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Last week, we announced our holiday hours for Christmas Day and New Year’s Day.  However, you may have missed the fact that we WILL be in the office on Monday, December 31.  (We were NOT in the office on Monday, December 24.)

Network AnnouncementsBelow is our official announcement on the matter:

The Top Echelon offices will be closed on Tuesday, January 1, in observance of the New Year’s Day holiday.  The offices will re-open for business as usual at 8 a.m., EST on Wednesday, January 2.

Keep in mind that the Top Echelon offices encompass Top Echelon Network, Big Biller, and Hiring Hook.

However, we realize that you might not be in the office on Monday, December 31.  But if you are, you won’t be alone—we will be in the office, too.  (Not your office, in case you were wondering.  We’re not going to surprise you or anything.)

In the meantime, we hope that you enjoy the rest of this week AND the rest of this year, not to mention a festive and fun New Year’s Day holiday.  After it’s over, we’ll pick up where we left off, helping you to make split placements and grow your business.

(With an emphasis on more split placements and more growth.)

Drea Codispoti, CPC/CERSThere are a lot of reasons to attend the 2013 Top Echelon Network National Convention.  In fact, I recently published a blog post about three of them.

However, in this particular blog post, I’d like to address one reason in particular: putting the cost of the convention on this year’s expenses.

Now, I’m NOT an accountant, nor do I play one on television.  However, for years recruiters have traditionally registered for our National Convention during the previous year for the purpose of putting the cost of that convention on the current year’s business expenses.

(Once again, I’m not giving you financial advice.  As I stated, I’m NOT an accountant.  Please consult an actual accountant for details.)

As we’ve stated previously, Danny Cahill of is the keynote speaker for the National Convention.  In addition, the site for the event is the TradeWinds Resort in St. Petersburg, Fla., and the dates are Thursday, April 25, through Saturday, April, 27.

Also as we’ve previously stated, Early Bird Registration for the National Convention is currently underway.  If you sign up now, you can take advantage of the Early Bird price, which is the lowest price we’re offering: $495 per person.

As anybody who’s been in the Network for any length of time can attest, we haven’t raised the price of attending our events in quite some time, “quite some time” being another way of saying “forever.”

We’re not looking to make money off the convention.  All we want to do is get Preferred Member recruiters together so THEY can make money . . . and that includes you!

So register for the 2013 National Convention!

(Editor’s note: Drea Codispoti is not a Certified Public Accountant.  Any resemblance to a Certified Public Accountant is purely coincidental and does not represent the views of the staff and management of Top Echelon, Inc.  Please consult an actual Certified Public Accountant if you have any questions.  All rights reserved.  Results may vary.  Void where prohibited.)

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Drea Codispoti, CPC/CERSAThe year 2013 is rushing up to greet us!  (I hope it doesn’t greet us rudely, but I’m not sure we can afford to be choosy.)

And with a New Year—and a new month—comes a new Virtual Core Group (VCG) conference call schedule for Top Echelon Network.

And yes, the New Year already brings with it some unique challenges, starting with the fact that January 1 falls on a Tuesday.  That means your first day in the office, at the earliest, will be Wednesday, January 2.

With that in mind, I came to the conclusion that many of you might not be ready to participate in a VCG conference call on Thursday, January 3.  As a result, I’ve pushed the conference call schedule for the month of January back a week!

Virtual Core Group meetings are regularly scheduled conference calls for Preferred Member recruiters who work in the same industry or niche.

During these calls, recruiters share information about the activity they’re seeing, they share hot job orders and candidates, and they also bounce ideas off one another.  These are the activities that lead most directly to making split placements.

Below is the Virtual Core Group teleconference call schedule for the month of January (all times listed are Eastern Standard Time).


Date Core Group/Time Core Group/Time Core Group/Time
Thursday, January 3
No Group No Group No Group
Thursday, January 10
Manufacturing, Engineering
noon to 1 p.m.
Accounting, Finance
1:30 to 2:30 p.m.
Biotech, Pharma, Medical Device
3 to 4 p.m.
Thursday, January 17
Open for New Group Software Sales
1:30 to 2:30 p.m.
Information Technology
3 to 4 p.m.
Thursday, January 24
Open for New Group Open for New Group Open for New Group


If you think you’d like to start a new Virtual Core Group—or join an existing one—please contact me!

I hope you all enjoy a great New Year’s holiday.  If you can, try to stay out of the snow as much as possible, try to stay warm, and try to attend a VCG conference call meeting next month!

I mean it.


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Wait a minute . . . the Mayans were wrong?  The world didn’t end?  We’re still here?  The Pinnacle has to go out AGAIN?

Well, that’s okay.  It sure beats the alternative, doesn’t it?  Besides, we’d rather have a “Maja Split Placement” than a “Mayan Apocalypse” any day of the week.  (And twice on Sunday, even though we’re not in the office on Sundays.  Why bring that up?  Because office hours are important.)

Maja Munoz of Human Technologies, Inc. became a Preferred Member recruiter in January of 2012.  Over the course of the year, she made three split fee recruiting placements in the Network.

If every Preferred Member recruiter made three split placements during their first year in the Network, we’d throw a huge party.  If every Preferred Member recruiter made three split placements every year, we’d throw an even bigger party.

For now, though, we’re more than happy to celebrate a “Maja Split Placement” rather than a “Mayan Apocalypse.”  Not . . . that there would be much to celebrate with the latter.



Lloyd ShoemakerJob order recruiter: Lloyd Shoemaker of Miami Professional Search, LLC

Candidate recruiter: Debi Apple of Apple & Assoc. Inc.


Fee percentage—25%

Action causing split placement: The job order or candidate was sent to me via the automated email alerts.

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John ZurekMaja MunozJob order recruiter: John Zurek of Zurek Professional Resources, LLC

Candidate recruiter: Maja Munoz of Human Technologies, Inc.


Fee percentage—25%

Action causing split placement: The job order or candidate was found by searching Top Echelon Network’s split databases.

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Richard ConnorsAlan DaumJob order recruiter:
Richard Connors of Vista Technology

Candidate recruiter: Alan Daum of Alan N. Daum & Associates


Fee percentage—25%

Action causing split placement: Regular communication with another Top Echelon Network Preferred Member recruiter

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Job order recruiter: Mike Lupidi of M.J. Lupidi & Associates, Inc.

Candidate recruiter: Bob Allen of The ManCom Team, Inc.


Fee percentage—25%

Action causing split placement: Regular communication with another Top Echelon Network Preferred Member recruiter

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Fireworks are often used to celebrate the beginning of a New Year.  But if those people were recruiters, they’d probably want to make placements right before the New Year instead.

Like these recruiters, for instance!

'Comments' and ComplimentsThis past year was very good to the Trading Partner relationship of two of the job placement recruiters below, as they made four split placements during 2012.  Those recruiters, Georgette Sandifer and Larry Radzely, have now made seven split placements together in Top Echelon Network.

The other recruiters in this week’s installment of “Comments and Compliments” recently made their first split placement together in the Network.  That, of course, is also cause for celebration.

Seventh split placement, first split placement, the beginning of a New Year . . . let the party begin!

If you’d like to thank another recruiter for their efforts in a split fee recruiting placement situation, send your information to  Your comments might be included in an upcoming issue of The Pinnacle Newsletter Blog!

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Georgette SandiferLarry Radzely“Larry is a power partner!  I am really enjoying the success we have had this year.  Just think what we can accomplish in 2013!”

Submitted by Georgette Sandifer of Gallman Consulting regarding her split placement with Larry Radzely of Adel-Lawrence Associates, Inc.

Fee Percentage—22.5%

(Editor’s note: this is the seventh split placement that Sandifer and Radzely have made together in Top Echelon Network.)

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“Bob, thank you for your great help and service!”

Submitted by Mike Lupidi of M.J. Lupidi & Associates, Inc. regarding his split placement with Bob Allen of The ManCom Team, Inc.

Fee Percentage—25%

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

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