I wish I could save everyone from being as foolish as we were when we hired this firm. You would think, as an experienced recruiter, I'd know better... alas, we can all be fooled at times.
My husband hired this company to help him get in front of some private equity firms. He spoke with Wes Strauss who performed a decent sales pitch and convinced us to invest $1500 upfront. For this Wes would aggressively market my husband for 3 weeks. He guaranteed my husband at least one interview. Upon placement we would owe another $10K. Wes confidently said we can mark up the contract however we wished. We added detail to qualify the interview -- must be an actual and viable opportunity, my husband must be qualified, the salary must fall within a certain range etc.
After paying the $1500 we never heard from the recruiter, but once responding by email that he was much too busy to talk. One day before the 3 week guarantee was to expire my husband receives a call from a PE agent, Douglass Robinson with a position based in California. During this 20-minute call, nothing significant is revealed about the opportunity nor does Mr. Robinson provide any contact information for himself. Wes Strauss quickly follows up to congratulate my husband on the call and ask for more money to continue his recruiting. Being suspicious, we elect to wait to see where the call leads. Not surprisingly the dubious position is put on hold and an actual interview never takes place. When my husband asked for his refund Top Gun owner, Craig Chrest, suggested he would do some marketing on my husband's behalf. Again, we never hear from him. I began my research on the company and quickly uncovered their "F-Rating" on the BBB. After doing more research I discovered many others who had been duped by this outfit. I contacted my credit card company with this information and our $1500 was refunded. We didn't hear from the company for a couple of months until, out of the blue, Douglass Robinson contacts my husband to say the position opened up. Immediately Wes calls to congratulate Jeff and then say "we need to collect that $1500 from you." This all seemed like fraud so my husband emails Douglass Robinson to say "thanks, but no thanks."
I since did a background search on Douglass B Robinson and discovered this is an 80-year old man (the man who called my husband was much younger than that.) Mr. Robinson's website www.robinson-ops.com is basic and provides no contact information which is unusual for any business that is recruiting for Private Equity. I've also recently uncovered that there was a Doug Robinson on linked in who was an employee of Top Gun.
Craig Chrest, the owner of Top Gun Executive Group is a crook and an experienced scam artist. He invests money in SEO and in creating fictitious employees and clients to facilitate his scam operation. The BBB has my complaint on file but cannot do anything with it since we canceled our payment and Top Gun Executive doesn't owe us any money. Their industry is not regulated in Texas so they don't need a license, which is why I suspect they've been able to get away with this for a while. I have however contacted the Attorney General's office (spoke with them for 20 minutes) and am in the process of filing a formal complaint and working with them to stop this group. If you have had a similar experience, I urge you to file a report with the Attorney General's office in Texas. https://www.oag.state.tx.us/consumer/filing.shtml
Bottom Line: Save your money! This firm, and its owner Craig Chrest, is a scam. He preys on people who are already trying to navigate the job search in a challenging economy. There are reputable headhunters and recruiting firms out there who will work hard to market you and probably won't charge you for it either.