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In 2018, I will be starting my 19th year with Top Echelon. I don’t know what’s more unbelievable, that 2018 will be here in a few weeks or that I’ve been here that long. Time certainly does fly by.

During the past 19 years, I’ve been part of Top Echelon’s recruiting network. Over the course of that time, I’ve come to fully appreciate the recruiters who comprise our split network.

At this point, you might be thinking, “Holy cow, is this guy about to announce his retirement?”

No, I will not be doing that today. Or in the foreseeable future, for that matter. However, it’s been a while since I wrote a personal article in The Pinnacle. Since 2017 is winding to a close and a New Year is upon us, I thought now would be the appropriate time.

When you do something for 19 years, you get to know the people with whom you work. Of course, I’ve grown to know the other people who have worked at Top Echelon over the years. But who I’m specifically talking about Top Echelon Network members.

Like any network, people come and people go. That’s just a fact of life. However, some people stay and they often stay for a long time. During the past 19 years, I’ve grown to know quite a few recruiters who have been Network members for five, 10, and 15+ years.

Heck, there are TE recruiters who were Network members before I even joined Top Echelon, and they’re still Network members! To me, that’s an awesome display of resiliency, loyalty, and success, and I can’t thank those recruiters enough for everything that they’ve done during their time with us.

And that’s the point of this blog post: I want to thank YOU, the Top Echelon Network membership, for your commitment to us. And it doesn’t matter how long you’ve been with us, either; I’m thankful for every single one of you.

That being said, no journey is immune to hardships. I know for a fact that there are several long-standing Network members who have either gone through hardships recently or are going through them right now. These hardships have taken many forms and degrees of severity.

Hardships such as these are especially difficult during the holiday season. That’s why I want you to know that we at Top Echelon are praying for those who are enduring these hardships. We’ve known many of these people for many years. We’ve talked on the phone and in person about business, about family, and about life.

So in almost 19 years at Top Echelon, I’ve learned quite a few things. One of those things is that a customer doesn’t have to just be a customer. A customer can be a friend, too. And that’s not the only friendship that can exist with the Network. Customers (or recruiters) can be friends with other customers. There have been literally hundreds of such friendships down through the years.

And even though we’re proud of the many recruiters who have called themselves Top Echelon customers down through the years, we’re more proud of the many Top Echelon customers who we’ve been able to call friends.

I want to take this opportunity to thank all of you and to wish you a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

The end of 2017 is almost here. That means you if you register for the 2018 Top Echelon National Convention NOW, you can apply the cost of the event on this year’s business expenses!

Down through the years, members of Top Echelon’s recruiting network have signed up for the annual convention before December 31. That date is staring us in the face. So don’t delay. Register now!

More than just expenses

But applying the cost to this year’s expenses is not the only reason to register for the National Convention. In fact, it’s not even the most important reason.

Below are some of the details regarding the event:

  • The dates of the National Convention are Tuesday, April 24, and Wednesday, April 25.
  • The site will be the Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center.
  • The cost of Early Bird Registration is just $346 per person.
  • Our room rate for the Gaylord Opryland will be $199 per night.
  • The main speakers are Barb Bruno, CPC/CTS of Good as Gold Training and Greg Doersching of Bullseye Recruiting.

I’ve said this before, but attending one of our recruiter networking events is not just an expense. It’s an investment in both your Network membership and also your recruiting desk. That’s because you’ll be networking with other recruiters and sharing hot job orders and hot candidates. In addition, Barb Bruno and Greg Doersching will have a TON of great information to share with you.

Once again, there are only a handful of days left in 2017. Then the New Year will be upon us. Do you want to make 2018 the best year it can be for your recruiting agency, both inside and outside of the Network? Then register for the National Convention.

This is our 30th anniversary. It’s going to be a great event and I want YOU there to celebrate with us!

If you have any questions about registration (or about any other aspects of the convention), please contact me at 330.455.1433, x156 or via email at

It’s that time of year again. That’s right, it’s time for Top Echelon’s Annual State of the Industry Report survey!

Since you’re a member of Top Echelon’s recruiting network, we’d like to invite you to participate in our survey. Your responses to this survey will serve as the basis for Top Echelon’s 2017-18 State of the Industry Report. (For those of you who haven’t read last year’s report, you can see it by clicking HERE.)

There are 18 questions in this year’s survey. We want your viewpoints, opinions, and perspectives on a wide range of topics. And as always, we encourage you to elaborate on any and all points that you see fit. Vent to us, if you must. We’re here to listen.

The questions in this year’s survey include the following topics (among others):

  • Why candidates are rejecting job offers and costing recruiters placement fees
  • The top complaints clients have about candidates
  • Where the best quality candidates come from
  • The most successful places to advertise job openings and reach candidates
  • Recruiters’ top challenges and concerns about the future—and how to address them
  • The effect of the Trump Presidency on the economy (and on recruiting)

Here’s the really good news: if you participate in our survey, then you’ll be among the first to receive the State of the Industry Report. We estimate that the report will be completed and ready for distribution shortly after the first of the year. (Although of course, we reserve the right to publish it later . . . or sooner, maybe. We’ll see what kind of mood we’re in.)

Click the link below to get this show started:

Yes, I’d like to participate!

Please note: if you attempted to take the survey from an email we sent last week, we apologize if the link did not work. SurveyMonkey was experiencing technical difficulties that made it, well, difficult for some recruiters to start the survey. If you were affected by this, we apologize. The link should work and you should be able to both start and complete the survey.

Thanks for your loyal and commitment as Top Echelon Network members (and also for completing our survey)!