now, he’s the undisputed “Placement King of Top Echelon Network.”  Only time will tell if he will eventually be dethroned . . .



Job order recruiter: Ronald L. Puibello of Ronald L. Puibello Search, Inc.

Candidate recruiter: Bruce Ramstad of Bruce L. Ramstad


Fee Percentage—25%

Action causing split placement: The job order or candidate was sent to me via the automated email alerts.


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Pat McCombsMike Niedbalski, CPCJob order recruiter: Pat McCombs of KB Search Team, LLC

Candidate recruiter: Mike Niedbalski of Integritas Search

Job title: CFO

Fee Percentage—25%

Action causing split placement: Regular communication with another Top Echelon Network Preferred Member recruiter.


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Judy KaplanDebbie WinkelbauerJob order recruiter: Debbie Winkelbauer of Apple & Associates, Inc.

Candidate recruiter: Judy Kaplan of Prof’l Recruiting Consultants


Fee Percentage—25%

Action causing split placement: Regular communication with another Top Echelon Network Preferred Member recruiter.


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If you’d like to see the amount of the fees associated with each of the split placements listed above, login to the Members’ Area and click on the profiles of the recruiters involved.  The fee totals will be included along with those split placements.

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Well, it’s that time of year again.  It’s actually that time of year again for a lot of things, but one of them is recognizing the Top Producers in Top Echelon Network during the previous calendar year.

Top-Producing RecruitersOf course, we’ll be formally recognizing these Preferred Member recruiters at the upcoming 2012 National Convention at the Gaylord Opryland Resort in Nashville, Tenn., next month, but in the meantime, we’d also like to recognize them in The Pinnacle Newsletter Blog.

We’re going to start with the Top 10 Producers Overall in the Network during the 2011 calendar year.  The number-one recruiter for 2011 was Trey Cameron of the Cameron Craig Group.  Cameron was fourth in 2010, and he made the leap to the top spot last year.

Sean Napoles, CPC of Career Brokers, Inc., who was number-one in 2010, was second last year.  Jim Strickland of BioSource International broke into the Top 10 by finishing in third place.

Below is the complete list of the Top 10 Producers Overall for 2011:

Trey Cameron1st—Trey Cameron of the Cameron Craig Group

2nd—Sean Napoles, CPC of Career Brokers, Inc.

3rd—Jim Strickland of BioSource International

4th—Denise Milano Sprung of JA Pharma, Inc.

5th—Russell Schutt, CSP of Progressive Executive, Inc.

6th—Angela Marasco of A. Marasco Recruiting, LLC

7th—Judy Kaplan of Prof’l Recruiting Consultants

8th—David M. Sgro, CPC of True North Consultants, Inc.

9th—Steve Brody of Executive Resource Systems

10th—Jim Fitzpatrick of Fitzpatrick & Associates

We’d like to congratulate all of these recruiters and thank them for their hard work and dedication as Preferred Members of our Network.  Their efforts are greatly appreciated, and we certainly wish them even more success in the future.

We’ll be publishing the winners of other 2011 awards in future issues of The Pinnacle Newsletter Blog.

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At Top Echelon, we love when our Preferred Member recruiters reach milestones—especially when those milestones pertain to the number of split placements they’ve made within the Network!

'Comments' and ComplimentsWe have a Preferred Member recruiter who’s right on the cusp of reaching such a milestone.  That recruiter is David Kersey of Kersey & Associates, Inc., who recently made his 99th Network placement.

Not only that, but Kersey joined Top Echelon Network on March 6, 1992.  That means very soon, Kersey will be celebrating his 20th anniversary as a Preferred Member of the Network!

Let’s see, 99 placements in almost 20 years.  That comes out to five placements per year, and since the average cash-in for a split placement in Top Echelon Network is roughly $8,000 . . . well, you can do the math.  Needless to say, Kersey has received a substantial return on his Network Membership dues every year.

Regardless, we can’t wait until he makes his next Network placement, because that will be his 100th.  Then we can celebrate even more and present him with a certificate, as well.  If you’re close to a milestone in Top Echelon Network, one that’s related to split placements or not, we want to know about it.

We also want to know if you’d like to compliment a Trading Partner for a recent split placement.  Either way, send an email to

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David KerseyGene McQueen“Gene is a true professional, and it’s a pleasure to work with him.”

Submitted by David Kersey of Kersey & Associates, Inc. regarding his split placement with Gene McQueen of the Cameron Craig Group

Position Title—PLANT MANAGER
Fee Percentage—20%

(Editor’s note: this is the second split placement that Kersey and McQueen have made together in Top Echelon Network.)

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“Hani presented us with a great candidate immediately, and he was a solid match for [our client’s] requirements.  We’re looking forward to working with Hani on more deals!”

Submitted by Chuck Szajkovics of Bulldog Recruiters, Inc. regarding his split placement with Hani Mussa of KnowPeople, Inc.

Fee Percentage—25%

(Editor’s note: this is the first split placement that Szajkovics and Mussa have made together in Top Echelon Network.)

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