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Newer members have been making big fees with regularity in Top Echelon’s recruiting network. And we have another such fee this week.

The fee in question is the result of a placement between John Ricciardi of the Afton Consulting Group and Brad McMillan of RPM Search. And at $50K, it’s the Largest Split Fee of the Month for June!

Let’s take a look at these two members, shall we?

  • John Ricciardi joined the Network in November of 2017. Since that time, he’s made five split placements in Top Echelon.
  • Brad McMillan joined the Network in April of 2018. Since that time, he’s made two split placements. Both of his splits have been with John Ricciardi. The fee associated with their first split, made a year ago, was $52,500!

So the bottom line is that you don’t have to be a tenured Network member to make placements with large fees. You just have to be willing to make splits. As the saying goes, “Half a loaf is better than none.”

And $50,000 is certainly one big, honking loaf.

If YOU want to make more money through Top Echelon Network, then contact Director of Network Operations, Drea Codispoti, CPC/CERS. You can reach Drea by calling 330.455.1433, x156 or by sending an email to

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Largest Split Fee — June 2019

John Ricciardi of the Afton Consulting Group

John Ricciardi

Brad McMillan of RPM Search

Brad McMillan

John Ricciardi of the Afton Consulting Group and Brad McMillan of RPM Search

The position for this split placement was a Group Leader, Bioanalytical. John was the job order recruiter and Brad was the candidate recruiter.

The action that stimulated this split placement was listed as “Offline communication with a member.”

The fee for this split placement was $50,000.

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Top Echelon determines the monthly and quarterly winners of its Network split fee recruiting awards in four distinct categories:

1.) Recruiter of the Month
2.) Largest Split Fee of the Month
3.) Recruiter of the Quarter
4.) Largest Split Fee of the Quarter

We only announce the winners of these awards in The Pinnacle Newsletter Blog. We do so usually (but not always) in the issue following the conclusion of each month and/or quarter.

When you think about it, everything is a habit. This includes success. When you do the things you need to do to be successful—and you do them on a consistent basis—you’ve made success a habit.

The same holds true with your membership in Top Echelon’s recruiting network. There are certain things you can do to increase your chances of enjoying more success within the Network.

First, some good news. As you’re well aware, we’re already in the third quarter of the year. And with that comes some good news: placements in Top Echelon Network through the first six months of 2019 are up over the first six months of 2018. (Please note that we’ll have more specific information regarding quarterly statistics in next week’s issue of The Pinnacle.)

Not only are Network placements up through the first six months of this year, but Network placements have risen on a year-over-year basis for the past four years and in five of the past six. That’s a very positive trend. It means that more Top Echelon members are leveraging the tremendous resources of the Network to fill more job orders and make more placements. That is certainly a trend that we want to see continue.

With that in mind, there’s one thing that I’d like to address in this issue of The Pinnacle Newsletter Blog. That one thing is this: you should absolutely share ALL of your job orders with the Network.

Okay, I know for some of you, that might not be your first instinct, and I understand that. Split placements don’t constitute a large part of your business model, but they don’t have to. You can still reap the benefits of sharing all of your job orders.

Share the wealth . . . literally

Below are four main reasons to share ALL of your jobs with the Network:

#1—Many of the top producers in the Network make it a habit to post all of their job orders.

If they’re doing it and making a lot of money, then you can, too. That much evidence is compelling.

#2—You increase the chances that another recruiter is going to see your job order and help you fill it.

You’re 100% guaranteed to NOT receive Network help filling a position if you don’t share your jobs. This includes using the MEGA Database Search Tool.

#3—The more you share, the more you network, the more you bill.

Everything affects everything else. The simple act of sharing a job order with other Top Echelon recruiters could set off a chain reaction of events. That chain reaction could eventually result in a single placement or multiple placements. But it starts with YOU.

#4—You can still run your business exactly the way you’ve always run it.

In fact, what will probably happen is that you’ll invest just a little more time in split placements. And your return on that investment will increase substantially.

If you’re looking to make this year one of your best years ever, then make sharing your agency’s job orders with Top Echelon’s split network a priority. In fact, just try it for the rest of this year and see what happens to your overall production.

If you’re not satisfied, you can always go back to what you were doing before. What do you have to lose?

It’s not often that we’re able to combine the Recruiter of the Week AND the Recruiter of the Month into one Pinnacle blog post. But we’re doing it this week!

That’s because Trey Cameron of the Cameron Craig Group is the Recruiter of the Month. (Of course he is.) As of the writing of this sentence, Trey stands at 920 Network placements with a career cash-in total of over $7 million.

Our Recruiter of the Week, meanwhile, is Tom Daly of Ridgeback Management Services, LLC. Tom’s agency joined Top Echelon’s recruiting network in November of 2016. This year has been a big one for Tom in Top Echelon. He’s made nine split placements so far, and we’re only a little more than halfway through the year.

Because of Tom’s recent production, he’s the Recruiter of the Week in Top Echelon Network!

However, there are other Network members that we’d like to recognize. They’re listed below, along with Trey. They’re the top five recruiters in Top Echelon for the month of June. So congratulations to Trey, Tom, and everybody who made placements last month!

If YOU want to make more money through Top Echelon’s split fee recruiting network, then contact Director of Network Operations, Drea Codispoti, CPC/CERS. You can reach Drea by calling 330.455.1433, x156 or by sending an email to

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Recruiters of the Month — June 2019:

1st Place: Trey Cameron
Agency: Cameron Craig Group
Placements: Thirteen (13)
Commission: $98,704

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2nd Place: Nancy Hastings
Agency: The Hastings Group
Placements: Four (4)
Commission: $30,080

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3rd Place: Hank Winters
Agency: HPS Talent, Inc.
Placements: Four (4)
Commission: $5,377

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4th Place: Melissa Truax
Agency: Premier Health Careers, Inc./Premier Paths
Placements: Four (4)
Commission: $5,377

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5th Place: Tom Daly
Agency: Ridgeback Management Services, LLC
Placements: Three (3)
Commission: $25,215

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Top Echelon determines the monthly and quarterly winners of its split recruiting awards based upon two criteria, 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

This explains why, when multiple recruiters are tied with the same number of TE placements during a given month or quarter, the recruiter with the largest “cash-in” total is ultimately deemed the winner.