Miami-based Reality Show Mixes Glamour, Job Advice From Top Recruiters

It’s not like this is new to him: as a power player in the human resources and recruitment industry, LaVoie has been helping Americans find jobs for 15 years.

In crafting season one, the “Top Recruiter” chief had to do some recruiting of his own. He assembled a team of five executive recruiters, the type of power players that recruit job candidates vying to be Burger King’s next global head of marketing.

“These top recruiters were selected to educate us through various entertaining challenges,” said LaVoie. “They are here to shed light on what is within our power: to get the job you want and to move up the ladder within your career.”

The ten-episode Web show takes place in Miami, one of the most luxurious cities in America. At odds with that honor: the city is also one of those hardest hit by the recession.

Will Smith would be disappointed to find that not too many drive hundred-thousand-dollar cars and keeping up with the Joneses has never been harder. Perhaps “Top Recruiter” will redeem Smith’s pride in Miami.

LaVoie plans to shop the show to the major networks – not an easy task in today’s age of tablets, DVRs and a bazillion TV channels.

Thanks to the series’ unique recipe, he might pull it off.

Miami luxury and beautiful women get viewers watching, while fun challenges and job advice from the recruiting world’s brain trust keeps them coming back.


News.

Due to popular demand, Top Recruiter is currently being remastered into 4K resolution. In addition, the producers are going deep into the vault, where they are going to share new stories, scenes, backstories, and many surprises. There will be a total of 3 seasons, and the reboot will have a new name, Top Recruiter: Miami. Premieres 2021 on Amazon Prime, Apple TV, Roku, Xbox, H2HTV and many more outlets in 31 counties worldwide.

Interview with Executive Producer, Chris Lavoie / Top Recruiter

Reality shows have always been a hit, controversial and yet entertaining! I don’t deny the fact that some of them are BS, too!

But here is the one show that is focused on making an impact by helping the audience find a job, learn what is happening behind the veil of job interview, and that brings you the tricks and tactics of a recruiter and the fresh and latest of the recruitment industry! The one that has its fingers on the pulse of recruitment industry, Top Recruiter, The Competition.

Now let’s meet the person behind this great initiative! Chris Lavoie, Executive Producer of the hit series titled: Top Recruiter: Miami (Premieres 2021).

“The show has been featured on CBS Miami, The Huffington Post, Forbes, Details Magazine, About.com, SHRM, and more.”

Here are a few questions I got to ask him recently:

1) Chris, Ideas can happen over a cup of coffee or even when you are in the middle of a crowd partying with your friends. What was your story? How did this idea evolve?

The idea of Top Recruiter was born in the dawn of the great recession. We realized quickly, like many people did, that things were about to change — quickly. We also realized that while many people were losing their jobs and homes, there were other opportunities as a direct result of this recession. We knew that many people simply did not have the inside knowledge that a recruiter has. We wanted to deliver this information in a way that was entertaining so that people would watch and learn and hopefully apply the information to their situation and thrive. There was so much doom and gloom hovering over us as a country that we really felt something should be done. I have always had a passion for film. I just took my two passions and married them.

2) Success of this project could not have been attained without a great team!

As a leader what helps you bring people together? I cannot emphasize enough the love and respect I have for the team. These people make this enormously daunting project seem easy, fun and really exciting. It is important to have people around you that are not only smart, creative and positive, but also easy to work with.

“It is important to have people around you that are not only smart, creative and positive, but also easy to work with.”

We spent ten days working 16 – 18 hours. By the fourth day, most people start to unravel. Amazingly, we started to laugh and joke while still keeping our focus. When there are so many people involved in something like this, it is nothing short of a miracle. So when I look to fill a specific spot, I seek to find someone who would do the job for free because they simply couldn’t imagine themselves doing anything else.

3) You have successfully completed two seasons of the show! What are some skills that you saw lacking among recruiting professionals during the casting call and in general. How should they improve it?

A few things were professionalism and genuine confidence. On the how to fix it? – I think we might need to get Dr. Drew in on that! 

4) Recruiting has always been social from its inception. Now we are more into social tools and technologies, big data and analytics! What do you foresee happening in the recruiting industry in the next five years?

I absolutely love the notion of evolvement, we live in an everchanging world with many moving pieces. However, one thing has remained the same over the course of human history – we love to be entertained. We are also moving towards blending our personal world and our professional world. Think about how companies like Google are doing that within their own culture. Think about how we expect our information now. We are moving away from the traditional commercial and into more of a product placement model. Talk about big data and analytics! My hope for the next five years is that we will start to move into trying to deliver our information and opportunities in a way that feels more natural to the human condition.

“I absolutely love the notion of evolvement, we live in an everchanging world with many moving pieces. However, one thing has remained the same over the course of human history – we love to be entertained. ”

5) The first season of the show was about finding the top recruiter, a master headhunter, the best of the best in the nation. The second season was a global competition that found the top recruiter by putting them through various challenges like employer branding, enterprise recruiting, etc. And now that you are working in the green room shooting for season three, what can we, the audience, expect to see and learn?

There are many special surprises already in place for season three.  What we can tell you is that this season is going to be even better than the last. We loved the concept of making this a global effort seeing that our world is getting smaller and closer through the use of social media. We are continuing on that path — in fact — you can expect to watch the runner up winner to the apprentice, UK on season three!

6) Finally what does it take to be the Top Recruiter?

1. For Top Recruiter, the most important characteristic is knowledge base. For us, we want the show to be credible. We want to educate and only people with real expertise can really do that, right?

2. Secondly, this is a show – and shows need to be entertaining to keep any attention by the viewer. So we look for bold personalities who don’t cringe at the sight of a camera. They simply need to be comfortable in front of the camera, not everyone can do that.

3. Confidence, Confidence, Confidence!!


News.

Due to popular demand, Top Recruiter is currently being remastered into 4K resolution. In addition, the producers are going deep into the vault, where they are going to share new stories, scenes, backstories, and many surprises. There will be a total of 3 seasons, and the reboot will have a new name, Top Recruiter: Miami. Premieres 2021 on Amazon Prime, Apple TV, Roku, Xbox, H2HTV and many more outlets in 31 counties worldwide.

It Takes Talent To Become A Top Recruiter

I think a lot of people – both recruiters and candidates – thought HR tech, in the form of job microsites, job boards, and HR technologies, would help rebuild the shaky bridge between employer brand, internal recruiter/external recruiter and the candidate experience. And for some companies it has done the job, principally because the brand awareness is so strong. (TOMS Shoes, Apple AAPL +0.04%, and Google GOOGL +0.6% come to mind.) For these companies, candidates self-select before they enter the recruiting pipeline. This candidate-centric approach requires a very strong brand and equally strong recruiting practices.

For companies without a strong brand, or with a lot of heavyweight process in recruiting, the balance needs to shift back to a talent-centric focus, away from heavy process. How does that happen? One way is through brand visibility and online social learning.

Recruiting As A Social Reality Show

Thinking about training may send a shiver down your spine. Chain hotel ballrooms and meeting rooms; meh food; endless PowerPoint presentations given by tedious speakers. Anxious attendees, desperately networking. It’s hardly a recipe for learning, let alone success. Here, as elsewhere, we can learn a lot from technology, even 80-year-old technology.

So I encourage you to add a dose of reality (and fun) by watching the Top Recruiter: Miami (Premieres 2021). Executive Producer Chris Lavoie has done a great job borrowing the “top chef” model and applying it to the world of social and recruiting. This year’s event, scheduled for three weeks from now in Miami, will be more than entertaining TV (no Snooki, alas) – it’s a master class in how to be a top recruiter, one who puts the candidate and the brand first.

“As LaVoie points out, an estimated $140 billion dollars are spent on recruiting every year.”

That is a huge amount of money, and some employers may question the ROI on the investment. Chris also notes a world-class recruiter has to have multiple skill sets, what he calls “the right combination of people, business and street smarts”.


News.

Due to popular demand, Top Recruiter is currently being remastered into 4K resolution. In addition, the producers are going deep into the vault, where they are going to share new stories, scenes, backstories, and many surprises. There will be a total of 3 seasons, and the reboot will have a new name, Top Recruiter: Miami. Premieres 2021 on Amazon Prime, Apple TV, Roku, Xbox, H2HTV and many more outlets in 31 counties worldwide.

4 Tips On Creating Content For Your Brand

What if they had started a show on YouTube, perhaps an engaging cartoon, to reach their target audience? In such a scenario, there is a chance things would have turned out differently. 6-year-old YouTube star ‘Ryan ToysReview’ has a whopping 21 million views on his channel to date, and a recent article suggested he earned over $11 million from his channel in 2017 alone. If Toys R Us had hired a kid like him, maybe there would have been a less fortunate outcome.

As we observe the death of large corporations without interesting personas, one thing has become very clear: companies have to be innovative with their content marketing efforts in order to stand out in today’s marketplace.

1. Don’t believe your own hype

Even if you are a well-known brand, you still must attract and convert fleeting buyers. Ask yourself, where is the best place to find your target market? The social media algorithms are always changing – brands saw their reach on Facebook deplete following the January announcement by CEO Mark Zuckerberg saying that users should, “expect to see more from friends, family, and groups” and less from “businesses, brands, and media”. When the algorithms change, your marketing efforts have to change in response.

“When the algorithms change, your marketing efforts have to change in response.”

2. Use effective storytelling

A social media algorithm’s reach is built on engagement. To get a comment or to convert someone into a buyer, you need to evoke emotion in them. Tell inspirational stories about your company, its founders, and your employees.

In The Significant Objects experiment, devised by Rob Walker and Joshua Glenn, researchers auctioned off cheap thrift-store objects via eBay. In the item descriptions, they had creative writers share a short story about the item’s history. The items resold for a staggering 4,000% mark up, demonstrating the direct effect a good narrative has on sales!

3. Use video to stay above the noise

There is a lot of ‘noise’ across social media with people screaming for attention, so what is the best type of content to get the brand reach that you desire?

Technology giant Cisco predicts 80% of content next year will take video form. As such executive producer Chris LaVoie, creator of The Movement documentary, urges companies to use film production to give their marketing something extraordinary and unique.

For example, in his show, CEOs from all corners of the world gather in a remote castle to act as mentors in a competition about innovation. As the CEOs mentor their candidates, viewers gain insight into their knowledge and learn who they are as individuals. With the show featured on Amazon Prime, it is a great way for those CEOs to reach an audience of 100 million and leverage on their participation to get their company a year’s worth of high-quality video content for marketing purposes. Through the show, their companies can tap into new markets and increase the content’s shareability by engaging and tagging the other CEOs, forming ‘digital partnerships.’

4. Respect EQ

As we continue to adapt, we must recognise that the value your company provides must have a soul. Instead of always telling consumers how great your company is, tell them where the cracks are. Tell them a story of your company’s weaknesses, the challenges it faced and what makes it less than perfect. That is when the company begins to build intimacy and trust and ultimately gets the audience to buy into its story.


Four Days to do the Impossible

The most important TV series ever created. Witness where the ordinary becomes extraordinary. Premieres Earth Day 2021 on Amazon Prime, Apple TV, Roku, Xbox, H2HTV and many more outlets in 31 counties worldwide.

Putting America Back to Work, One Episode at a Time

I had no idea, that is, until I became a recruiter — I enjoyed filling open positions and helping job seekers find employment.  I love this profession, and now many years later (too many to count or say), I am hopelessly devoted.  I love the recruiting industry and am passionate about the people business.

Last Spring, I was given the opportunity to serve as a judge on a hot new reality show called, Top Recruiter, The Competition (Premieres 2021).  I created a challenge for these business owners, worked through it with the producers, and then delivered it to the competitors on camera with the desire to share all the ins and outs of the recruiting industry and assist a wanting public of job seekers.  The hope is that job seekers will gain an understanding of the recruiting process and that recruiters will reclaim pride in what they do.  While unemployment sits harshly at 7.9 percent in the US, we need all the help we can get.

While the United States and other countries experience ongoing high unemployment rates and battle deflated egos and a prevalent, “I Give Up” syndrome among the unemployed, this lovely little show came along at just the right time.  Not only is it filled with intrigue and drama — the likes that every reality show craves — it is also filled with ideas which benefit both sides of the jobs market — those looking for employment and those offering employment.

Given this series is available on the internet and not network or cable television, many more people will have the opportunity to view it and benefit from it as more people have access to the internet now than ever before thanks to mobile devices and smart phones. As a matter of fact, mobile internet usage will surpass PC internet usage by 2013. Additionally, and this is kind of gross — 75 percent of the world’s population owns a cell phone, while only 62 percent own a toothbrush. Demonstrates priorities, right? (YUCK!)

Top Recruiter’s Executive Producer, Christopher Lavoie, had an idea that maybe the time was right, that maybe it was time to dive in behind the hiring process and give job seekers a backstage pass to what happens in the life and mind of a recruiter or hiring manager and also share some job search advice. This gives the job seeker a “one-up” – maybe he will benefit from the information share and re-formulate his or her own job search process to increase the benefit. In a society where there is so much take, it is nice to see a little share and free education.  

Paying it forward always pays off. Thanks TopRecruiter!

Good news travels quickly, as CBS Miami shares more of the story about the ten-episode web series shot in Miami, one of the hardest hit cities in the US affected by high unemployment and a struggling economy. Lavoie now eyes Season 2 with filming taking place in the Magic City of Miami once more.

This is an exciting time for our country — we stand at the brink of returned greatness. I am happy to be part of a continuous movement to put America back to work — it’s time!


News.

Due to popular demand, Top Recruiter is currently being remastered into 4K resolution. In addition, the producers are going deep into the vault, where they are going to share new stories, scenes, backstories, and many surprises. There will be a total of 3 seasons, and the reboot will have a new name, Top Recruiter: Miami. Premieres 2021 on Amazon Prime, Apple TV, Roku, Xbox, H2HTV and many more outlets in 31 counties worldwide.

James Cann Feature – Making the Most of your Business Mentor

A mentor’s role in a startup’s survival is critical. However, one cannot discount the importance of a student making the most of the support given. After all, what is the value of good advice if it isn’t acted upon?

Often mentors will provide you with the encouragement you want to hear to keep you motivated, but if you are making a mistake, it is paramount someone puts you straight and points you in the right direction. I myself have had many mentors in my life, but the most influential person on both my life and career has been my father. He was a credible businessman, and his tenacity to persevere as an entrepreneur has created the foundation for my own determination in business. It is probably why I have always taken an interest in supporting new businesses and why I have always lifted myself up whenever I have failed.

Iʼve spent a lot of time mentoring people, most recently as part of my role in VS, Season 1 (TV Reality/Docu-Series / Premieres 2021).

“What’s the point in having all of this knowledge and experience, if you’re not going to share it?”

That’s what I say. Helping fellow entrepreneurs realise their aspirations is something I am very passionate about. This is why I believe without a doubt that mentoring is up there with the most crucial aspects of the startup journey.

Mentors, however, can only do so much without the effort from your side. It’s all well and good providing you with the support to help you and your startup stay up, but it isn’t a one-way relationship. As a student, you have to be prepared to listen and take up this advice; otherwise it has no worth.

When meeting your mentor, it is vital to know the steps to take to prepare and make the most out of the intelligence you are given. The first thing you must ensure is that you regularly meet or speak to them. Make the time to keep them updated on your business, and before each meeting, send over a short agenda so they can prepare some information you might find relevant. In the same way, do your homework between meetings. The mentor is volunteering their time, and will be more responsive if you really appreciate it. This will form a more informal relationship, making them more responsive to your queries as well. Of course, setting goals of what you hope to achieve, and gauging the boundaries of your mentor-student relationship will preface your rapport, but it is worth keeping in mind you won’t get anything if you don’t ask for it. Be forthcoming and it will ultimately help your startup.

“Mentoring is not easy either, for the student or the teacher. The experience is a constant learning path.”

Everyone needs a helping hand, no matter who you are. It is important to remember though, a mentor won’t necessarily remove all the obstacles your startup faces, but they can certainly show you a better route to get to where you need to go.


News.

The producers are going deep into the vault, where they are going to share new stories, scenes, backstories, and many surprises. There will be a total of 2 seasons, and the reboot will have a new name, VS. Premieres 2021 on Amazon Prime, Apple TV, Roku, Xbox, H2HTV and many more outlets in 31 counties worldwide.

This TV Reality/Docu-Series uncovers 3 components vital to every entrepreneurʼs success

Three entrepreneurs are transformed after learning the importance of these three critical lessons.

In a new docu-series, VS, Season 2 (Premieres 2021), you follow entrepreneurs as they experience the ebbs and flows of launching and scaling a successful business. As three individuals sell their ideas and compete for funding, the grueling process transforms not only their companies, but the entrepreneurs as well.

By the end of the show, ideas and technology aside, three things stood out as the keys to success–and they’re great lessons for all entrepreneurs.

1. Vulnerability is the greatest gesture of strength.

The tv reality/docu-series kicks off with with a string of pitches. In two minutes, contestants are given an opportunity to sell their ideas and businesses to a panel of CEOs, talent leaders, investors, and strategists from across the globe.

Once the pitches were over, the audience’s feedback was different than I expected. In addition to critiquing the ideas, many of the panelists made comments about the entrepreneurs’ coachability–their awareness, listening skills, and adaptability. In fact, some contestants were selected based on these factors alone.

Take Glyn Blaize, founder of Northstar Innovation Group and winner of The Movement. He had a great idea, but his initial pitch left many people questioning the value of his product. Rather than getting defensive, he welcomed each criticism as an opportunity to refine. He allowed himself to be put in a vulnerable position where aspects of his plan could be exposed, but rather than writing everyone off and minimizing their feedback, he used it to enhance his business.

According to a study by Leadership IQ, a leadership training and research firm founded by New York Times bestselling author Mark Murphy, 46 percent of new employees fail within 18 months because they could not accept constructive criticism and feedback from their managers. They lacked the “coachability factor.”

Whether you’re a new employee or an entrepreneur, this serves as an important reminder that you can’t expect others to help you if you’re not willing to help yourself. Opening the door to criticism is as vulnerable as it gets. But if you’re not ready to place the business’s success above your pride, then don’t be surprised if it fails.

“Vulnerability is not weakness. It takes courage and confidence. It’s counterintuitive, but being open about your limitations could be the key to unlocking your full potential.”

2. Mentors can be the missing piece to the puzzle.

I’ve been fortunate to have had mentors all throughout my career. If it wasn’t for their guidance and support, I’m certain that my trajectory would be entirely different.

Unfortunately, many overlook the coaches they have access to and attempt to tackle everything on their own. I don’t know if this is because of pride, impatience, or a fear of being exposed. But a great mentor, in my experience, can save you months, if not years, of unnecessary struggle.

One of the major themes that came through VS, Season 2 tv series experience was the emphasis on mentorship. The powerhouse cast consisted of executives and leaders from North America, the UK, and Asia Pacific. In total, there were hundreds of years of experience and wisdom in the room.

With their direction, each one of the three finalists made massive strides toward enhancing their business. From upgrading value propositions to the creation of revenue models, each entrepreneur solved a critical problem that was impeding the growth of their companies.

“Regardless of the tasks at hand, there are others who have experience in overcoming them. It can be scary to open up and admit shortcomings, but a mentor can help you navigate career-limiting hurdles.”

3. Success is not the end. Failure is not the end.

The journey–building a career or business–doesn’t end with success or failure. Even with success, there are problems to solve and obstacles to overcome. Instead of measuring your value by wins or losses, fall in love with the process. Then, regardless of whether or not you fail or succeed, you’re still growing.

In the words of Winston Churchill, “Success is not final, failure is not fatal: It’s the courage to continue that counts.”

In many cases throughout the show, the entrepreneurs had to overcome stumbling blocks created by both their successes and their failures. It’s all a part of the process. Regardless of whether you’re currently prospering or persevering, you’re still progressing–and that’s all we can ever hope for.

In my opinion, therein lies the significance behind The Movement. In the words of Benjamin Franklin,

“There are three sorts of people in the world: Those who are immovable, people who don’t get it, or don’t want to do anything about it; there are people who are movable, people who see the need for change and are prepared to listen to it; and there are people who move, people who make things happen.”

This tv reality/docu-series is focused on encouraging people to make things happen, and continue to move forward. And if more people feel emboldened to do so, that in itself will be a movement.


News.

The producers are going deep into the vault, where they are going to share new stories, scenes, backstories, and many surprises. There will be a total of 2 seasons, and the reboot will have a new name, VS. Premieres 2021 on Amazon Prime, Apple TV, Roku, Xbox, H2HTV and many more outlets in 31 counties worldwide.

How This Entrepreneur Created a Hit Docu-Series By Observing a Painful Trend

How would you re-engineer the business side of talent? In my interview with the creator of Top Recruiter, we discuss the show that’s transforming an industry.

It was in the midst of these trying times that Chris LaVoie, Creator and Executive Producer of VS, Season 1 and Founder of LaVoie Entertainment, found inspiration that would forever alter the course of his career (and potentially an industry).

This series is a global movement of CEOʼs who are re-engineering and reinventing industries . The brand is driven by a groundbreaking tv reality/docu-series soon to be re-broadcasted across channels like Amazon Prime, iTunes, Apple TV, Roku, H2HTV in over 31 countries worldwide.

What motivated you to pursue the film industry and start your own production company?

Out of school, I started my career in the advertising space. To remain competitive as an advertiser, you have to be in tune with trending topics. During 2010 and 2011, the one subject that was undoubtedly on peoples’ minds was securing work. It didn’t matter if you were actively looking or gainfully employed, everyone wanted a better handle on the job market.

Another big trend that was captivating audiences was the shift to video content. Everywhere you looked, people were consuming vast amounts on platforms like YouTube. As someone who produced countless white papers and webinars in the Talent Management space, I knew that the industry needed to switch to video marketing.

Combining those two trends with a passion for helping people, I wanted to create a platform that could both elevate an industry stricken by the recession and educate people/businesses on ways to better manage their talent and careers. It took a few years, but I finally decided to take the plunge, quit my day job, and write/produce a docu-series based on the recruiting and HR industry.

When did you know that you had a great idea?

I had very little experience and no precedents to work off of, but with the time I spent servicing the talent management industry, I knew that I wasn’t alone. I called all of my contacts in the space, raised the necessary funds, and sent out an open casting call in faith that if I could build a platform, then the right people would come. What happened next was something special. We received over 3,000 applications in the first 24 hours from some of the top minds in the recruiting/HR industry. It was at that moment I realized this was something bigger than myself.

What makes Top Recruiter different?

In 2010/2011, a couple of the top business-focused TV shows were Shark Tank and The Apprentice. Although these programs did a great job of dramatizing and depicting the allure of starting, owning, and operating a business, they didn’t, however, emphasize the importance of mentorship. Creating a startup is sexy, but making it successful and scaling it sucks. If you want to build and sustain a prosperous business, then mentorship is where it’s at.

With this angle, I sought out emerging entrepreneurs in the talent management space and built a process where they could be coached and mentored by some of the best CEO’s, talent leaders, investors, and strategists in the world. The result is a mix between TED Talks and Shark Tank.

Fast forward six years later, weʼve created 3 seasons of Top Recruiter & 2 seasons of a new series has been dubbed, “The Movement” titled now, VS. Very pleased with our progress so far.

What are your aspirations moving forward?

Our mission is the same question we ask all of our contestants: “How would you re-engineer the business side of talent?” I want the Top Recruiter brand to be known for substance, intellectual horsepower, and showcasing thought leadership. Most importantly, a brand that’s focused on executing — not just a show of mountaintop experiences where your leave feeling invigorated and wake up at home deflated.

To say that my talk with LaVoie was inspiring would be an understatement. After reflecting back on our conversation, it became apparent that four major themes stood out in Lavoie’s story. To inspire a movement you need a clear vision, a well-defined purpose, the right people united and inspired by a common goal, and then you need to let go of the reins. Creativity/TV magic will only flourish if the right conditions are present. LaVoie has managed to produce all four.


News.

The producers are going deep into the vault, where they are going to share new stories, scenes, backstories, and many surprises. There will be a total of 2 seasons, and the reboot will have a new name, VS. Premieres 2021 on Amazon Prime, Apple TV, Roku, Xbox, H2HTV and many more outlets in 31 counties worldwide.

How James Caan and Karren Brady Plan to Find the World’s Top Entrepreneur

They hope to find an entrepreneur with an idea so powerful it will shape their industry for years to come.

Well, if you’re James Caan (celebrity business investor, Hamilton Bradshaw Group) and Karren Brady (celebrity business executive, Baroness Brady of Knightsbridge) you join forces with the tv reality/docu-series, VS, Season 1. Then you go out and rent a massive chateau in Europe and bring in 50 of the top CEO’s, founders, investors – industry leaders in entrepreneurship to have them discuss business, people, and innovation over a period of five days.

There will be two teams, North America vs. Europe, competing to find a single entrepreneur whose idea will re-engineer their industry.  Season 1 was to focus on the future of work. 

The show’s founder and executive producer, Chris Lavoie is certain the collaborative competition will produce extraordinary results:

We are not interested in “disrupting” industries. You never change things by fighting the existing reality. To change something, build a new global model that has real movement and momentum. This docu-series is to showcase what is good in people and business (in a sometimes negative noisy world).

What sets this show apart is the amount of counseling and coaching the entrepreneurs will get from top executives from around the world.  Executives like Darren Ryemill, Founder of Opus Talent, Amy Golding, CEO, CEO of Opus Talent & Tom Glanfield, CEO of LHi will be directing the entrepreneurs as they develop ideas that will solve an industry problem, then helping make and refine their pitch and face scrutiny from the celebrity business executive panel.

Entrepreneurs on other shows face heavy scrutiny from celebrity judges, but they don’t get a lot of mentorship or coaching on how to advance their ideas. VS. is focused on communication and mentorship. It’s much more than just a group of entrepreneurs making a pitch.

Here is Baroness Karren Brady on why the concept of mentorship is playing such a large role in the show and the development plan of the entrepreneurs:

You’ll find that most successful entrepreneurs credit a mentor or mentors. It’s the entrepreneurs who are able to sponge up the wisdom of others, and then, when the time is right, pay it forward by becoming mentors themselves.

When it comes to entrepreneurs in the recruiting industry, there is almost nobody more influential than the seventh-most-followed Influencer on LinkedIn, James Caan, who boasts investments in more than 20 recruiting firms.

Caan shared with me his hope for how the show will help facilitate advancements in the industry:

I’m excited about what this series stands for. It’s a global movement of business leaders who want to elevate the reputation of the business side of talent.

Here’s how the challenge between the two teams will play out:

Round 1: The pitch

Each entrepreneur will have just 90 seconds to pitch their business idea for their respective regions (North America and Europe).  Each region has a chairperson, chief executives, advisors, and global counselors. After each entrepreneur gives their pitch, there will be a Q&A from leadership.

Only one entrepreneur from each team will be selected to move forward. The entrepreneurs who were not selected will stay with their team to help support the entrepreneur whose idea was chosen.

Round 2: Refine the Business Concept

Each entrepreneur will now have the opportunity to refine their business concepts and work with their team and mentors.  This round is all about the leaders preparing the entrepreneurs and their team for the final round.

Round 3: Face the Celebrity Business Moguls of Brady & Caan

The final two entrepreneurs from North America and Europe will compete in London (at the painted hall).  They will face the executive panel (celebrity business minds Karren Brady and James Caan).  Only one entrepreneur will have their idea will be accepted, and that person will be the winner.

Which team will produce the winning entrepreneur?

With the best of Silicon Valley, it seems that team North America has emerged as the early favorite.  However, the European team brings a lot of talent to the table, so the Americans better be prepared to bring there A game.  Each team believes it can win.


News.

The producers are going deep into the vault, where they are going to share new stories, scenes, backstories, and many surprises. There will be a total of 2 seasons, and the reboot will have a new name, VS. Premieres 2021 on Amazon Prime, Apple TV, Roku, Xbox, H2HTV and many more outlets in 31 counties worldwide.

Top Recruiter: Miami Is Big Business

DOWN TO BUSINESS WITH CREATIVE DIRECTOR & EXECUTIVE PRODUCER CHRIS LAVOIE

What is your position within the show Top Recruiter?

I am the Creator & Executive Producer of the show.

What is the show Top Recruiter about?

Top Recruiter is a reality series – where 6 recruiters come together and take on a series of challenges based on the job market. We aim to showcase the process of what happens behind the scenes of a recruiters job. Through that process, we want to give job seekers some insight and tricks of the trade so they may implement some in their job hunting endeavors. Plus there’s great drama between these huge personalities.

What category does Top Recruiter fall under in reality TV, is it a planned or a followed story?

I am a big fan of the “unexpected”! This is the reason why we have no script on set. As the executive producer, I read the human behavior on set and develop the day’s filming format.

How did you come up with the idea of Top Recruiter?

The idea of Top Recruiter was born in the dawn of the recession. We realized then, like many people did, that things were about to change- quickly. We also realized that while many people were losing their jobs and homes, there were other opportunities as a direct result of this recession. We knew that many people simply did not have the inside knowledge that a recruiter has. We wanted to deliver this information in a way that was entertaining so that people would watch and learn and hopefully apply the information to their situation and thrive. There was so much doom and gloom hovering over us as a country that we really felt something should be done. I have always had a passion for film, I just took my two passions and married them.

What’s the process of casting your stars?

1. The single most important characteristic is knowledge base. For us, we want the show to be credible. We want to educate and only people with real expertise can really do that, right?

2. Secondly, this is a show – and shows need to be entertaining to keep any attention by the viewer. So we look for bold personalities who don’t cringe at the sight of a camera. They simply need to be comfortable in front of the camera, not everyone can do that.

3. Confidence, Confidence, Confidence!!

What job markets do Top Recruiters target?

EVERY Industry.

What are your Top Recruiters competing for amongst each other?

The “reputation” of being the world’s best. Every winner has seen a tremendous elevation in their career and personal brand.

Once a winner is selected what is the Grand Prize?

A dinner with me. Did I just say that?! Seriously, they win something pretty – Job Security They really could work at any Fortune 500 company if they wanted to. Just as long as they still perform to their abilities.

Has Top Recruiter Miami achieved the success you were hoping for?

We couldn’t be happier with the achievements of Top Recruiter. We set out to help a very important industry at a very important time in our country’s history. We feel that we helped shed some light on how to get ourselves out of a rut. There have been a number of publications that have been written about the show, and in them, I find the meaning of success.

What inspires you the most in making your business decisions?

As I turn 40 years old, I want to work on projects that make sense in 2 areas. One, it needs to “move” me. I need to be “turned” on. There needs to be a “risk” factor. Secondly, it needs to make sense financially. Since I will be working 95% of the time raising the funds for each reality series or film I am working on – I need to see that my time is valued. I perform at a high standard and expect nothing less.


News.

Due to popular demand, Top Recruiter is currently being remastered into 4K resolution. In addition, the producers are going deep into the vault, where they are going to share new stories, scenes, backstories, and many surprises. There will be a total of 3 seasons, and the reboot will have a new name, Top Recruiter: Miami. Premieres 2021 on Amazon Prime, Apple TV, Roku, Xbox, H2HTV and many more outlets in 31 counties worldwide.