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We’ve done it: we’ve decided to just go ahead and name the “Recruiter of the Month Award” after Trey Cameron of the Cameron Craig Group.

Top-Producing RecruitersAfter all, Cameron has won the award six times so far this year, including the last three months in a row, and at the rate he’s going, he might sweep the entire second half of 2012.  That would be unprecedented, at least as long as we’ve been handing out these recognition awards.

So, without further adieu, below are the details regarding the “Trey Cameron Recruiter of the Month Award” for the month of September . . . with your host, Trey Cameron!

Cameron isn’t the only recruiter mentioned this month, though, so be sure to read the blog post in its entirety.  There’s plenty of other good stuff, too.  Oh, and if you want us to “un-name” the award, you’ll have to find a way to beat Cameron between now and the end of the year.  Is that a challenge?  Why, yes . . . yes, it is.

As always, we recognize recruiters for both monthly and quarterly performance in four categories—“Recruiter of the Month,” “Recruiter of the Quarter,” “Highest Split Placement Fee of the Month,” and “Highest Split Placement Fee of the Quarter.”

For more information about the placements and cash-in totals associated with these awards, please login to the Members’ Area and view the profiles and placement details of the recruiters involved.

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Trey Cameron
Recruiter of the Month
Trey Cameron of the Cameron Craig Group

Cameron was the only Preferred Member recruiter in the Network to make four split placements during the month of September.

In second place were Gail Williams of Williams Recruiting, Inc. and Richard Connors of Vista Technology.  Both made two split placements, and both had the exact same cash-in total.  That might make you think they made those split placements with each other.  As you can see below, if you thought that, you’d be correct.

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Richard ConnorsGail WilliamsHighest Split Placement Fee of the Month
Richard Connors of Vista Technology and Gail Williams of Williams Recruiting, Inc.

The position for this placement was a Compliance Director.  Connors was the job order recruiter, and Williams was the candidate recruiter.  The action that stimulated this split placement was listed as “Regular phone communication with a Top Echelon Network Preferred Member recruiter in my specialty area.”

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Our criteria for these awards:

Top Echelon Network is a split placement 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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(Editor’s Note: This is the next in a series of guest blog posts about contract staffing, courtesy of Top Echelon Contracting, the recruiter’s back-office solution.  Similar posts will appear in future issues of The Pinnacle Newsletter Blog.)

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There’s no doubt that contract staffing is on the rise, as is usually the case in an economic recovery. But what really makes this surge in contract staffing unique is where the growth is happening.

Much of that growth is happening in the C-Suite.  In the Third Quarter 2012 edition of the Contracting Corner, Joanie Ruge, Senior Vice President and Chief Employment Analyst for Randstad Holding U.S. told Top Echelon Contracting that companies are looking for a more flexible workforce model with contractors at all different levels, extending all the way to the C-Suite.

In a trend known as executive temping, companies are bringing in high-level executives on a contract basis, sometimes for as long as a year or two, Ruge said. This is quite a contrast from the days when “temp staffing” was limited to office, clerical, blue collar positions.

A recent article titled “For Temp Workers, ‘Temp’ Looking More Permanent,” also highlights this trend. Ed Schultz, who has worked on a contract basis as an acting comptroller or CFO for numerous companies over the past decade, told that companies thinned out their C-suites during the recession. While the recovery has created more of a demand for executives to handle mergers and acquisitions, companies are still not hiring full-time.

“My feeling is that it’s a permanent change,” he said. “It’s a sea of change that we’re seeing more activity in that interim C-suite area.”

Executive temping is a win-win for both the company and the executives.  Companies, of course, save on the high cost of executive benefits packages and have the ability to only pay the steep price for an executive when they need one.  Executives enjoy the more flexible schedule and the ability to take on a variety of challenging projects.

It’s also a win for recruiters.  Companies often need help finding these high-level individuals. By finding and placing them as contractors, you can earn a hefty hourly income over the length of their contract, not to mention a nice conversion fee if the company decides they do need full-time help and coverts them to a direct hire.


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With a feature titled “‘Comments’ and Compliments Extra,” you might expect there to be some compliments . . . and that’s especially the case with this week’s installment of the feature.

What we have specifically is a veteran of the Top Echelon recruiters network making a split placement with a recruiter who has only been a Preferred Member for a relatively short amount of time.

'Comments' and Compliments ExtraWhat does this prove?  Quite a few things, actually:

  1. That a newer Preferred Member can make a split placement with a more tenured Member, no matter the disparity in terms of experience (Network or otherwise)
  2. That no matter how long a recruiter has been in the Network, it’s absolutely possible to start making split placements with a newer Preferred Member, so such a possibility should not be discounted
  3. That individual differences don’t matter that much if the recruiters involved in the split placement process adhere to the Four Pillars of Top Echelon Network
  4. You never, ever know who your next split placement in the Network is going to be with . . . so be on your toes!

Enjoy this week’s installment of “‘Comments’ and Compliments Extra,” notice how often the two recruiters involved compliment one another (and what they compliment each other about), and we’re sure that we’ll see you highlighted in this feature soon!

(That’s a compliment.)

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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“Great job by Catherine.  First candidate she sent was right on the money.  They talked to none of the others.  Thanks, Catherine!”

Submitted by Robert Gabor of The Gabor Group regarding his split placement with Catherine Bateman of Woods & Paolino Recruiting Solutions

Fee Percentage—25%

(Editor’s note: this is the first split placement that Gabor and Bateman have made together in Top Echelon Network.)

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“Bob has been great to work with, especially for a beginner like me.  He is straightforward and timely in his communications and above-board about his job orders and clients.  I guess that’s why he has been a successful recruiter for so long.  It will be my pleasure to work with him again.”

Submitted by Catherine Bateman of Woods & Paolino Recruiting Solutions regarding her split placement with Robert Gabor of The Gabor Group

Fee Percentage—25%

(Editor’s note: this is the first split placement that Bateman and Gabor have made together in Top Echelon Network.)


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Matt DeutschThe 2012 Top Echelon Network Fall Conference is upon us!

The 2013 Top Echelon Network National Convention is next April!  Why bring that up?  Because we’ll be celebrating the 25th anniversary of Top Echelon at that convention, that’s why!

Where am I going with this?  Potentially, it could be anywhere, but let me take a moment to narrow the focus just a bit.  Although the split fee recruiting Network won’t officially turn 25 years old until March, we’d like to celebrate our 25th anniversary BEFORE we celebrate our 25th anniversary.

Because the only thing better than celebrating once . . . is celebrating twice!

That being said, one of the ways we’re celebrating (or pre-celebrating, if you prefer) is by taking a “walk down memory lane.”  Specifically, this walk entails posting photos from past Top Echelon Network events on our Facebook fan page.

These recruiter networking events include the National Convention, the Fall Conference, and other regional conferences.  The events—and the photo albums on Facebook—go back as far as 1993.  (The first official Top Echelon Network event was held in 1990.)

What would we like you to do?  Visit our fan page, browse through the albums, and see if you recognize anybody.  Heck, you might recognize yourself!  And feel free to tag anybody that you would like.  Let’s have fun with this!

Click here to access our Facebook fan page photo albums!

Let’s also make plans to join us for next year’s National Convention, which is scheduled for Thursday, April 25, through Saturday, April 27.

Come to the convention, have fun, enjoy yourself, and then we’ll post photos of YOU on Facebook, too.

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