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Top Echelon member agency C.H. Thomas Search, LLC is celebrating its second anniversary in the Network this month. And the agency is celebrating in a BIG way.

It’s doing so by being part of the Largest Split Fee of the Month in Top Echelon’s recruiting network for the month of July.

Tom Christensen is the owner and president of C.H. Thomas Search, which joined the Network on August 15, 2017. As you can see below, Tom was part of the Largest Split Fee of the Month with split recruiting partner Greg Downs, CPC of Downs Associates. Their split resulted in a fee of $41,250.

No stranger to large recruiting fees, Tom has now made three split placements in Top Echelon Network. The fees associated with his other two Network placements were $31,250 and $37,500.

In two years, Tom has paid $3,120 in membership dues to Top Echelon. His Network cash-in total during that same time frame is $51,700. So in two years, Tom is receiving a tremendous return on his investment in Network membership.

So congratulations to Tom and C.H. Thomas Search for their milestones and achievements this month. And congratulations to both Tom and Greg for earning the Largest Split Fee of the Month in July!

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 — July 2019

Greg Downs, CPC of Downs Associates

Greg Downs, CPC

Tom Christensen of C.H. Thomas Search, LLC and Greg Downs of Downs Associates

The position for this split placement was a Vice President of Operations (Meat Processing). Tom was the job order recruiter and Greg was the candidate recruiter.

The action that stimulated this split placement was listed as “Network Jobs Feed.”

The fee for this split placement was $41,250.

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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.

Last week, I announced that there will soon be an update to the Top Echelon Network software. Specifically, there’s going to be an update to the MEGA Database sourcing tool.

The result of that update will be Network Candidates, a fresh approach to the MEGA Database from the legacy version of the split placement software.

Once again, please note that this is NOT just a different version of the MEGA. It is better and provides you, the user, with more decision-making data. What, exactly, will it have?

  • For starters, you’ll search in one place for your candidates within the Network software. Specifically, you’ll click the “NETWORK” tab in the search results to see what’s available in terms of the over four millions candidates to which you have access.
  • Multiple state location searching
  • Filters: Most Common Locations, Education Levels, Resume Add Date, and the top five recruiters representing data in the list
  • More information to make a determination regarding which candidates to request:
    • Current Position Title
    • Location
    • Parsed skills from the resume
    • Display of past work history position titles and the number of years/months in those positions
    • Summary on the candidate

When will all of this be available in the new Network Candidates tool? Our goal is to release this tool within the next month. But as I promised last week, below is a short video that provides more information about this update:

Now that I’ve come through on that promise, I have another important announcement to make . . .

Beta testers wanted!

I’d like to take this opportunity to invite you, the members of Top Echelon’s recruiter network, to be beta testers for the upcoming changes to the Network software. This includes changes to:

  • Candidates (as addressed above)
  • Jobs
  • Recruiter Profiles

We are going to cover all of these areas in the near future, and we want your feedback. Simply send an email to with the words “Beta Tester” in the subject line. Remember, of course, that we can’t put every single Network member on beta testing, so there are limitations. That’s why if you really want to be a beta tester, I suggest that you act today and send an email!

We’re optimistic about the future of Top Echelon Network, especially the software updates and upgrades that are on the horizon. And we want YOU to be part of the process.

Because there is only so much time and space in the world in which we live, we’re once again combining the Recruiter of the Month and Recruiter of the Week into one blog post.

Who’s the Recruiter of the Month? You know the answer to that question is Trey Cameron of the Cameron Craig Group.

Who’s the Recruiter of the Week? You NOW know the answer to that question is Darrin Skinner of Howe & Associates.

Darrin is a veteran of Top Echelon’s recruiter network. He started recruiting in 1995 and joined the Network in 2004, meaning that he celebrated his 15th anniversary in the Network earlier this year. Darrin has been very productive as a member, as evidenced by the following:

  • 47 Network placements
  • $519,862 cash-in

However, Darrin went through a drought recently, not making a placement in Top Echelon Network last year. He’s bounced back in a big way, though, making eight split placements through the first five months of this year.

According to Darrin, there have been multiple reasons for his success in the Network in 2019.

Darrin Skinner of Howe & Associates

Darrin Skinner

“I think the biggest factor for success this year is I’ve had a project with one client where they are doing a national expansion, and I have gotten a good response on those positions on TE over the past six months,” he said. “That project hasn’t been all of the placements, but it has certainly helped.

“I’ve also spent a little less time at my recruiting desk this year, compared to the last couple of years. So I’ve leaned on TE more to fill some searches where I might have spent more time on them individually in previous years.”

As you can see on the list below, Darrin was also the #5 recruiter in the Network for the month of July. So congratulations to Darrin, Trey, and everybody else who made placements in Top Echelon Network during the month!

If YOU want to make more money through Top Echelon’s split fee recruiting network, 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 — July 2019:

1st Place: Trey Cameron
Agency: Cameron Craig Group
Placements: Thirteen (13)
Commission: $110,832

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2nd Place: Shree Kumar
Agency: Max Populi, LLC
Placements: Six (6)
Commission: $24,440

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3rd Place: Steve Kohn
Agency: Affinity Executive Search, Inc. (aka Job Juncture)
Placements: Five (5)
Commission: $41,366

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4th Place: Terry Rhodes
Agency: NewCareers
Placements: Four (4)
Commission: $43,592

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5th Place: Darrin Skinner
Agency: Howe & Associates
Placements: Three (3)
Commission: $32,312

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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.

There are plenty of reasons for optimism and excitement in Top Echelon Network. Here is one such reason. Another such reason is the fact that 18 recruiting agencies joined the Network during the month of July!

And this is after Top Echelon Network averaged 15.5 new agencies during the preceding four months. Last month, I stated that Network membership is on FIRE this summer. Well, after the latest new member numbers, it looks as though that fire is continuing to rage.

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 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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New Member Agencies — July 2019:

Date joined: July 1
Location: Coto De Caza, California
Industries: Works in multiple industries, including Sales & Marketing
Agency members: Ann Frey

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Date joined: July 1
Location: San Diego, California
Industries: Information Technology and Engineering
Agency members: N/A

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Date joined: July 1
Location: Buford, Georgia
Industries: Engineering, Property Management, and Financial Services
Agency members: Cedric Hendricks

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Date joined: July 8
Location: Gwynedd Valley, Pennsylvania
Industries: Human Resources executives across industries; direct experience in the Higher Education, Healthcare, Life Sciences, Hospitality, Food & Beverage, Financial Services, and Insurance industries
Agency members: Brian Moorhouse

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Date joined: July 8
Location: Hillsborough, New Jersey
Industries: Human Resources
Agency members: Robin Shaw

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Date joined: July 9
Location: Cincinnati, Ohio
Industries: Legal, Accounting & Finance, and C-Suite executives
Agency members: Mark Miller

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Date joined: July 9
Location: Boston, Massachusetts
Industries: General
Agency members: Matt Casey

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Date joined: July 10
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Industries: General
Agency members: Lisa Quinzi

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Date joined: July 15
Location: Boone, North Carolina
Industries: Software Development
Agency members: Dave Freireich and Connor Treyball

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Date joined: July 18
Location: Kingwood, Texas
Industries: Management Consulting and C-level Private Equity
Agency members: N/A

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Date joined: July 23
Location: Miami, Florida
Industries: General
Agency members: Tony Truong

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Date joined: July 23
Location: Charlotte, NC
Industries: Utilities & Infrastructure Energy, ROW, Transmission, Leaders, and Engineers
Agency members: Matt Sadinsky

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Date joined: July 24
Location: Chicago, Illinois
Industries: Operations, Financial Services & Financial Engineering, and Management Consulting positions in the specific fields of Healthcare, Information Technology, Engineering, and Supply Chain
Agency members: April Platis

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Date joined: July 24
Location: Dallas, Texas
Industries: General
Agency members: Michael Kirchner

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Date joined: July 24
Location: Spokane, Washington
Industries: General
Agency members: Robert Inabnet and David Kielian

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Date joined: July 24
Location: Scarborough, Ontario
Industries: Information Technology
Agency members: Ruth Tan

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Date joined: July 29
Location: Chandler, Arizona
Industries: Healthcare
Agency members: N/A

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Date joined: July 30
Location: Blandon, Pennsylvania
Industries: Healthcare
Agency members: Kelly Kline

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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

Welcome to another installment of Top Echelon Network anniversaries for our member recruiting agencies!

This months, there are a total of 30 agencies celebrating anniversaries. Not only that, but there are two agencies celebrating 26 years in Top Echelon’s recruiting network:

  • EXEK Recruiters, Ltd. in Rochester, New York
  • MEIRxRS/Med Exec Intl in Glendale, California

But wait, there’s more! Career Search Association in West Des Moines, Iowa is celebrating its 21st anniversary in TE Network. So that makes three agencies with anniversaries of 20 years or more during the month of August.

If there’s one thing that we appreciate and value, it’s the loyalty and dedication of our Network members. They are the “heart and soul” of Top Echelon. That’s been the case since 1988 and will be the case far into the future.

So congratulations to these three member agencies and to all of the agencies celebrating TE Network anniversaries during the month of August!

(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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26-Year Anniversary

EXEK Recruiters, Ltd. in Rochester, New York
Staff Members: Lawrence T. Ploscowe
Agency Join Date: August 19, 1993

MEIRxRS/Med Exec Intl in Glendale, California
Staff Members: Rosemarie Christopher, Lewie Casey, and Trish Nunez
Agency Join Date: August 23, 1993

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21-Year Anniversary

Career Search Associates in West Des Moines, Iowa
Staff Members: Cheryl Lang, CPC; Tammy Cline, CPC; Pat Calvert; Lisa Pringle; Sandee Cook; and Deb Strable
Agency Join Date: August 20, 1998

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19-Year Anniversary

Telequest Communications, Inc. in Mahwah, New Jersey
Staff Members: Tom Bartchak and Ellen Dansky
Agency Join Date: August 16, 2000

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18-Year Anniversary

KnowHireMatch, LLC in San Diego, California
Staff Members: Hani Mussa
Agency Join Date: August 13, 2001

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17-Year Anniversary

Welsh & Associates, Inc. in Kalamazoo, Michigan
Staff Members: Sheri Welsh, CPC/CERS; Anne Charette; Julie Diamond; Spencer Welsh; and Jerry Wallace
Agency Join Date: August 5, 2002

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14-Year Anniversary

MJ Recruiters, LLC in Tiffin, Ohio
Staff Members: Maria Hemminger, CSP; Joanna Spaun, CSP; Lisa Reinbolt; Clare Sullivan; and A.J. Hemminger
Agency Join Date: August 4, 2005

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13-Year Anniversary

Bertram & Associates, Inc. in Woodbury, Minnesota
Staff Members: Stephanie Jakubik and Tom Jakubik
Agency Join Date: August 21, 2006

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12-Year Anniversary

Eric V. Stearley, CPC & Associates in Brazil, Indiana
Staff Members: Eric V. Stearley, CPC
Agency Join Date: August 1, 2007

One Source Technical, Inc. in Solon, Ohio
Staff Members: Jim Folger, CPC; Jimmy Folger; Ryan Folger; and Andy Johnson
Agency Join Date: August 1, 2007

Ron Sunshine Associates, LLC in Frisco, Texas
Staff Members: Ron Sunshine and Barbara Sunshine
Agency Join Date: August 29, 2007

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11-Year Anniversary

Reliance Recruiting, LLC in Fort Wayne, Indiana
Staff Members: Ed Keil, Michelle Keil, Justin Liedel, Tim Ulrey, Justin Ortiz, Dan McLellan, and Joe Parrot
Agency Join Date: August 26, 2008

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10-Year Anniversary

The Doepker Group in Perrysburg, Ohio
Staff Members: Jeffrey Doepker and Nathan Graff
Agency Join Date: August 17, 2009

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9-Year Anniversary

Woods & Paolino Recruiting Solutions in St. Augustine, Florida
Staff Members: Cynthia Woods and Catherine Stewart
Agency Join Date: August 24, 2010

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6-Year Anniversary

Management Performance Associates in Kirkland, Washington
Staff Members: Marsha McKim, Susan Silberberg, Scarlett Lineback, and Maggie Munoz
Agency Join Date: August 1, 2013

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5-Year Anniversary

JC2 Technologies in Seabrook, Texas
Staff Members: Jo Clemons, Jani Clemons, Harold Wilmore, Kayla Hutchinson, Faith Clemons, and Kayla Martin
Agency Join Date: August 22, 2014

Premier-Staffing in Arlington, Massachusetts
Staff Members: Brian Dussault
Agency Join Date: August 11, 2014

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4-Year Anniversary

JobXSite in Grand Island, Nebraska
Staff Members: Shari Kearney, Matthew Tubbs, and Michael Leonard
Agency Join Date: August 26, 2015

The Hastings Group in Jacksonville, Florida
Staff Members: Nancy Hastings and Richard Doremus
Agency Join Date: August 5, 2015

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3-Year Anniversary

Integrity Recruiting in Garwood, Idaho
Staff Members: Eric Seeley
Agency Join Date: August 5, 2016 in East Point, Georgia
Staff Members: Gene P. Vineyard, Kerry Pope, Ritner Day, Farid Sheikh, and Sid Stansell
Agency Join Date: August 11, 2016

Mackie Search, LLC in Delphos, Ohio
Staff Members: Pat McGue and Blake Kindle
Agency Join Date: August 12, 2016

IMC Solutions, Inc. in Naperville, Illinois
Staff Members: Linda Nicholls
Agency Join Date: August 29, 2016

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2-Year Anniversary

Sterling St. James, LLC in Liberty, Missouri
Staff Members: Victoria Kennison and Dave Nelson
Agency Join Date: August 1, 2017

C.H. Thomas Search, LLC in Omaha, Nebraska
Staff Members: Tom Christensen
Agency Join Date: August 15, 2017

Ethical Search Professionals, Ltd. in Dixon, Illinois
Staff Members: James Sullivan, Jim Sullivan, Joe Sullivan, and Stevie Clark
Agency Join Date: August 30, 2017

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1-Year Anniversary

Advastar in Leawood, Kansas
Staff Members: David Case, Tim Shearer, and Katie Julian
Agency Join Date: August 27, 2018

e-Health Jobs in Simpsonville, South Carolina
Staff Members: Austin Morioka
Agency Join Date: August 10, 2018

Innovative Search Solutions in Cleveland/Akron, Ohio
Staff Members: Sherry Umpleby
Agency Join Date: August 21, 2018

Medical Search Associates in Manhattan, Kansas
Staff Members: Clay Zapletal and Adam Dolezal
Agency Join Date: August 14, 2018