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Recruiter CommentsAt Top Echelon, we love it when a plan comes together!  (Thank you, A-Team.)

First, the Thanksgiving Day holiday is this week.  That’s just one reason you should give thanks for your split fee recruiting Trading Partners.

Should you give thanks for your family, too?  Of course, but there’s a chance that some of you might like your split Trading Partners more than certain members of your family.  Just a chance, mind you . . . we’re spit-ballin’ here.

Second, the first two Recruiter of the Week award winners are represented in this installment of “‘Comments’ and Compliments,” namely

Lloyd Shoemaker of TriVista Professional Placement Services and Mark Udulutch of Markent Personnel.

Third, all of the placements listed below are the first split placement that the recruiters involved have made with one another.  It’s been proven time and again that where there’s one split placement . . . there could be multiple split placements!

Taking into account the history of the recruiters involved in our recruiting network, these should be the first of MANY.

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Network Recruiter Lloyd ShoemakerGary Elias“The candidate came to us from Gary Elias.  This is our first placement with Gary, even though we’ve looked at many of his candidates over time.  It’s good to know we have recruiters in Top Echelon like Gary who put quality candidates in the system.  When we’ve communicated with Gary during this process, he was right back at us with his comments or whatever information we needed.”

Submitted by Lloyd Shoemaker of TriVista Professional Placement Services regarding his Network split placement with Gary Elias of Elias Associates, Inc.


Fee Percentage—25%

(Editor’s note: This is the first Network split placement that Shoemaker and Elias have made together in Top Echelon.)

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Mark UdulutchBob Wick“As usual, Bob sent out a great candidate who met the needs of our client.”

Submitted by Mark Udulutch of Markent Personnel regarding his Network split placement with Bob Wick of Career Center of Cincinnati, Inc.


Fee Percentage—25%

(Editor’s note: This is the first Network split placement that Udulutch and Wick have made together in Top Echelon.)


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Mark UdulutchSteve Copeland“Steve found a great candidate who actually had worked at the client before and wanted to go back.  All are happy!”

Submitted by Mark Udulutch of Markent Personnel regarding his Network split placement with Steve Copeland of Albert Energy, LLC


Fee Percentage—25%

(Editor’s note: This is the first Network split placement that Udulutch and Copeland have made together in Top Echelon.)

Last week, we announced our inaugural Recruiter of the Week award, which went to Lloyd Shoemaker of TriVista Professional Placement Services in Troy, Ohio.

Even though this week is a short work week due to the Thanksgiving Day holiday, we’d like to recognize another recruiter for their hard work and commitment.

In this feature, we highlight one Network recruiter for their contributions as a Preferred Member of Top Echelon Network.  And when we say “contributions,” we mean what they’ve done to grow not only their own recruiting business in the Network, but also grow the business of other Network recruiters.

Without further adieu, we’re pleased to announce this week’s Recruiter of the Week!

Mark UdulutchRecruiter of the Week:

Mark Udulutch of Markent Personnel in Portage, Wisconsin

Agency Join Date:

January 20, 1989


Mark works with his father, Tom, at Markent Personnel.  Tom joined Top Echelon Network in 1989, just missing out on being a Charter Member of the Network.  Mark became a recruiter five years later, which means that next year will be his 20th in the business.

Mark has nearly caught his father in terms of Network placements (88 to 81) by displaying unerring consistency during the past decade.  In fact, Mark has made at least one Network placement every year for the past 10 years.

Mark has made six split placements in Top Echelon so far in 2013, and one of the reasons for his success is his desire to network with other Preferred Member.  He attends at least one Top Echelon Network conference or convention every year.  Mark invests in his Network Membership, and that investment definitely pays off.

Markent Personnel works in the Manufacturing industry, specializing in Plastics, Consumer Products, Electronics, Food Processing and Industrial Equipment, and Pharmaceuticals.

Congratulations to Mark from everybody at Top Echelon!

If you’d like to nominate somebody as the Recruiter of the Week, please send their name and agency name to  You can even nominate yourself, if you’d like.  (It’s happened before.)


We recently posed a question to the Top Echelon Network Membership in the form of a survey in the Members’ Area.

That question was as follows:

Which days are you working during Thanksgiving week?


The choice of answers that were offered is listed below, along with the percentage of recruiters that selected each answer:

  • Monday through Wednesday and Friday — 20.0%
  • Monday through Wednesday — 45.7%
  • Monday and Tuesday — 22.9%
  • Just Monday — 5.7%
  • I’m not working any days — 5.7%


recruiter surveysOnce upon a time, the majority of recruiters didn’t work at all during Thanksgiving week.  Because they had billed so much to that point in the year, they didn’t feel as though they had to work during the week.  However, times have changed.

As the results of this survey indicate, 20% of Top Echelon Network recruiters plan to work four days this week.  The only day they’re taking off, of course, is the Thanksgiving Day holiday.  In addition, nearly 46% of survey participants are working Monday through Wednesday and taking off Thanksgiving and Friday.

As for those recruiters who aren’t working any days during Thanksgiving week of 2013?  Only 5.7% of those who responded to the survey question plan to take the whole week off, a far cry from what used to be the case . . . once upon a time.


How many days are YOU working this week?  Is it more than you’ve worked during Thanksgiving week in years past?  Less?  What are the reasons?

For many years, The Cornerstone, the newsletter of Top Echelon Contracting, was sent to the recruiters of Top Echelon Network.

Contract split placementsThe Cornerstone was eventually discontinued in favor of another newsletter, Contracting Corner, which is now published once a quarter.  (Click here to access past issues of the Contracting Corner.)

However, we at Top Echelon Network still run contract split placements made by Preferred Member recruiters in select issues of The Pinnacle Newsletter Blog . . . and this is one of those select issues!

Below are are recent contract split placements made by Top Echelon Network recruiters and handled by Top Echelon Contracting, the recruiter’s back-office solution.

Congratulations to the recruiters involved!  We hope there are many more contract splits in your future!

Contract Split Placements Made by Preferred Member Recruiters

Multiplier Used

Agency Code

Client Recruiter

Recruiter’s Firm Name

Agency Code

Candidate Recruiter

Recruiter’s Firm Name

Job Title


1.83 AC45 Carl L. Bradford Bradford Search Consultants, LLC BC73 Tom Edwards Front Line Search Solutions LLC Translator $11.44
1.44 MA32 Donna Carroll Systems Personnel MA22 Gary Silver The Shay Group Integration Consultant $15.98


Many of the Top Producers in Top Echelon Network have added contract staffing to their recruiting firm’s business model.  Not only that, but they’ve also taken advantage of the services provided by Top Echelon Contracting.

For more information about contract staffing and the back-office services that Top Echelon Contracting provides, call 888.627.3678, x2.