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As seen in this press release, on July 22, 2019 Top Echelon Network, LLC (a.k.a., TEN) was sold in an asset purchase to SageLink Capital for an undisclosed sum. To avoid any interruption in service for Top Echelon’s customers, the assets were immediately transferred into and will operate as Top Echelon Software, LLC (“TES”) and continue doing business as “Top Echelon.”

To ensure that customers continue to receive the highest level of service and support, Top Echelon’s staff will remain intact with Mark Demaree as President and CEO. Both Demaree and Top Echelon’s founder, Mike Kappel, will retain seats on Top Echelon’s board of directors.

Quoting Demaree, “With this partnership, Top Echelon’s Big Biller customers and Network members can expect that we will commit even more resources to providing the very best in recruiting tools and software to help them make more placements and grow their businesses. The whole team is still here with me, working hard as usual. Even our website and phone number are the same.”

Director of Network Operations Drea Codispoti, CPC/CERS says, “This is a tremendous opportunity for both Top Echelon and its Network members. Top Echelon started over 30 years ago as a split placement network, and we’re looking forward to rewarding our loyal Network members with more resources, more tools, and ultimately more split placements. We are not successful unless our customers are, and we view this as a chance to build upon the values and mission statement of Top Echelon.”

Top Echelon’s founder, Mike Kappel, says, “Sagelink brings an extra layer of technical depth and financial strength to the table that ensures that Top Echelon will be able to help recruiters for a long, long time to come. This acquisition is a testament to the quality of Top Echelon’s software, systems, and staff. As a on-going member of the Board of Directors, I will insist that Top Echelon continues to provide tremendous value to its base of loyal recruiting customers!”

Top Echelon’s contract staffing division, Top Echelon Contracting, LLC (a.k.a., TEC) was not included in the sale and will continue to operate as its own separate company like it always has, but will soon begin doing business as (d/b/a) “FoxHire” with a new phone number: 888-534-9417.

For full details, read the official press release.

Up until this issue of The Pinnacle Newsletter Blog, we’ve recognized Top Echelon agencies celebrating five, 10, 15, and 20-year TE Network anniversaries, plus any agency celebrating an anniversary in excess of 20 years.

But now . . . that has changed!

That’s because we’ve expanded the scope of our recognition for TE Network anniversaries. No, we will recognize any and ALL Network agencies celebrating an anniversary during the month. After all, why be selective when recognizing and appreciating customer loyalty?

Any boy, are we off to a hot start! As you can see below, there are 24 Top Echelon Network agencies celebrating anniversaries during the month of July. In addition, four of them are celebrating anniversaries of more than 20 years.

Leading the way are Southeast-Recruiters/Bio-Partners Search Group and Corporate Resources, LLC. Both of these agencies joined Top Echelon’s recruiting network in July of 1992, meaning that this month marks the 27th year in TE for both of them.

So congratulations to those two agencies and to all of the agencies celebrating TE Network anniversaries during the month of July!

(Editor’s note: When recognizing Network agencies for anniversaries, Top Echelon includes the name of the agency, the location of the agencies, its staff members, and the date that it joined Top Echelon Network.)

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27-Year Anniversary

Southeast-Recruiters/Bio-Partners Search Group in Morganton, North Carolina
Staff Members: Bill Lennon, CPC; Todd Porter; Tim Oliver, CPC; and Diane Donahue
Agency Join Date: July 1, 1992

Corporate Resources, LLC in Cincinnati, Ohio
Staff Members: Jack Better, CPC; Dan Winters, CPC; Tom Heeney, CPC; Carol Brinkman; Cindy Andrew Cordell, CPC; and Chris Ramsay
Agency Join Date: July 17, 1992

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26-Year Anniversary

Newman-Johnson-King, Inc. in Aransas Pass, Texas
Staff Members: Jack King
Agency Join Date: July 2, 1993

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25-Year Anniversary

Affinity Executive Search, Inc. (aka Job Juncture) in Hollywood, Florida
Staff Members: Steve Kohn
Agency Join Date: July 28, 1994

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16-Year Anniversary in Eden Prairie, Minnesota
Staff Members: Alan Carty, Megan Carty, Michelle Johnson, Kristy Fitch, Lisa Reitz, Kristy Fangman, Chris Freemark, Dyann Ivey, and Lance Ruebke
Agency Join Date: July 23, 2003

Gallin Associates in New Port Richey, Florida
Staff Members: Larry Gallin, Rick Gallin, and Lawrence Costello
Agency Join Date: July 29, 2003

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15-Year Anniversary

Stewart Cooper & Coon in Phoenix, Arizona
Staff Members: Fred E. Coon, Michael Weishaar, Sharon McCone, Michelle Settle, and Kristine Barney
Agency Join Date: July 27, 2004

International Staffing Consultants, Inc. in Laguna Beach, California
Staff Members: James R. Gettys
Agency Join Date: July 30, 2004

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13-Year Anniversary

Progressive Executive, Inc. in Concord, Ohio
Staff Members: Russell Schutt and James Clubb
Agency Join Date: July 11, 2006

True North Consultants, Inc. in North Olmsted, Ohio
Staff Members: David M. Sgro and David J. Sgro
Agency Join Date: July 27, 2006

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12-Year Anniversary

Career Development Partners in Tulsa, Oklahoma
Staff Members: Travis Jones, Mike Duke, Christina Federline, Greta Guimond, Solomon Ashok, Shajitha Esther, Steve Ludlam, Johnny Furlong, John Long, and Jackie Smith
Agency Join Date: July 25, 2007

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5-Year Anniversary

Veterans Employment in Forsyth, Georgia
Staff Members: Dean Phelps, Lauren Gardner, Charlene Young-Street, Kelly Daw, Zech Harris, and Michael Urcelay
Agency Join Date: July 15, 2004

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4-Year Anniversary

CRG Leadership Institute, LLC in Naples, Florida
Staff Members: Carrie Robinson
Agency Join Date: July 1, 2015

Seneca Creek Executive Search, LLC in Venice, Florida
Staff Members: Michael Brown and Sandra Soto
Agency Join Date: July 14, 2015

Ann Wyatt Recruiting in Woodburn, Kentucky
Staff Members: Ann Wyatt
Agency Join Date: July 17, 2015

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2-Year Anniversary

GoRecruitMe in Buford, Georgia
Staff Members: Shelli Saunders, Darcy Morgan, and Rhonda Allison
Agency Join Date: July 1, 2017

Steinman Recruiting Associates in Denver, Colorado
Staff Members: Richard Steinman
Agency Join Date: July 5, 2017

Velocity Search in Monroe, Georgia
Staff Members: Jeremy Touchstone, Debra Bennett, and Sommer Cox
Agency Join Date: July 6, 2017

Canon Associates in New York, New York
Staff Members: Jim Rohan and Kevin Rohan
Agency Join Date: July 13, 2017

Knightsource, LLC in Rock Hill, South Carolina
Staff Members: Vern Fuller
Agency Join Date: July 26, 2017

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1-Year Anniversary

AB Recruiting & Staffing, LLC in El Paso, Texas
Staff Members: German Armenta and Karen Garcia

Intelli Hiring in Boston, Massachusetts
Staff Members: Slava Heretz, Daniel Hakim, Rory Smith, and Julia Sinnott
Agency Join Date: July 3, 2018

Kutcher Tax Careers, Inc. in Briarcliff Manor, New York
Staff Members: Howie Kutcher
Agency Join Date: July 27, 2018

The Osborn Group, LLC in West Chester, Ohio
Staff Members: Timothy Osborn, Brent Palma, and Austin Williams
Agency Join Date: July 17, 2018

As Director of Network Operations at Top Echelon, I’m pleased to announce that TE Network membership is on FIRE this summer! At the very least, membership is as hot as it’s been in many parts of the country. (In case you were wondering, temperatures were in the mid-90s last week in Canton, Ohio.)

Below are the number of agencies that have joined Top Echelon’s recruiter network during the past four months:

  • March—14
  • April—15
  • May—18
  • June—15

As you can see, another 15 agencies joined Top Echelon Network during the month of June. That puts the four-month total at 62, an average of 15.5 new agencies per month.

We run the names of recruiting agencies applying for membership in the Members’ Area of the Top Echelon website. We list the names of new members in the Members’ Area, as well.

However, we also list our new members in The Pinnacle Newsletter Blog. This list typically includes the name of the agency, the date that it joined, the geographic location of the agency, the agency’s specialties, and the members of the agency. These agencies work in a variety of industries and niches.

So I’d like to take this moment to congratulate the agencies and the recruiters listed below. I also welcome them to the TE Network membership and look forward to helping them make split placements!

If you have any questions about reaching out to new members or about your split recruiting membership in general, please contact me. My contact information is at the end of this blog post.

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Date joined: June 4
Location: West Mifflin, Pennsylvania
Industries: General
Agency members: Kim Poling

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Date joined: June 10
Location: Lenexa, Kansas
Industries: Glass
Agency members: Cynthia Simpson and Joni Simpson

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Date joined: June 12
Location: Apopka, Florida
Industries: General
Agency members: Janene Lathia

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Date joined: June 13
Location: Evergreen, Colorado
Industries: General
Agency members: Chad Hollingshead and Cameron Hollingshead

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Date joined: June 13
Location: Sarasota, Florida
Industries: HVAC and Refrigeration
Agency members: Gary Richards

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Date joined: June 19
Location: Gastonia, North Carolina
Industries: General
Agency members: Leslie Savage

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Date joined: June 19
Location: Indianapolis, Indiana
Industries: General
Agency members: Morgan Saunders, Kyle Brewster, Jennell Carr, Erin Hall, Ebony Marshall, Paige Carder, Lamont Stokes, and Doug Rowe

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Date joined: June 20
Location: Baytown, Texas
Industries: Healthcare and Engineering
Agency members: Vickie Richard

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Date joined: June 21
Location: Milton, Ontario
Industries: General
Agency members: Andrew Hilson

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Date joined: June 26
Location: Defiance, Missouri
Industries: Pharmaceutical
Agency members: Paul Heslin

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Date joined: June 26
Location: Las Vegas, Nevada
Industries: IT positions and related management
Agency members: Mai Wortman and Jack Wortman

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Date joined: June 26
Location: Round Rock, Texas
Industries: Healthcare
Agency members: Bob Eskridge, Zen Van Loan, Lisa Holmes, Ebonie Everett, Dennell Henefield, Rita Ketterman, Judith Bakley, and Brian Hawks

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Date joined: June 26
Location: Westmont, Illinois
Industries: IT, Banking, and Healthcare
Agency members: Sunil Goel

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Date joined: Jne 26
Location: Centerpoint, Indiana
Industries: General
Agency members: Ericka Layne

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Date joined: June 28
Location: Madison, Wisconsin
Industries: Sales, Marketing, Operations, Plant Production Management, Product Development, Food Science, Quality Assurance, Food Safety, Human Resources, Engineering, Supply Chain Purchasing, Finance & Accounting, Banking, and Restaurant Management
Agency members: Jim McNett, Kristine Looker, and Brittany Tristano

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It doesn’t matter if you’re a newer Network recruiter or an established member. If you want help making split placements with other Top Echelon members, then I encourage you to contact me.

You can do so by calling 330.455.1433, x156 or by sending an email to