Top Echelon Trading Partners Meet in Person

The COVID-19 pandemic has certainly forced a lot of people to practice social distancing during the past 18 months, but two Top Echelon Network trading partners recently found a way to meet in person!

Those Network members were Brad McMillan of RPM ReSearch (pictured at left above) and John Ricciardi of Afton Consulting Group (pictured at right).

Brad and John have made two split placements with each other as members of the Network, and both splits brought hefty fees. The two placed a Senior Director of Operations for a fee of $52,500 and a Bioanalytical Group Leader for a fee of $50,000.

So far, John has made 16 total split placements during his tenure in Top Echelon, and Brad has accounted for four. (He’s also made two splits with Steve Kohn of Affinity Executive Search, Inc.)

The Afton Consulting Group is located in Yardley, Pennsylvania. John and Brad spent time together in Philadelphia, attending a Phillies baseball game and enjoying a crab boil, as you can see by the above photo. In addition to emailing the photo to Top Echelon Director of Network Operations Drea Codispoti, Brad also remarked about the experience:

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“Yuengling in Philly is a must!

“I agree with you that it is a great place to come together. We are in the same industry and work on some similar positions.

“We share candidates, but also recruiting tips and trends and we talk through client issues. We meet up on the phone for 15 minutes every Tuesday to discuss marketing and business development strategy.

“In my former life, I would have seen this as competition rather than collaboration. I think it is a fear that many people have.”

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When you’re a member of Top Echelon Network, other recruiters aren’t your competition. Instead, they’re your comrades and working with them—instead of against them—can help you to make more placements and generate more revenue.

If you’ve met one of your trading partners in person, we want to know about it!

Send a photo of the meeting, along with any pertinent information, to or to

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