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We were so fortunate to have three of the BEST people in the staffing industry join us on October 24th at Hofbrauhaus Chicago! The Pinnacle Society is an elite group of individuals who have met and exceeded the standards established 30 years ago for excellence in recruiting.

The Pinnacle Society was founded in 1989 with the assistance and leadership of industry trainers Tony Byrne and Ben Meador. It was initially envisioned as a gathering of “the best of the best” within our industry to share ideas, best practices and provide networking opportunities–ideals which the society has embodied to this day.

Meet the Pinnacle Society Panelists

Rich Bradley, Owner, Team Bradley, Inc

Rich Bradley has been recruiting for over 37 years in the contingency marketplace. His array of experience includes working with three different recruiting companies during his career. He is a hands-on recruiter and owner of TeamBradley and previously co-owner at DynaStaff. TeamBradley is the culmination of his experience and is a smaller boutique office offering contingent and retained search primarily in the IT market place. His client base is primarily located in Chicago and the surroundings suburbs, with a smattering of searches throughout the US. Current billings for the past number of years have been on average of 750K+ each year. Rich has been a member of Pinnacle since 1997.

Current speciality: Information Technology marketplace for the Chicago area. Educational background: Degreed in Psychology. Additional: Taught and/or facilitated training in the recruiting field and for Zig Ziglar, Anthony Robbins, and Dale Carnegie Sales Training classes. Entered the recruiting field in 1982, passed the CPC exam in 5/91, member of both the ISSA and NAPS while also serving as the VP on the ISSA board.

  • Member of Pinnacle since 1997.
  • Niche – Information Technology
  • Region – Chicagoland, Midwest
  • Industries – Information Technology
  • Search Type – Retained, Contingent


Chris Hillman, Executive Recruiter, SearchPath International 

Chris brings 21 years of highly successful Executive Search expertise to SearchPath International. He has career billings over $6 million with over 432 successfully completed searches. In 2014, Chris was selected for membership in The Pinnacle Society, The Premier Consortium of 75 Industry-Leading recruiters in North America within the direct placement and search industry. The Pinnacle Society is an organization of individuals whose purpose is to serve as an honor society recognizing high volume producers and as an educational forum for the sharing of information and ideas.

Chris is a five-time Pacesetter award winner placing him in the top elite tier of Search Consultants in the world. Chris excels in search, business development, operations, training and management. Chris is an active member of the Pinnacle Society and a Pacesetter award winner placing him in the top 1% percent of Search Professionals in the world.

As a previous CSAM, Certified Senior Account Manager, for a Management Recruiters International, he has achieved the recruiting industries highest levels of training in labor laws, negotiations, ethics, integrity and human relationships. Chris has expertise in Talent Acquisition within Nutraceutical Ingredients, Raw Materials, Food Ingredients and the Packaging Materials Industry. In addition, he has strong knowledge and a network of professionals in the Industrial Market, Power Transmission Industry, Motion Control niche and Automation Sector.

Formerly Chris worked for seven years in a General Management capacity, running a $22 million operation. He graduated from the University of North Carolina, Charlotte with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with an Economics minor. Chris’ success comes from his strong work ethic, listening skills, persistence and industry knowledge. His high levels of achievement come from his desire to focus on solving his clients’ and candidates’ goals, problems and needs.


  • Member of Pinnacle Society, The Premier Consortium of 75 Industry-Leading Recruiters in North America. Top 1% Recruiter in North America
  • Ranked the #1 or #2 office (of 48) for 12 years in a row
  • Top 4% of 107 Recruiters for 8 consecutive years
  • CSAM (Certified Senior Account Manager) designation
  • CPC (Certified Personnel Consultant) designation
  • Pacesetter award winner with MRI (top 4%) 1999 – 2006
  • MRI Top Gun Award – 2001, awarded advanced sales training (30 of 5,000 selected)
  • Over $6 million in career individual billings


Brooke Ziolo, President/Owner, Egret Consulting Group

Brooke Ziolo joined Egret Consulting in 2008 as an executive recruiter and excelled. She became a Partner in the firm in 2013 and the Managing Director in 2016 as well as being inducted into the Pinnacle Society, the premier consortium of industry leading recruiters in North America, in 2016. In 2019 she became the President of Egret Consulting. Brooke recruits exclusively for lighting manufacturers and lighting design firms, Brooke’s experience in all facets of the lighting industry allows her to quickly assess her clients’ needs and identify the right talent. Brooke recruits for a variety of functional disciplines including sales, engineering, operations, marketing, product management, lighting designers, etc.; ranging from mid to senior / VP level.

  • Niche – Business Development, Engineering, Manufacturing, Manufacturing Operations, Marketing, Operations, Sales
  • Region – Canada, Nationwide, United States
  • Industries – Electrical/Electronics, Manufacturing, Semiconductors
  • Search Type – Retained, Contingent



The event began with a private session for those newer to the staffing industry. It was an outstanding opportunity for this group to hear the secrets of success from the pros. What did they learn?  So many things… But above all:

                      • Get on the phone (don’t spend time doing other things)
                      • Success is directly correlated to the number of calls you make!
                      • Stay organized.
                      • Make it a great day




Oktoberfest at Hofbrauhaus with the team from Sterling Engineering


The afternoon concluded with a happy hour, Oktoberfest-style, for the hungry and thirsty attendees. There is no better place than Hofbrauhaus for beer and pretzels, and potato pancakes, and sauerkraut… The team from Sterling Engineering had a blast!

If you missed this event, we’ll be sure to do it again next October. Thank you to our gold sponsors, Emsi and Bullhorn, for hosting the Young Professionals session of this event!



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