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Top Echelon President Mark Demaree

Another month in Top Echelon Network means another month of anniversaries and Network recruiting agencies that we’d like to honor for their longevity!

And there are some very successful recruiting firms and individual recruiters included in our acknowledgement of anniversaries this month.  Some of the recruiters listed below have made quite a few placements and a LOT of money through Top Echelon Network, and we are certainly glad that we’ve been able to contribute to the success of their firms.

As we’ve stated, we don’t recognize every agency that’s celebrating an anniversary.  Instead, we focus on the “big” ones—five, 10, 15, 20, and 25-year anniversaries.

This month, we have two Network recruiting agencies celebrating their 20-year anniversary and three more Network recruiting agencies that are celebrating their 10-year anniversary.

Not only that, but the recruiters in the agencies listed below have combined to make 387 placements as Preferred Members in Top Echelon Network!

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TriVista Professional Placement Services in Troy, Ohio
Staff Members: Lloyd E. Shoemaker, Mike McSweeney, George Atkinson, Heather Beeler, Therese Eckhoff, Ginny Wood, and Andrea Karn
Agency Join Date: July 21, 2004

Affinity Executive Search in Hollywood, Florida
Staff Members: Steve Kohn, Hannah Kohn, and Sara Kohn
Agency Join Date: July 28, 2004

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Stewart Cooper & Coon in Phoenix, Arizona
Staff Members: Fred E. Coon, Brenda Richardson, Ram Kola, Lisa Greer-Boland, Greg Veverka, Michael Weishaar, and James Helms
Agency Join Date: July 27, 2004

Carroll Technology Services, Inc. in Sykesville, Maryland
Staff Members: Bob Small and Jed Davis
Agency Join Date: July 29, 2004

International Staffing Consultants, Inc. in Laguna Beach, California
Staff Members: James R. Gettys and Kathleen Porter
Agency Join Date: July 30, 2004

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(Mark Demaree is the President of Top Echelon.)

Top Echelon President Mark DemareeWhile Preferred Member firm Stephens International Recruiting is celebrating its 15-year anniversary in Top Echelon Network this month, there are other Network recruiting firms that are also celebrating anniversaries!

As we’ve stated, we don’t recognize every agency that’s celebrating an anniversary.  Instead, we focus on the “big” ones—five, 10, 15, 20, and 25-year anniversaries.

This month, we have three Network recruiting firms celebrating their 10-year anniversary and four more that are celebrating their five-year anniversary!

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Front Line Solutions, LLC in Colorado Springs, Colorado
Recruiter: Rich Harrold
Agency Join Date: June 16, 2004

Clinical Dynamix, Inc. in Boynton Beach, Florida
Recruiters: Heidi Rosen, Andrea Robles, and Andy Sheppard
Agency Join Date: June 23, 2004

SAP Recruiters in Chicago, Illinois
Recruiter: Susan Stone
Agency Join Date: June 29, 2004

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Dayspring & Associates in Rolesville, North Carolina
Recruiters: Chelsea Knutsen and Laurie Gillespie
Agency Join Date: June 1, 2009

Spaulding Associates in Kennebunk, Maine
Recruiter: Rob Spaulding
Agency Join Date: June 4, 2009

Shanklin & Associates in Cleveland, Ohio
Recruiters: Joy Shanklin and Thom Besso
Agency Join Date: June 25, 2009

Ehlers Recruiting Partners in Quogue, New York
Recruiter: Mike Ehlers
Agency Join Date: June 30, 2009

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We’d like to congratulate these recruiters and their firms for these milestones, as well as thank them for their commitment as Preferred Members!

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(Mark Demaree is the President of Top Echelon.)

Stephens International celebrating 15 years in the Top Echelon Recruiting Network.

‘CHECK’ THEM OUT: Recruiters from Top Echelon Network Preferred Member agency Stephens International Recruiting, Inc. pose with both their $1 Million Producer Award and Frequent Contract Placer (FCP) awards check presented by Top Echelon Contracting at the 2013 National Convention.  From left—Cindy Stephens, CPC/CTS; Tim Hopkins, CPC/CTS; and Doug Stephens.  Stephens International Recruiting is celebrating its 15th anniversary in the Network this month.

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Every month in The Pinnacle Newsletter Blog, we like to recognize and congratulate those Preferred Member agencies that are celebrating anniversaries in Top Echelon Network.

Of course, we don’t recognize every agency that’s celebrating an anniversary.  Instead, we focus on the “big” ones—five, 10, 15, 20, and 25-year anniversaries.

(And of course, we also celebrate every anniversary of the Charter Members . . . because we have a soft spot for them and all.)

This month, Stephens International Recruiting, Inc. is celebrating its 15-year anniversary in Top Echelon Network!  We’d like to congratulate everybody who’s part of that Preferred Member agency and thank them for their commitment and dedication to the Network:

Stephens International Recruiting, Inc. officially joined the Network on June 30, 1999.  Consequently, the agency’s official anniversary hasn’t arrived yet, but we thought we’d go ahead and celebrate it, anyway.  We’re zany like that.

Stephens International Recruiting has enjoyed a tremendous amount of success making split placements in Top Echelon Network and also making contract placements through Top Echelon Contracting, the recruiter’s back-office solution.  Tim Hopkins has made 42 Network placements, Cindy Stephens has made 37 Network placements, and Doug Stephens has added four.

However, the business they’ve generated through Top Echelon Contracting has been tremendous.  They recognize the value of offering both direct-hire and contract staffing services to their clients, and they’ve certainly reaped the benefits.  In fact, Stephens International received an award for being a $1 Million Producer through Top Echelon Contracting at the Network’s 2013 National Convention in St. Petersburg, Florida.

Speaking of which, the recruiters of Stephens International are regular attendees of Top Echelon Network conferences and conventions, so they also recognize the value of networking.  Their willingness to invest time, energy, and resources into their Network Membership has paid dividends, and we’re more than happy to congratulate them on their success and their anniversary.

Congratulations from everybody at Top Echelon!

Longevity in the recruiting profession is nothing to sneeze at (or cough at, for that matter).  Recruiting is not an easy profession, and every year, firms go out of business as a direct result.

Longevity in Top Echelon Network is nothing to sneeze at, either, and that’s why we want to recognize those Preferred Member firms that are celebrating a Network anniversary during the month of June.  At the top of the list is Career Professionals, Inc. in Morristown, Pa., which is celebrating its 21st anniversary this month.

In addition, Helffrich International in Oldsmar, Fla., and Walter & Associates, Inc. in Olathe, Kan., are celebrating their 21st anniversary.  Congratulations to those firms, and all the other Preferred Member firms listed below.

Career Professionals, Inc.22 years

Career Professionals, Inc. (June 27)

21 years

Helffrich International (June 26)
Walter & Associates, Inc. (June 27)

13 years

Stephens International (June 30)

12 years

North Peak Group (June 28)

10 years

Ohrmund Employment Group (June 5)
Person Plus Incorporated (June 5)
Sissom & Associates (June 25)

9 years

JS Griffith & Associates (June 23)
PSW Groups (June 26)

8 years

Clinical Dynamix, Inc. (June 23)
Front Line solutions, LLC (June 16)
SAP Recruiters (June 29)

7 years

JR Walters Resources (June 9)

6 years

Management Analysis & Utilization, Inc. (June 29)
Professional Placement Consulting Group (June 2)
The Smith Consulting Group, LLC (June 26)

5 years

Catapult Resources West (June 7)
General Search and Recruitment (June 1)
Management Search Partners (June 18)

4 years

Reiger Technical Search (June 19)

3 years

Balanced Career Solutions, Inc. (June 8)
Dayspring & Associates (June 1)
Ehlers Recruiting Partners (June 30)
Shanklin & Associates (June 25)
Spaulding Associates (June 4)

2 years

HG Arias & Associates (June 28)

1 year

EPG Solutions (June 21)
IT Audit Search (June 6)
Orion Delta Group (June 30)


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At Top Echelon Network, we like to recognize our Preferred Member recruiters for a number of different things—namely making split placements.  However, we also recognize them for longevity . . . in other words, how long they’ve been with us.  If it wasn’t for the commitment and dedication of these long-standing Members—to both split placements and also Top Echelon Network—we wouldn’t be where we are today.

In this issue of The Pinnacle Newsletter Blog, we’re recognizing Debra Stitt, CPC of Quality Source Inc. of Ohio.  Debra is celebrating her 10th anniversary in Top Echelon Network.  Congratulations, Debra!  Below is a description of Debra’s experience with the Network during these past 10 years.

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Debra Stitt, CPC“Little did I know when I found Top Echelon all those years ago what a blessing I had been handed!  At that time, there were different levels of membership; I started with the Affiliate Membership and later migrated to Preferred Membership.  I’ve seen TE go through many changes, and people have come and gone, but the value of the relationships and how those relationships have impacted my life and my business has remained constant.

“This is a no doubt a tough business.  Having TE as a part of my business model has not only helped support me through the tough times, but also has been a big bonus during the good times!  You just can’t put a price tag on having a group of people that you can turn to for advice, laugh and cry with, and who pick you up just at the right time with a split placement you never would have made without them!  Thank you, TE, and thank you Trading Partners and friends, for a fabulous ride.  May we all share many more years of continued success.”

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Be sure to read The Pinnacle Newsletter Blog in the future for more anniversary announcements.  If you have an anniversary announcement or other information you’d like to see published in The Pinnacle, send an email to