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Why do we hold events like the recent National Convention in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.?  Because they bring recruiters together to network with one another, to form relationships and friendships, and ultimately, to make split placements.

In this episode of “Top Echelon TV,” Membership Development Coordinator Drea Codispoti and Membership Development Coordinator Matt Deutsch discuss the National convention, specifically the human scavenger hunt that served as the gala event.  Nothing brings recruiters together quite like fun, and that’s exactly what this year’s event did.


Don’t forget—the Top Echelon Network Fall Conference is scheduled for Thursday, October 20, and Friday, October 21, and the location will be Chicago.  We look forward to seeing you there!

Mark DemareeThe Top Echelon Network offices will be closed on Monday, May 30, in observance of the Memorial Day holiday.  The offices will re-open at 8 a.m. the following day, Tuesday, May 31.

We’d like to take a moment to wish you a fun and safe Memorial Day holiday.  This is a great opportunity to get together with family and friends and also to remember those who have served our country or who are currently serving our country, both here and overseas.  We’ll keep everyone in our thoughts and prayers as they travel for parties, picnics, and barbeques.

Have a great holiday weekend!

We at Top Echelon Network are continually emphasizing that Preferred Member recruiters should meet one another on a face-to-face basis.  That’s one of the many reasons we hold a National Convention and Fall Conference every year.  (Because it all leads to split placements!)

But we also like to encourage Preferred Members to meet outside of those events, and as often as possible.  If you have information and/or a photo of your latest face-to-face meeting with another Member, please send that information to

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Bob Gabor of The Gabor Group in Akron, Ohio, and John Snyder of CareersPro, Inc. in Fort Wayne, Ind., met each other face-to-face recently at the Acapulco Grill in Angola, Ind.  Bob emailed the picture below, as well as the accompanying information, to Membership Development Coordinator Drea Codispoti.

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Bob Gabor and John Snyder“Drea, I know Snyder already sent you the picture, but here is the rest of the story.  And the food was well worth the side trip to Angola.  The company, too.

I liked having lunch with Snyds.  It was one of the best (most authentic) Mexican restaurants I’ve been to this side of the border.
Five things I learned at lunch.
1.) His Spanish is excellent . . . shocked the waitress . . . English, not so much.
2.) Snyds does not look Mexican . . . see #1 and the picture (editor’s note: Snyder is on the left).
3.) Focker knows his Mexican food.
4.) I could play center on his basketball team!  (I did ask him to stand up for the picture.)
5.) Shaved heads need sun screen before you go outside.
Thanks again, Snyds.  Who knew Angola, Indiana, had such a pretty lake community just a few miles off the turnpike?”

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Remember, if you have information and/or a photo of your latest face-to-face meeting with another Member, please send that information to  You’ll receive Frequent Placer Program (FPP) points, like Bob and John did.  And you might make more split placements!  (Editor’s Note: Bob has made 45 placements in Top Echelon Network, and John has made 12 Network placements.)

'Comments' and ComplimentsSometimes, recruiters from the same Preferred Member firm submit comments for this regular feature in The Pinnacle Newsletter Blog . . . at the same time.  It doesn’t happen often, but it’s happened this week.

The firm in question is J.D. Cotter Search, Inc., and the two recruiters who submitted the comments are listed below (as well as the details of the split placements they made with other Members of the Network).  That would be why we’re calling this week’s installment of “‘Comments’ and Compliments” the “J.D. Cotter Search Edition”!

We want the rest of you to join the split placement fray.  If you have comments for a Trading Partner regarding a split placement, please email those comments to marketing@TopEchelon.comAct now!

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Doug BoyceFrank Gregg“Thank you for a great candidate, Frank!  Superb job!”

Submitted by Doug Boyce of J.D. Cotter Search, Inc. regarding his split placement with Frank Gregg of Gregg & Associates

Position Title—Training Leader
Fee Percentage—20%

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James ComptonJohn Cokinos“Thank you, Jim!  Superb candidate!  We’ve done several splits.  Let’s keep it going this month!”

Submitted by John Cokinos of J.D. Cotter Search, Inc. regarding his split placement with James Compton of Compton & Associates

Position Title—Data Center Sales Engineer
Fee Percentage—25%

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Kerry BoehnerMarla C. Ray“I really enjoy working with Marla.  She’s a great split partner!”

Submitted by Kerry Boehner of KOB Solutions, Inc.  regarding her split placement with Marla C. Ray of Scientific Resources, Inc.

Position Title—Manager of Pre-clinical Development
Fee Percentage—20%

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Remember, if you have comments for a Trading Partner regarding a split placement, please email those comments to  Oh, and one more thing . . . act now!

'Comments' and Compliments ExtraRecruiters become part of Top Echelon’s recruiter network because they want to make placements they wouldn’t have made if they hadn’t been part of the Network.  Sure, they’re split placements, not full-fee placements, but “half a loaf is better than no loaf at all.”

That’s the driving force behind this installment in our “‘Comments’ and Compliments Extra” feature, which includes a pair of Network recruiters who placed a candidate for which a company had been desperately looking.  Talk about a win-win situation—for the candidate, the recruiters, and the company.  And of course, one of the recruiters made a special request to praise their Trading Partner in a more elaborate fashion . . . as you can see below.

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“We got this search after another recruiter, after several months, was fired for not producing viable candidates.  I called Matt, apprised him of the situation and our desire to to fill this position.  In a few days, Matt provided me with the candidate they subsequently hired.  This was our client’s first engineering placement, and we (the TE Network) delivered where others had failed.  They are very excited.  Thanks Matt.  We will do this again.”

Position Title—Senior Project Engineer
Fee Percentage—30%

Submitted by Jim Hipskind, CPC of Continental Search & Outplacement, Inc. regarding his split placement with Matt Scheihing of J. Miles Personnel Services

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Matt Scheihing“A big thank you to Jim for staying on top of his client and our candidate to put this deal together.  This is our second split placement with Continental Search this year, and we expect many more.  They know how to qualify jobs and candidates and are wonderful at keeping their recruiting partner informed of the process.  Jim is professional, knowledgeable, and most importantly, knows how to close the deal.  We are always looking for a high-quality recruiting partner to work with, and Continental Search fits the bill.”

Position Title—Senior Project Engineer
Fee Percentage—30%

Submitted by Matt Scheihing of J. Miles Personnel Services regarding his split placement with Jim Hipskind, CPC of Continental Search & Outplacement, 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