Happy Birthday to Us! Top Echelon is 33 Years Old!

Time certainly flies when you’re having fun!

Although this past year was not exactly fun, both in this country and around the world.

On March 8, 2020, Top Echelon celebrated its 32nd birthday. One day later, the first case of the coronavirus was confirmed in the state of Ohio. (Top Echelon’s headquarters are located in Canton.)

March 8, 1988 was the date of the first issue of The Pinnacle Newsletter. Top Echelon co-founder Mike Kappel sent out that first issue of the newsletter, and he did it via The Pony Express. (Kidding . . . I’m just kidding!) No, Mike sent the first Pinnacle newsletter via the United States Postal Service, which is pretty much the same thing these days. (I’m kidding!)

Of course, that’s because there was no Internet 33 years ago. Imagine that with me for just a second. You can’t, can you?

Anyway, a few years ago, we re-published the very first article in The Pinnacle newsletter. You can read it by clicking here.

A few years ago, we also published a Pinnacle article titled, “27 Little-Known Facts About Top Echelon on Its 27th Anniversary.”

You can view all 27 little-known facts by clicking here.

And of course, we have some facts about the year 1988, courtesy of the website mybirthdayfacts.com. In 1988, the:

  • Number-one pop song was “Never Gonna Give You Up” by Rick Astley.
  • Number-one movie was Good Morning, Vietnam.
  • Median new home price was $108,900.
  • Price of a new car was $13,761.
  • Price of a gallon of gas was 96 cents.
  • Price of a loaf of bread was 59 cents.

And last, but certainly not least, we want to recognize Charter Member Steve Brody of Executive Resource Systems. Steve has been with us since the very beginning, meaning that his “war stories” certainly mirror ours. (And in some cases, our “war stories” include each other.)

So congratulations to Steve, who started recruiting in 1982, for both his longevity and his success as a Top Echelon Network member!

So while this past year was largely one that a lot of people might want to forget, we certainly don’t want to forget you—the members of our Network. You have been the driving force behind our success for the past 33 years, and we’re very glad that you are with us, that you trust us, and that we will forge a new path into the future together.

Congratulations to everybody who is a member of our recruiting network right now, and yes, that means YOU. Without you, there would be no Top Echelon, no Network, and no 33rd birthday.

Now . . . let us eat cake!

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