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Top Echelon Network member agency Affinity Executive Search has done it again! The recruiting agency once again finds itself on not one, but two of Forbes magazine’s annual lists.

Last year, Affinity Executive Search ranked #43 on the “America’s Best Executive Recruiting Firms” list. This year, the agency is ranked #35 on that list.

Last year, Affinity Executive Search ranked #75 on the list of Best Professional Recruiting Firms.” This year, the agency is ranked #52 on that list.

The list of “Best Professional Recruiting Firms” ranks 250 professional search firms, defined as companies that place candidates in roles with less than $100,000 in annual income.

Meanwhile, “America’s Best Executive Recruiting Firms” ranks 250 executive search firms, defined as companies that place candidates in positions with at least $100,000 in annual pay.

Forbes: three years running

Of course, this is not the first time that Affinity Executive Search has made it onto a Forbes list. The agency has been on one or both of these lists for the last three years running. And with good reason.

The performance of Affinity Executive Search in Top Echelon’s recruiting network speaks for itself:

  • 25 years as a member agency in the Network
  • 334 total placements
  • Over $2.8 million cash-in

Steve Kohn is the founder and president of Affinity Executive Search. He is also a perennial top producer and well-respected member of the network. Below is some of what Steve has achieved, both in the profession and also in the Network:

  • A 30-year veteran of the profession, having started in recruiting in 1989
  • 310 total Network placements
  • Over 2.6 million cash-in

We asked Steve to say a few words about once again attaining this special honor, and he was gracious enough to oblige:

“Since the honor is peer driven, I find it very gratifying because it shows that the time I take to listen to, work with, and occasionally advise others is apparently genuinely appreciated. That means a lot to me. When my time comes to leave the industry or to leave this world, I want people to remember me as a good person above all. Since I know there are others who make more placements than I do, and are not on the list, this honor is clearly personal, and for that reason I feel truly honored.”

Below is just a sampling of comments from Steve’s split recruiting partners within the Network.

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Steve Kohn of Affinity Executive Search

Steve Kohn

Todd Porter ofSoutheast-Recruiters / Bio-Partners Search Group

Todd Porter

“Steve Kohn has sent me a lot of candidates over the past few years. Many of these were quality individuals that we got into the recruiting process but this is our first split (of many to come)!”

Submitted by Todd Porter of Southeast-Recruiters / Bio-Partners Search Group regarding his Network split placement with Steve Kohn of Affinity Executive Search


Fee Percentage—20%

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

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Lisa Reitz of

Lisa Reitz

“Thank goodness that Steve sent us this candidate – this was the third time a candidate of mine got on offer for this position. Apparently, third time is a charm.”

Submitted by Lisa Reitz of regarding her Network split placement with Steve Kohn of Affinity Executive Search


Fee Percentage—20%

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

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Last year, there were multiple Top Echelon Network agencies on the Forbes lists. So if your agency is on this year’s lists, then let us know! Send an email to

In the meantime, congratulations to Steve Kohn and Affinity Executive Search on yet another outstanding achievement!

While we typically hold Training Tuesday webinar sessions every month for the Big Biller recruiting software, we’re conducting a webinar at the end of the month for Top Echelon Network.

The title of the webinar is simple enough: “The Future of Top Echelon Network Software.” The webinar is scheduled for 1 p.m., Eastern Time on Tuesday, April 30.

Top Echelon Software Product Manager Todd Bossler will conduct this special training session. Below are some of the topics that Todd will tackle:

  • The present state of the Top Echelon Network software
  • The tools and functionality in the current software
  • What the future of the Network software holds
  • What that future means for Top Echelon Network members

This special webinar will last about 30 minutes. However, there will be a Q&A period following the session. As a result, you can ask Todd any question that you have about the webinar or the software.

We’ll also be sending an email later this week with a registration link to this special webinar. However, you can register right now by clicking on the link below:

Register for this FREE Network webinar!

If you haven’t already, I recommend that you read my recent blog post titled “The Future of Candidates in Top Echelon Network.” In that blog post, I announced that we are eventually going to phase out the Split Candidate Database.

My blog post was based, in part, on a special Training Tuesday webinar that I conducted earlier this year, which is now a video in the Help Center. Once again, if you haven’t already, I encourage you to watch this video before attending Todd’s live session on Tuesday, April 30.

Watch “The Future of Candidates”!

Remember, if you have questions about your Top Echelon Network membership or about how you can enjoy more success in the Network, I encourage you to contact me.

You can do so by calling 330.455.1433, x156 or by sending an email to

There is no doubt that Barb Bruno of Good as Gold Training and Development is one of the top trainers and speakers in the recruiting and staffing industry. And we at Top Echelon are pleased to announce that you can now watch a LinkedIn Learning Course by Barb for FREE this week!

This is an excellent opportunity to take advantage of top-notch training that you can implement on our recruiting desk and within your agency immediately. However, this offer is for a limited time and on a specific day.

Learning Course specifics

So you might be asking yourself, “Self, can I watch this free LinkedIn Learning Course by Barb Bruno?” Well, we have the answer, of course.

  • Follow Barb on LinkedIn, if you haven’t already done so. If you don’t follow Barb, you won’t be able to access the link that allows you sign up for the free Learning Course. Click here to follow Barb on LinkedIn.
  • Watch for the link that will allow you to register for the course in Barb’s feed.
  • The date of the webinar is this Friday, April 26. However, once Barb shares the registration link in her feed, it will only be live for 24 hours. So that means 24 hours after she shares the link, the Learning Course will no longer be free. (That’s why you have to follow her right now!)

Other free training by Barb

Barb Bruno has been the keynote speaker at a number of Top Echelon’s recruiter networking events down through the years. She’s also been part of Top Echelon’s Recruiter Coaching Series of free webinars. In fact, below are the recorded versions of those webinars that you can now watch for FREE:

And of course, Barb recorded an entire series of videos for our “Contract Staffing Fundamentals for the Staffing and Recruiting Professional” series. This is a multi-session, comprehensive series designed to provide the building blocks needed to make contract placements. Click here to watch “Contract Staffing Fundamentals.”

But before you do that, follow Barb so you can access the link to her free LinkedIn Learning Course. The webinar is on Friday, April 26, and the link will only be live for 24 hours!