Top Echelon Contracting to Be Sponsor for NAPS Annual Conference

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The National Association of Personnel Services (NAPS) has been the premier staffing industry educator since 1961 and takes education and training to a national dimension.

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The morning keynotes will be followed by an extensive line up of education and networking. The conference will also feature two pre-conference credentialing/educational specials.

Top Echelon Contracting (TEC), a provider of back-office services for recruiters, is pleased to announce that it will be a sponsor and exhibitor for the 2012 National Association of Personnel Services (NAPS) Conference. This year’s conference will be held at the San Antonio Westin Riverwalk from Wednesday, September 19, through Saturday, September 22.

NAPS began to conduct annual conferences and seminars to bring needed help and training to individuals, owners, and managers across the United States. They continue to maintain their position as the search and staffing industry educator through their certification program, continuing education initiatives, eLearning, and annual conference.

The 2012 Conference will have four tracks that will anchor this year’s lineup of speakers, (1) Direct Hire Back to Basics, (2) The Direct Hire Master’s Program, (3) Temp Staffing and (4) Best Practices and Technology. Running concurrently with the event on Friday afternoon is the Owner and Manager’s Retreat as well as an Executive Leadership track. Because of the success of the 2011 event, NAPS will have a Wednesday Evening “Kick Off Event and Keynote” with Danny Cahill. Jon Bartos, Joanie Ruge, and Jim Bleech will each host the morning keynotes.

TEC President, Debbie Fledderjohann will introduce Friday's keynote speaker, employment analyst Joanie Ruge. As the Senior Vice President and Chief Employment Analyst for Randstad Holding U.S., Ruge interprets employment data for Randstad’s customers and candidates. She has been a featured expert on Fox, CNBC, CNN, ABC, PBS, The Wall Street Journal, U.S. News & World Report, and Forbes.

She recently discussed the hiring outlook with TEC for its quarterly newsletter, Contracting Corner. In the article she said that job creation is coming, but that most of it is happening in the professional sector. She also described a trend where companies are building a core staff supplemented by contractors with specialized skills to handle specific projects, goals, or deadlines.

“When I first started in the industry 19 years ago, it was more about placing temporaries in a job to cover a vacation or maternity leave or maybe they had a permanent job they wanted to fill with a temporary while they looked for a permanent person,” Ruge said. “In the last 10 years, we have really seen what I call a paradigm shift. Companies are looking for a more flexible workforce model and really want to have more of a blended workforce with contract workers at different levels.”

The morning keynotes will be followed by an extensive line up of education and networking. The conference will also feature two pre-conference credentialing/educational specials. These include NAPS’ well-known certification programs (CPC and CTS Credentialing), as well as their new CERS (Certified Employee Retention Specialist).

The conference will also provide recruiters with time slots to visit the Exhibitor Hall where they can spend dedicated time with vendors like Top Echelon Contracting, Big Biller, and Hiring Hook, to name just a few.

In addition, Thursday’s lineup will include an evening party complete with a live band, mechanical bull riding contest, and a live auction complete with a TEXAS auctioneer. Don’t miss this opportunity to learn what this conference can do for you. Visit

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