Debbie Fledderjohann is President of Top Echelon Contracting, Inc. (TEC) and Vice President of Top Echelon, Inc. She has 23 years of experience in the contract staffing industry. She also has 17 years of experience in Information Technology and Engineering applications through Babcock and Wilcox, McDermott International. The combination of these two career paths provides an excellent background for helping recruiters in technical, professional, and healthcare contract staffing.
Debbie has been a key player in determining client and candidate trends, technology directions, and recruiter needs during the continually changing staffing and economic environment. She has played a critical role in helping direct (perm) recruiters add contract staffing to their business models. To date, she has helped recruiters earn over $64 million in contract income by placing 16,000+ contractors in 49 states. Debbie has also worked with staffing companies to grow their businesses in a variety of areas.
For 12 years, Debbie was the primary person responsible for securing $45 million in government staffing contracts with the United States Department of Veterans Affairs. Her RFP efforts resulted in 626 contract placements for recruiters.
As a full service back-office provider, TEC becomes the W-2 employer of the candidate and handles all of the financial, legal, and administrative details associated with contractors. This includes the client and candidate contracts, timesheet collection, payroll funding and processing, invoicing, state and federal taxes, insurance, Workers’ Compensation, and background checks. They also offer ACA-compliant benefits through AETNA.
Debbie has been training recruiters on contract staffing since 1993. In addition to being a key speaker and trainer for all the Top Echelon conferences and webinars, past credits include: NAPS, CSP, Fordyce Forum, NCASP, NEAPS and other state associations. She is a regular contributor to a variety of recruiting and staffing publications, writes a newsletter called “Contracting Corner – The Perm Recruiter’s Contracting Resource” and does a weekly blog.
Debbie holds an Information Technology degree and a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management from Walsh University in Canton, Ohio. She is married and has two step-children and six grandchildren. For fun, she enjoys traveling, building and remodeling projects, boating and water-skiing.