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Drea Codispoti, CPC/CERSWe’ve been running our Virtual Core Group (VCG) conference call meetings for quite some time now, and they’ve been quite successful.

As a result of these meetings, recruiters have exchanged job orders and candidates, they’ve formed Trading Partners relationships, and most importantly, they’ve made split placements together.

This week in The Pinnacle, I’d like to make an announcement regarding the VCG meetings that I believe will help to foster even more participation and activity within these groups.

That announcement is as follows:

Meeting minutes will no longer be distributed to Preferred Member recruiters who do not attend the Virtual Core Group meeting.

In the past, if you didn’t attend the meeting, I still forwarded the meeting minutes to you.  I will no longer be doing that.  That’s because I believe very much in the benefit of attending these meetings and networking with other recruiters.

Yes, you’re busy.  So is everybody who attends the meetings.  Active Participation is one of the Four Pillars of Top Echelon Network for a reason: active participation is a precursor to production, which is a precursor to split placements.

We want you to make more placements.  We want you to be more productive.  We want you to actively participate in Virtual Core Group meetings.

If you have any questions about this new policy, I encourage you to contact me.

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Matt DeutschLast week, I presented the list of Preferred Member recruiters in Top Echelon Network who have made 100 placements or more.

This week, I’m presenting the list of Preferred Member recruiters who are “Million Dollar Producers” in Top Echelon Network.

Actually, you should pronounce it as follows: “Meeel-lion Dollar Producers,” much like Dr. Evil would do. You know, Dr. Evil . . . from the Austin Powers movies.  And why should you pronounce it that way?  Because it’s more fun, that’s why.

Besides, how many HR managers and gatekeepers would fit the “Dr. Evil” monikor?  The connection is there.  You just have to look closely.

Below is the list of the 11 recruiters who comprise “The Top Echelon Network Meeel-lion Dollar Producers Club.”  Some are no longer in the Network.  The names of those recruiters are in italics.

1. Bruce Ramstad of Bruce L. Ramstad

2. Jim Fitzpatrick of Fitzpatrick & Associates

3. Sean Napoles of Career Brokers, Inc.

4. Jim Bostic of The Bostic Group, Inc.

5. Dan Simmons of Continental Search & Outplacement, Inc.

6. Gary Silver of The Shay Group

7. Kate Bell of Bell & Associates

8. Chuck Szajkovics of First Search and Bulldog Recruiters, Inc.

9. Mike Zarnek of First Search

10. Al Katz of First Search

11. Dan Regan of Maxwell Marcus Corporate Recruiters

12. Elvin Erickson of Erickson & Associates, Inc.

13. Lou Michaels of Lou Michaels Associates, Inc.

As you can see, I’ve omitted the actual dollar amounts for the recruiters above.  However, you can access those amounts (for active Preferred Members) by logging into the Top Echelon Network software and viewing their respective Recruiter Profiles.

I should note that the top recruiter on the list, Bruce Ramstad, is actually close to $2 million in cash-in during his tenure as a Preferred Member.  I should also note that a handful of recruiters are closing in on the $1 million mark, including Trey Cameron of the Cameron Craig Group.

In fact, if Trey keeps making placements at the rate he’s been making them over the past 18 months, he could reach the $1 meeel-lion plateau even sooner than we think.

Congratulations to everybody!


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You know the old saying: “There’s no ‘I’ in ‘TEAM’!”

Well, we’re going to add to it: “There’s no ‘I’ in ‘TEAM’! . . . but there’s a ‘TE’ in ‘TEAM’!”

Lame?  Perhaps, but it’s for a good cause.  That good cause is the fact that “lame” teamwork in Top Echelon Network results in not-so-lame split placements and even not-so-lamer extra revenue for Preferred Member recruiters.

'Comments' and ComplimentsLike, for instance, the recruiters highlighted in this week’s issue of “‘Comments’ and Compliments.”  Not just one recruiter at a firm, either, but multiple recruiters, all working together to help the two firms make a split together.  And in this case, not just one split placement, but split after split after split . . .

In fact, the firms in question—MJ Recruiters, LLC and the Cameron Craig Group—have made a total of eight split placements in the past 12 months.

You can call that type of production anything you want.  Impressive . . . stellar . . . intriguing.  Just don’t call it lame.

If you’d like to thank another recruiter for their efforts in a split placement situation, send your information to  Your comments might be included in an upcoming issue of The Pinnacle Newsletter Blog!

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Maria HemmingerGene McQueen“This is the Trey, Gene, Maria, and Joanna Team . . . what a process.  They find them, we place them!”

Submitted by Maria Hemminger of MJ Recruites, LLC regarding her split placement with Gene McQueen of the Cameron Craig Group

Fee Percentage—25%

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

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Jeffrey LinckSean Napoles, CPC“Sean, you’ve given me some great candidates for the Cary, N.C. area.  Thanks!”

Submitted by Jeffrey Linck of Enterprise Search Associates, LLC regarding his split placement with Sean Napoles, CPC of Career Brokers, Inc.

Fee Percentage—20%

(Editor’s note: this is the third split placement that Linck and Napoles have made together in Top Echelon Network.)

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