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Last week, I published a video that previewed the update to the MEGA Database sourcing tool. (If you haven’t watched the video yet, I encourage you to do so by clicking here.)

And yes, for the purposes of current Network members, the name of the MEGA is changing. It will be known as Network Candidates within the software.

This is a fresh approach to the MEGA Database from the legacy version of the split placement software. In other words, the version that is currently in use.

Once again, though, 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.

How to become a beta tester

I also announced last week that we are looking for beta testers of our new Network software. As a beta user, you’ll be asked to test upcoming changes to the Network software. This includes changes to:

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

If you’re interested in being a beta tester, 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!

I want to reiterate that we at Top Echelon are optimistic about the future of our recruiting network. This is especially the case with the many software updates and upgrades that are on the horizon.

And we want YOU to be part of the process. So get on the list to become a beta user!

What about Network Candidates?

You might be asking yourself, “When will Network Candidates be available?” If so, then I have an answer for you!

There’s a good chance that Network Candidates will be live as early as next week. Now, nothing in life is guaranteed, of course, but I am optimistic that will be the case.

In the meantime, if you have any questions about this blog post or your Top Echelon split network membership, please contact me. You can do so at 330.455.1433, x156 or at

It’s one thing for us to tell Top Echelon Network members to attend our recruiter networking events. It’s another thing if top producers in the Network tell other members to attend.

As luck would have it, there’s an upcoming event in the Network. That event is the 2019 Fall Conference in Chicago.

Early Bird Registration for the conference is currently underway. The end of Early Bird is the end of this month. So you should register NOW.

But once again, that’s just us saying that you should register. Pardon us. Instead, allow us to stand aside for some of the top producers in our recruiter network.

The bottom line: more placements!

It doesn’t matter if you’re a newer member or a more tenured member. If you haven’t attend a TE event, then you should. The reason is simple: it can help you make more split placements.

So listen to the words of the five Network members below. And then register for the upcoming Fall Conference. Make more splits and grow your business!

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David M. Sgro, CPC of True North Consultants, Inc.

David M. Sgro, CPC of True North Consultants, Inc.

David M. Sgro, CPC

“Conferences are a great way for me to meet my trading partners, find new trading partners, and see my friends. I’ve made one placement as a direct result of just about every event that I’ve attended.

“That’s one of my main reasons for going. There are many other reasons, too, including networking with your peers and picking up new bits of information about your industry and about recruiting.”

# of Network placements: 113
Cash-in total: $947,474

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Maria Hemminger of MJ Recruiters, LLC

Maria Hemminger of MJ Recruiters, LLC

Maria Hemminger

“There’s a trust factor involved with meeting people face-to-face. You trust people more quickly and you’re more comfortable with them.

“That’s one of the reasons we started our ‘Networking on the FARM’ event back in 2010. That’s also why we’ve attended almost every National Conference and Fall Conference since we joined the Network.”

# of Network placements: 145
Cash-in total: $1,099,205

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Jim Folger, CPC of One Source Technical, Inc.

Jim Folger, CPC of One Source Technical, Inc.

Jim Folger, CPC

“I used Top Echelon Contracting (now FoxHire) before I used the Network. Then, a month after I joined the Network, I attended a [Regional Core Group meeting] in Columbus.

“That’s where I met Maria [Hemminger] and Joanna [Spaun] for the first time. That really made a difference for me. Attending conferences accelerates the whole process when you’re part of the Network.”

# of Network placements: 18
Cash-in total: $163,464

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If you have any questions about the Fall Conference or about your split network membership in general, contact Director of Network Operations Drea Codispoti, CPC/CERS.

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