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Matt DeutschThere’s no doubt that this is the age of social media—LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter, Youtube, etc.  Social media and social networking is used in all sorts of ways, by all sorts of different people, including recruiters, of course.  And once again, we’re going to use it for one of our conventions.  Last November, it was the regional conference in Columbus, and very soon it will be the 2011 National Convention.

The convention is occurring this week at The Westin Beach Resort in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.  Specifically, the dates of the event are Thursday through Saturday.  Click here to view the preliminary agenda for the convention.

What does it mean that we’re going to use social media for the National Convention?  Well, it means a number of things, both for those Preferred Member recruiters who will be in attendance, as well as those who won’t be (but would like to follow the action, so to speak).  Below are some of the things that will be happening over the course of the next couple of days.

I’ll be blogging about the convention.  However, these blog posts won’t be included in The Pinnacle Newsletter Blog, but in our separate Network Conventions Blog.

We’ll be posting digital photos from the convention on the Top Echelon Network Facebook fan page.  You can access the Network’s fan page by clicking here.

I’ll be tweeting about the convention.  If you have a Twitter account and would like to start following me, click here to do so.

However, social media’s involvement in the National Convention extends beyond us . . . it also includes those recruiters who will be in attendance.  If you’re planning to attend the convention, we whole-heartedly encourage you to use social media to chronicle your experiences at the event.  Tweet about it, post to Facebook about it, do both, do more, whatever you’d like to do.

If you want, take pictures and email them to, and we’ll post them to our Facebook fan page.  Events like our National Convention are ALL about networking—traditional networking first and foremost, of course, but also social networking.  It’s a great way to share information and ideas and also to follow what’s happening at an event like the National Convention, even if you’re not actually in attendance.

So stay turned later this week, and follow the 2011 National Convention through social media . . . and make plans to join us for the Fall Conference in Chicago later this year.

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As we’ve already mentioned on numerous occasions, our “Comments and Compliments” feature has proven to be quite popular with Preferred Members of the Network.  Trading Partners enjoy complimenting one another and thanking them for the success that they experience making split fee recruiting network placements together.  Every once in a while, a recruiter makes a special request to highlight their Trading Partner in an even more elaborate fashion.

That’s the case with Kim Kirby of Balanced Career Solutions, Inc., who wanted to laud Debbi Reiger of Reiger Technical Search for her help with a recent split placement.  Kim’s comments are below, followed by Debbi’s.

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Kim Kirby“After nearly two years with the Network and regular communication with my Core Group, I had two offers accepted and one candidate placed through the Network in the month of April.  All three splits were with Debbi Reiger.  She has been so great to work with and truly a ‘partner’ during the recruiting and placement process.  Each placement had its own set of complications, but in the end, we combined our experience and came to a win-win situation for everyone.  Thanks Debbi!”

Submitted by Kim Kirby of Balanced Career Solutions, Inc. regarding her split placement with Debbie Reiger of Reiger Technical Search

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Debbie Reiger“Kim has been an exceptional Trading Partner for me.  She’s professional and fun to work with, and we talk on a regular basis.  She also works the Columbus market, but has completely different clients than me, so it’s been a great split situation for us both.  We’ve had some tough closes, but have worked through them together and closed the deals.  I’m looking forward to many more to come, Kim!”

Submitted by Debbi Reiger of Reiger Technical Search regarding her split placement with Kim Kirby of Balanced Career Solutions, Inc.

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Send Us Your Special ‘Compliments’

If you’d like to highlight a Trading Partner in a special or unique way, email your comments and information to

'Comments' and ComplimentsSometimes, deals just won’t die (see below), and the same could be said for this feature in The Pinnacle Newsletter Blog.  Preferred Member recruiters love “‘Comments’ and Compliments,” so much so that they send in new comments every week.  So . . . this week’s batch is below.

And if you haven’t been a part of this regular feature yet, we want you to join us!  If you have comments for a Trading Partner regarding a split placement, please email those comments to

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Juli SmithPete Oettinger“Pete and I placed a candidate for this job that turned into a fall-off because of a background check issue.  Pete went to work at finding a replacement and did it in a few weeks.  Thanks for your hard work and effort, Pete!”

Submitted by Juli Smith of The Smith Consulting Group, LLC regarding her split placement with Pete Oettinger of Front Line Soltuions, LLC

Position Title—NextGen Consultant
Fee Percentage—20%

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Craig Townley“This was the deal that wouldn’t die.  Sometimes, we just get lucky.”

Submitted by Jim Fitzpatrick of Fitzpatrick & Associates regarding his split placement with Craig Townley of Townley Resource Group

Position Title—Signal Integrity Engineer
Fee Percentage—25%

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Charles SzajkovicsJoan Walters“This placement has taken months to complete, but Chuck hung in there with me all the way.  Chuck is a GREAT Trading Partner!”

Submitted by Joan R. Walters of JR Walters Resources regarding her split placement with Charles Szajkovics of Bulldog Recruiters, Inc.

Position Title—Airport Noise Remediation Project Leader
Fee Percentage—25%

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Remember, if you have comments for a Trading Partner regarding a split placement, please email those comments to