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Time certainly flies when you’re having fun!

Although this past year was not exactly fun, both in this country and around the world.

On March 8, 2020, Top Echelon celebrated its 32nd birthday. One day later, the first case of the coronavirus was confirmed in the state of Ohio. (Top Echelon’s headquarters are located in Canton.)

March 8, 1988 was the date of the first issue of The Pinnacle Newsletter. Top Echelon co-founder Mike Kappel sent out that first issue of the newsletter, and he did it via The Pony Express. (Kidding . . . I’m just kidding!) No, Mike sent the first Pinnacle newsletter via the United States Postal Service, which is pretty much the same thing these days. (I’m kidding!)

Of course, that’s because there was no Internet 33 years ago. Imagine that with me for just a second. You can’t, can you?

Anyway, a few years ago, we re-published the very first article in The Pinnacle newsletter. You can read it by clicking here.

A few years ago, we also published a Pinnacle article titled, “27 Little-Known Facts About Top Echelon on Its 27th Anniversary.”

You can view all 27 little-known facts by clicking here.

And of course, we have some facts about the year 1988, courtesy of the website mybirthdayfacts.com. In 1988, the:

  • Number-one pop song was “Never Gonna Give You Up” by Rick Astley.
  • Number-one movie was Good Morning, Vietnam.
  • Median new home price was $108,900.
  • Price of a new car was $13,761.
  • Price of a gallon of gas was 96 cents.
  • Price of a loaf of bread was 59 cents.

And last, but certainly not least, we want to recognize Charter Member Steve Brody of Executive Resource Systems. Steve has been with us since the very beginning, meaning that his “war stories” certainly mirror ours. (And in some cases, our “war stories” include each other.)

So congratulations to Steve, who started recruiting in 1982, for both his longevity and his success as a Top Echelon Network member!

So while this past year was largely one that a lot of people might want to forget, we certainly don’t want to forget you—the members of our Network. You have been the driving force behind our success for the past 33 years, and we’re very glad that you are with us, that you trust us, and that we will forge a new path into the future together.

Congratulations to everybody who is a member of our recruiting network right now, and yes, that means YOU. Without you, there would be no Top Echelon, no Network, and no 33rd birthday.

Now . . . let us eat cake!

It’s not often that a pair of recruiters in Top Echelon Network split a $49,000 fee and they do NOT win the Largest Split Placement Fee of the Month award.

But it happened in February!

That’s because David Evans of Perfect Fit Placement and Ann Boland of The Boland Group placed a Program Vice President and earned a $49,000 fee for their efforts. However, Juanita Smith of the Executive Group and Nick Hope of Hope and Associates placed a (Refining) Operations Manager and they earned a $60,000 fee!

And that was more than enough to earn the Highest Split Placement Fee of the Month award!

Top Echelon determines the monthly and quarterly winners of its Network split fee recruiting awards in four distinct categories:

1.) Recruiter of the Month
2.) Largest Split Fee of the Month
3.) Recruiter of the Quarter
4.) Largest Split Fee of the Quarter

We only announce the winners of these awards in The Pinnacle Newsletter Blog. We do so usually (but not always) in the issue following the conclusion of each month and/or quarter.

So congratulations to Juanita and Nick for making this placement and for earning the Largest Split Fee of the Month Award . . . and congratulations to everybody on list below for making some BIG placement fees during February!

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Largest Split Fee — February 2021

Nick Hope of Hope and Associates

Nick Hope

Juanita Smith of Executive Group

Juanita Smith

Juanita Smith of the Executive Group and Nick Hope of Hope and Associates

The position for this split placement was a (Refining) Operations Manager and the fee percentage associated with this placement was 25%.

Juanita was the job order recruiter and Nick was the candidate recruiter.

The fee for this split placement was $60,000.

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Second Place:

David Evans of Perfect Fit Placement (job order recruiter)
Ann Boland of The Boland Group (candidate recruiter)

Position Title: Program Vice President – Midwest Region
Fee percentage: 28%
Split Fee: $49,000

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Third Place:

Michael Georgenson of PMG Employment Consultants, LLC (job order recruiter)
Branden Hodges (candidate recruiter – inactive)
Position Title: Sr. Project Manager
Fee percentage: 30%
Split Fee: $39,000

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Fourth Place:

Amy Chapman of Key People Staffing (job order recruiter)
Mark Freeman of ProConcepts International  (candidate recruiter)

Position Title: VP of Quality
Fee percentage: 25%
Split Fee: $37,500

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Fifth Place:

John Peterson of Sun Recruiting, Inc. (job order recruiter)
Jagdeep (Jack) Nagdev of Staffor (candidate recruiter)

Position Title: Plant Manager
Fee percentage: 22%
Split Fee: $36,300

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If YOU want to make more money through Top Echelon’s recruiter network, then contact Director of Network Operations Drea Codispoti, CPC/CERS.

You can reach Drea by calling 330.455.1433, x156 or by sending an email to drea@topechelon.com.

We’re pleased to present the top recruiters in Top Echelon Network for the month of February!

Last year, we made a couple of changes to this regular feature in The Pinnacle Newsletter Blog. Those changes are as follows:

  1. We now list the top 10 recruiters for the month, instead of just the top five.
  2. We now base the order of the recruiters on their amount of “cash-in” dollars, as opposed to the number of split placements they made during the month.

With this format, there are more likely to be ties among recruiters, especially with those members who have made split placements with each other.

Now that we’ve set the ground rules, congratulations to the recruiters listed below and congratulations to every Network member who made a split placement (or multiple splits) during the month of February!

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Recruiters of the Month — February 2021:

1st Place: Steve Kohn
Agency: Affinity Executive Search, Inc.
Placements: Seven (7)
Commission: $61,401

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2nd Place: Michael Stuck
Agency: Gables Search Group
Placements: Thirteen (13)
Commission: $43,371

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3rd Place: Terry Rhodes
Agency: NewCareers
Placements: Four (4)
Commission: $34,881

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4th Place: Amy Chapman
Agency: Key People Staffing
Placements: Two (2)
Commission: $29,727

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5th Place (tie): Nick Hope
Agency: Hope and Associates
Placements: One (1)
Commission: $28,200

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5th Place (tie): Juanita Smith
Agency: Executive Group
Placements: One (1)
Commission: $28,200

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6th Place: Linda Blakemore
Agency: Atlantic Pacific Group, Inc.
Placements: Three (3)
Commission: $23,970

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7th Place (tie): David Evans
Agency: Perfect Fit Placement
Placements: One (1)
Commission: $23,030

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7th Place (tie): Ann Boland
Agency: The Boland Group
Placements: One (1)
Commission: $23,030

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8th Place: Jeff Katz
Agency: JSK Recruiting
Placements: Two (2)
Commission: $22,888

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9th Place: Mike Burks
Agency: T. Burks & Associates
Placements: Two (2)
Commission: $22,842

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10th Place: Trey Cameron
Agency: Cameron Craig Group
Placements: Four (4)
Commission: $22,717

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If YOU want to make more money through Top Echelon’s recruiter network, then contact Director of Network Operations, Drea Codispoti, CPC/CERS.

You can reach Drea by calling 330.455.1433, x156 or by sending an email to drea@topechelon.com.

We started 2021 with a flourish in regards to membership in Top Echelon Network. That’s because a total of 23 agencies became Network members in January.

While that was quite a standard to meet, we almost did it again in February!

That’s right, 22 recruiting agencies joined the Network last month, and we are both proud and pleased to publish their names (and other pertinent information) in this issue of The Pinnacle Newsletter Blog.

As you might already know, we run the names of recruiting agencies applying for membership in the Network Dashboard of the Top Echelon software. We list the names of new Network agencies, as well.

However, we also list our new members in The Pinnacle Newsletter Blog. This list typically includes the:

  • Name of the agency
  • Industries and/or specialties in which the agency operates
  • Names of the recruiters working at the agency
  • Geographic location of the agency

So I’d like to take this moment to congratulate the agencies listed below. I also welcome them to the membership and look forward to helping them make splits in the Network!

If you have any questions about reaching out to new members or about your split recruiting membership in general, please contact me. My contact information is listed at the end of this blog post.

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New Member Agencies — February 2021:

AEGISTECH
Industries:
Information Technology
Recruiters:
Sam Tomarchio
Location: New York, New York

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AINA STAFFING FIRM, LLC
Industries:
Generalist
Recruiters:
Sekina Lawal
Location: Saint Petersburg, Florida

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ALPHA AGENT
Industries:
Manufacturing, Construction, Finance & Insurance, and Sales
Recruiters:
Todd Maners
Location: Charlotte, North Carolina

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BRIAN MCMAHON ASSOCIATES
Industries:
Healthcare, Retail, Wholesale, Hospitality, Supply Chain, and Finance
Recruiters:
Brian McMahon
Location: Salinas, California

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BTP TECH SEARCH, LLC
Industries:
Computer and Software Development
Recruiters:
Bryan Priest
Location: Coral Springs, Florida

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CHARLES REIN ASSOCIATES
Industries:
Computer, Data Processing, Engineering, and Sales
Recruiters:
Charles Rein
Location: Burlington, North Carolina

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CK NATIONAL RECRUITING, LLC
Industries:
Accounting, Finance & Insurance, and Manufacturing
Recruiters:
Michelle Somenek
Location: Saint Charles, Illinois

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EXECUTIVE RECRUITING PARTNERS
Industries:
Construction, Engineering, Food & Beverage, and Accounting & Finance
Recruiters:
Michael Druley
Location: South Bend, Indiana

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FUSION HCR, LLC
Industries:
Computer Systems, Engineering, and Healthcare
Recruiters:
Ross Triplett
Location: Springboro, Ohio

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HEALTH CAREER ASSOCIATES
Industries:
Healthcare & Social Assistance
Recruiters:
Helen Kandaras
Location: Arlington, Massachusetts

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IP LIVING
Industries:
Accounting, Food & Beverage, and Telecommunications
Recruiters:
Ivonne Castro
Location: Plano, Texas

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PERSPECTIVE
Industries:
Information Technology, Financial, and Engineering
Recruiters:
Joe Miglizzi
Location: New Britain, Connecticut

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SIGNATURE SEARCH SOLUTIONS
Industries:
Healthcare & Social Assistance, Scientific, and Professional & Technical Services
Recruiters:
Heidi Katsonis, Emily Lambert, and Jose Cuellar
Location: Placerville, California

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SOLSTICE CONSULTING GROUP
Industries:
Construction, Finance & Insurance, and Manufacturing
Recruiters:
Nick Stugart and Bill Howell
Location: Sugar Land, Texas

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STEINMAN RECRUITING ASSOCIATES
Industries:
Aerospace, Computers, Manufacturing, and Telecommunications
Recruiters: Richard Steinman
Location: Lakewood, Colorado

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SYSTEMS SEARCH
Industries:
Manufacturing, Scientific, and Professional & Technical Services
Recruiters:
Ed Nathan and Sue Carney, CPC
Location: Lincolnshire, Illinois

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TALENT COMPLIANCE
Industries:
Pharmaceutical and Research & Development
Recruiters:
Craig Charyak
Location: Temecula, California

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TECHNICAL STAFFING ESSENTIALS, LLC
Industries:
Biological, Food & Beverage, and Plastics
Recruiters:
John Hall
Location: Grandville, Michigan

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THE TALENT COMPANY, LLC
Industries:
Accounting, Finance & Insurance, and Manufacturing
Recruiters:
Jose Garcia
Location: Las Vegas, Nevada

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THE TALENT SHERPA
Industries:
Hospitality, Consumer Packaged Goods, Insurance, and Technology
Recruiters:
Todd Young
Location: Cincinnati, Ohio

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VIVO HEALTHSTAFF
Industries:
General Medical & Surgical Hospitals, Physicians, and Psychiatric
Recruiters:
Jacob Horn
Location: Dublin, California

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YOUR RECRUITING SOLUTIONS, INC.
Industries:
Accounting, Computers, Finance & Insurance, Advertising, and Scientific
Recruiters: Jeff Kalteux and Marwan Yasin
Location: Woodstock, Georgia

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It doesn’t matter if you’re a newer Network recruiter or an established member. If you want help making split placements with other Top Echelon Network members, then I encourage you to contact me.

You can do so by calling 330.455.1433, x156 or by sending an email to drea@topechelon.com.

Why is Steve Brody of Executive Resource Systems headlining our March anniversaries? For the simple reason that Steve has been with Top Echelon Network since the very beginning!

That’s right, Steve was one of the original Charter Members way back in 1988 when the Network was known as Nationwide Interchange System. This means that not only are we celebrating our 33rd birthday this week, but Steve is celebrating his 33rd year with the Network.

There are also three agencies that are celebrating anniversaries of 20 years or more.

Those agencies are Kersey & Associates (29 years), Lordan Associates (29 years), the Easley Search Group (21 years), and J.D. Cotter Search, Inc. (20 years).

As you can see below, there are 38 agencies overall celebrating a Network anniversary during the month of February. Top Echelon now recognizes any and ALL Network agencies celebrating an anniversary during a given month.

When recognizing Network agencies for their anniversaries, Top Echelon includes the name of the agency; the length of the anniversary; and the location of the agency, including the city and state.

So congratulations to Steve Brody and to all of the agencies celebrating anniversaries in our split fee recruiting network during the month of March!

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33-Year Anniversary

  • Executive Resource Systems in Orange, California

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29-Year Anniversary

  • Kersey & Associates in Brevard, North Carolina
  • Lordan Associates in Clearwater, Florida

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21-Year Anniversary

  • Easley Resource Group, Inc. in Lake Oswego, Oregon

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20-Year Anniversary

  • J.D. Cotter Search, Inc. in Columbus, Ohio

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19-Year Anniversary

  • 7 Solutions, USA in Kingston Springs, Tennessee

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17-Year Anniversary

  • Kenefick & Associates, Inc. in Bath, North Carolina

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16-Year Anniversary

  • Network of Excellence, Inc. in Overland Park, Kansas

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13-Year Anniversary

  • Integritas Search in South Bend, Indiana

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11-Year Anniversary

  • KOB Solutions, Inc. in Pittsburgh, Pennsyvlania

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10-Year Anniversary

  • Lodestar Executive Search, LLC in Granger, Indiana
  • R.L. Wilson & Associates in Tyler, Texas

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9-Year Anniversary

  • Lakeview Staffing Solutions, LLC in Green Bay, Wisconsin

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8-Year Anniversary

  • Hollinger Jobs in Somerset, New Jersey

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7-Year Anniversary

  • Client Staffing Solutions, Inc. in Sioux Falls, South Dakota
  • DriveStaff in Wheaton, Illinois

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6-Year Anniversary

  • ON-3 LLC in Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania
  • Questgroup Consultants, Inc. in Cincinnati, Ohio
  • Tuscany Enterprises in El Dorado Hills, California

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5-Year Anniversary

  • Premier Paths in Nokomis, Florida
  • Universal Search Associates, LLC in Englishtown, New Jersey

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4-Year Anniversary

  • Ambs Chemical Search in New Braunfels, Texas
  • Webster & Webster Associates in Beltsville, Maryland

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3-Year Anniversary

  • CPG Talent Management, LLC in Elmhurst, Illinois
  • James Grayem in Rancho Mission Viejo, California
  • ParkerPower Corporation in Cazenovia, New York

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2-Year Anniversary

  • Apex Global Recruiting in Christina Lake, British Columbia
  • Ayuda Recruiting in Santa Cruz, California
  • Blue Line Talent in Denver, Colorado
  • Client Growth Resources in Newton, Iowa
  • Double M Resources in McFarland, Wisconsin
  • Pam & Co. in Orlando, Florida

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1-Year Anniversary

  • Douglas Nichole in Overland Park, Kansas
  • Hallie’s Medical Staffing in Townsend, Delaware
  • Hatteras Capital Advisors in Hendersonville, North Carolina
  • ProSource IT in Miami Lakes, Florida
  • Top Talen Search, LLC in Gilbert, Arizona
  • Yanna Bee, LLC  in Holland, Pennsylvania