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Top Echelon to Enhance Product and Service Offering with CATS Acquisition

by | Nov 10, 2020 | Press Releases

CANTON, Ohio—Top Echelon Software, the leading provider of software for people who build teams, is pleased to announce its acquisition of CATS, an applicant tracking system designed specifically for professional recruiters.

According to Top Echelon Software CEO Mark Demaree, this merger represents the opportunity to combine the resources and experience of both companies to become the leading provider of applicant tracking and CRM software and to serve and support the recruiting industry at an unparalleled level.

“We are constantly seeking ways to improve,” said Demaree. “We look forward to the opportunity that this merger offers to provide even more value to our customers in the form of additional features and enhanced functionality.”

“We’re excited about this development and we believe that it will greatly benefit our customers,” said CATS Product Manager Jeff Pauline. “We believe that our shared vision and combined resources will create many tremendous opportunities to improve the service that we provide to our customers.”

Since its inception, Top Echelon has been an extremely customer-focused organization, seeking to continually exceed the expectations of its users. According to Demaree, CATS has made a commitment to listening and acting on customer feedback, which is exactly what Top Echelon has done during its nearly 33 years in business.

“And also like CATS, we’ve created a software with innovative tools and features that allows recruiters to configure it to their unique recruiting process,” he said. “That way, they can focus more on those tasks that lead directly to making placements. That’s just one reason why we’re excited for the future development of our software and what it will mean for the recruiters who use it.”

In addition, this merger will provide an opportunity for CATS customers to explore membership in Top Echelon Network, a leading network of highly specialized search firms. The members of Top Echelon Network leverage each other’s resources for the purpose of making split placements while helping their clients fill open positions with qualified job candidates more quickly.

“It is our intention that this merger will greatly benefit the customers of Top Echelon Software and CATS, both in the short term and in the long run,” said Demaree. “We are excited and optimistic about the shared vision of what this means for the recruiting and staffing industry, especially the executive search profession.”

Top Echelon Software is a provider of applicant tracking system (ATS), recruiting, and split placement network software. Top Echelon’s software helps its customers attract and retain talent, match workers’ skills to business needs and staffing clients’ objectives, and reduce the time and costs associated with processes. Founded in 1988, Top Echelon is headquartered in Canton, Ohio. For more information, visit

CATS Software is a Minneapolis-based company that serves over 1,800 companies in over 50 different countries. Conceived by recruiters and open sourced for two years, their ATS is a tried and true product, serving recruiters and hiring managers for over 10 years.

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Matthew Deutsch, Marketing Manager

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