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We have a new “Recruiter of the Month”!

Top-Producing RecruitersThat new recruiter is Juli Smith of The Smith Consulting Group, LLC.  Juli has been extremely productive in the Network since becoming a Preferred Member recruiter in 2006.  Since that time, she’s made 32 split placements.

In addition, Smith is a big proponent of Top Echelon Network conferences and conventions, and many of her splits have been the result of her attendance at these events.  We’d like to congratulate Julie, as well as the other recruiters mentioned in this month’s awards announcement!

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Juli SmithRecruiter of the Month
Juli Smith of The Smith Consulting Group, LLC

Juli was the only Preferred Member recruiter in the Network to make three split placements during the month of June.

Three recruiters made two split placements apiece. They were Daniel L. Williams of The Williams Company; Karen Akbal-Sturgeon of KLA Industries; Peter Oettinger of Front Line Solutions, LLC; and Maria Hemminger of MJ Recruiters, LLC.


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Veronica SnyderHighest Split Placement Fee of the Month
Veronica Snyder of Career Professionals, Inc. and Joe Pelayo of Joseph Michaels International

The position for this placement was a Plant Manager. Veronia was the job order recruiter, and Joe was the candidate recruiter. The action that stimulated this placement was listed as “The job order or candidate was found by searching the Member’s Area.”


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Our criteria for these awards:

Top Echelon Network is a split fee recruiting network. As such, we place an emphasis on split placements, and that emphasis constitutes a large part of our criteria for these awards. We determine the monthly and quarterly award winners based upon two things, which are listed below in order of importance:

1.) The number of split placements made
2.) The amount of cash-in dollars earned as a result of those split placements

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Members of the Fort Wayne Regional Core Group get together for a photo following their most recent meeting.  Pictured, left to right—Pat McCombs of KB Search Team, LLC; Brenda Wylie-Biggs, CPC of KB Search Team, LLC; Jeff Peters of Peters Search Group, LLC; Rhonda Dove of KB Search Team, LLC; Susie Carr of KB Search Team, LLC; Kathy Bruns of KB Search Team, LLC; John Hope of Tri-Force; and Tom Havey, CPC of Corporate Management Solutions, Inc.

If you have a Regional Core Group meeting upcoming, or you plan to meet with another Preferred Member recruiter, be sure to send us a photo!  You can send your photo to

There aren’t many recruiters in the Network who have been enjoying as much success together recently as the ones highlighted in this week’s installment of “‘Comments and Compliments.'”

Those recruiters are Steve Kane of Bio-Partners Search Group, LLC and Stephanie McGinty of Ives & Associates, Inc.

'Comments' and ComplimentsKane and Ives made yet another split placement together recently, their second of 2012.  Their first placement this year was an Associate Director of Market Research, while their most recent split was for an Associate Director of Global Market Research.

So far, Kane and Ives have made five split placements together in the Network.  The really good news: the average fee for those five splits is well over $30,000.  It might be accurate to say that these two recruiters are “on fire” . . . though not literally.

That’s not all we have this week, either!  That’s because David Kersey of Kersey & Associates, Inc. made his 101st placement as a Preferred Member recruiter in Top Echelon Network.  Congratulations to Dave, Steve, Stephanie, and everybody else who made placements this week

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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Steve KaneStephanie McGinty“Stephanie and I work very well together, using our established networks to locate top-tier talent for some of these challenging client requirements.  We keep each other informed as to the candidate progress, as well as trying to honor our respective work functions so as to not waste one another’s time.  It’s working, and we’ve had great success!”

Submitted by Steve Kane of Bio-Partners Search Group, LLC regarding his split placement with Stephanie McGinty of Ives & Associates, Inc.

Fee Percentage—25%

(Editor’s note: this is the fifth split placement that Kane and McGinty have made together in Top Echelon Network.)

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David Kersey“Tim is a great core business partner, and you can always count on him for qualified candidates.”

Submitted by David Kersey of Kersey & Associates, Inc. regarding his split placement with Tim Hughes of Hughes & Associates

Fee Percentage—25%

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

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Mark DemareeThe Top Echelon Network offices will be closed on Wednesday, July 4, in observance of the Independence Day holiday. The offices will re-open at 8 a.m. the following day, Thursday, July 5.

I’d like to take this moment to wish everybody a fun and safe holiday.  With temperatures expected to be in the 90s (and even the 100s) all during the week throughout the country, be sure to take the proper precautions while celebrating the holiday.

I’d also like to mention the tremendous sacrifices that have been made by those serving in the military.  Many of you have served this country in one capacity or another during your lives, and I want to thank you for both your service and your commitment.

So be safe, have fun, and stay cool.  We’ll be back in the office with you on Thursday!

Have a great holiday!