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'Top Echelon TV'Top Echelon Network wants you to be a bum . . . a beach bum, that is.  That’s because our 2011 National Convention will be held at the Westin Beach Resort in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., on Thursday, May 12, through Saturday, May 14.  As is the case with ALL Top Echelon Network events, there will be plenty of networking and training opportunities, as well as fun, fun, and more fun.


Oh, and as a side note, Top Echelon Network just turned 23 years old on March 8.  So . . . we’d like to wish ourselves a happy birthday and also thank all of the recruiters who call themselves Preferred Members of the Network, especially the Charter Members, who have been with us since the beginning.

Okay, we’ve been harping on attending the 2011 National Convention for quite some time now.  There’s a reason for that: attending is important.  Why?  Well, instead of answering that question ourselves, we thought we’d bring in the real experts—those recruiters who have attended events in the past and have found value in doing so.
Cindy Stephens“We look forward to attending the Convention.  We have attended almost all of the conventions and meetings, and I make sure my calendar is blocked for the TE convention and conferences each year before I book other meetings.

I know we have a lot of new recruiters in the network and it is always so much fun to meet new faces and get to know our trading partners during these fun events.  Every convention and meeting has been so much fun, but more than that, the networking with the recruiters and the TE Network and TE Contracting teams is what makes it so important for us!

The training sessions provides us an opportunity to learn new techniques, and even remind us of the standard techniques that work so well!  We learn from the trainers, but more than that, we learn how other recruiters manage their desks, their candidates, and their clients.  Sharing experiences allows us to learn, and to share our own experiences.

I have made some long lasting friendships through these meetings and continue to make new relationships!.

Cindy Stephens of Stephens International Recruting, Inc.

Betsy HarperThree great reasons to attend:

Recruiting can be a solitary business and it’s always good to be with people who know what that’s like and how you live.

If you take home ONE good idea that you implement to improve your business and grow your billings, it’s all worth it.

Being in the warm sun with a group of friendly people is a GREAT way to spend two days—no matter what you do!”

Betsy Harper of Sales and Marketing Search, Inc.


John Paolino“I am a fairly new member of TE and have only attended one other convention, the last one held in Columbus. I felt it was well worth the time and expense because it enable me to meet other members face to face and learn a great deal about recruiting and the different areas each member specializes in. After attending I felt a lot more confident and meet other members where I could be of service to them and where they could help me improve my business.”

John Paolino of Woods & Paolino Recruiting Solutions


You can attend the National Convention at the low price of just $345 per person during the Early Bird Registration period.  Don’t let this opportunity pass you by.  Login to the Members’ Area today and sign up for the convention.  We hope to see you there!

'Comments' and ComplimentsOkay, there’s a split placement party happening in Top Echelon Network, and if you’re not part of it right now, then you’re missing out.  There are recruiters sharing hot job orders and hot candidates, recruiters communicating with each other every day, recruiters working together to take a job order and fill that order with the candidate that the company wants.

They’re working the Top Echelon Network system, and they’re making split placements because of it.  And you know what else?  They’re having fun at the party, too, so much so that they’re heaping public praise on one another.  They’re excited about making split placements, and we’re excited that they’re excited.  We want as many Preferred Members in this split placement party as possible.  So if you’re not at this party, what are you doing?  Get in here!

And don’t forget to call your party host and Membership Development Coordinator Drea Codispoti at (330) 455-1433, Ext. 156.  He’ll give you directions to the party.  Be there or be square.

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Larry Baker“Our Trading Partner, Ram Kola, has done an excellent job of matching our client’s position requirements in producing very good candidates.  Ram has done this over and over again with our open positions and he has done it again with this one.”

Submitted by Larry Baker of Computer Careers regarding his split placement with Ram Kola of Stewart Cooper & Coon

Position Title—MS Exchange or Network Administrator
Fee Percentage—20%

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Michael StuckSean Napoles“Sean and I have been working on this placement since October of last year.  He submitted three spectacular candidates to us, as he always does, and one of the three got the job.  Thanks, Sean, for being the NUMBER-ONE recruiter you are in the Network.”

Submitted by Michael Stuck of Gables Search Group, Inc. regarding his split placement with Sean Napoles, CPC of Career Brokers, Inc.

Position Title—ERP Project Leader
Fee Percentage—20%

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Remember, if you have comments for a Trading Partner regarding a split placement, please email those comments to  Let’s kick this party up a notch!

Drea Codispoti, CPC/CERSIf you’re wondering where the money is in Top Echelon Network, it’s with the recruiters who are listed below, because they’ve made split placements with each other recently.  In the conversations that I’ve had with recruiters during the past few months, it seems that activity is picking up.  That’s good news, and hopefully that good news will continue throughout the rest of the year.

So, without further adieu, below are the most recent split placements made by recruiters through Top Echelon Network.  The information includes the names of the recruiters involved in the placement, as well as the position that they filled together.

Veronica (Roni) Snyder of Career Professionals, Inc. and Bob Ferris of Ferris Associates, LLC placed a Senior Software Engineer.

David Kersey of Kersey & Associates, Inc. and Gene Price of Gene Price Recruiting placed Senior Manager of Business/Applications Development.

Juli Smith of The Smith Consulting Group, LLC and Angela Marasco of A. Marasco Recruiting, LLC placed a Meditech Analyst.

Martha Schmidt of Infinity Consultant Group and Suzanne Griffith, CPC of J.S. Griffith & Associates placed a Program Manager.

Shane Todd of Analog Solutions and Jim Fitzpatrick of Fitzpatrick & Associates placed a Mechanical Engineer.

Maria Hemminger of MJ Recruiters, LLC and Trey Cameron of the Cameron Craig Group placed a Manufacturing Project Engineer.

Rowe Henderson of Rowe Henderson & Associates and Jay Laney of The Williams Company placed a Process & Technology Director.

Glenda Smith of Metaljobs Network and Judy Kaplan of Prof’l Recruiting Consultants placed a Technical Manager.

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(330) 455-1433, Ext. 156