Meet Our Management Team

Patrice Rice, CEO and Founder
Brian Miller, COO
Derek Spurlock, President and Compliance Officer
Danielle Scott, Franchise Development
Debi Dakis, National Account Manager
Nadine Vauthier, Executive Assistant

Patrice Rice, CEO and Founder

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patrice-picPatrice Rice has an entrepreneurial background with a history of building successful businesses. Her hospitality career began in the hotel industry where she was the Sales Manager for the Holiday Inn and the Director of Sales and Marketing for the Lord Baltimore Hotel in the Baltimore Inner Harbor. Her entrepreneurial career started when she opened Chesapeake Cruising, the largest fleet of powerboats for charter on the Chesapeake Bay. She became the first woman Captain on the Chesapeake and launched the industry of corporate entertaining on luxury yachts in the Baltimore Inner Harbor. Patrice then purchased and operated a marina restaurant from when she further developed a catering service specializing in the yachting industry.
Patrice & Associates opened in 1989 and has grown to be one of the largest hospitality recruiting firms in the country. For over 20 years, Patrice has been a staffing partner with some of the largest corporations providing hospitality managers at all levels.

Patrice is driven to stand apart from others through the development of recruiters and franchisees that share her same belief and which has been the cornerstone of her business, “Recruiting is not about money, it is about helping people”.

With an extensive training program based on her business model, Patrice has developed a network of successful recruiters nationwide and is now expanding the company’s reach and effectiveness through franchisees. Her commitment to the success of others is evident throughout her organization.

Patrice Rice, who founded Patrice & Associates in 1989, is recognized as an expert in the area of Jobs in the Restaurant and Hospitality Industries. She has been quoted in many articles and has been interviewed on television news stations. Recently Patrice was one of 12 women selected, out of 5,000 submissions, to be featured on the 2011 Women in Business Calendar that will be available in bookstores nationwide and on amazon.com.

Some of the publications that sought advice from and included Patrice’s expertise in articles include Forbes, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, QSR Magazine, HR Executive and Business News.

Patrice has also been sought by television news stations to share her expertise in the Hospitality Job Market. She has appeared on Fox 35 News Orlando and the Washington Business Tonight news program.

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Brian Miller, COO

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Brian, joined in May 2014 as an equity partner, has expertise in all aspects of the Patrice & Associates model – staffing/recruiting & franchising. Brian’s extensive experience in franchise operations, development, strategic planning and marketing makes him a professional tour de force in the franchising industry. With Brian on the team, Patrice & Associates can continue to expand its existing franchise network, while providing our franchisees the resources they need to ensure success in their communities.

Brian will support and enhance Patrice & Associates’ ongoing mission to connect the country’s most respected restaurant brands with the industry’s top culinary and managerial talent. His leadership will set the direction for aggressive global growth.

Brian has 25 years in franchising and 16 years at a leading full service staffing and recruiting industry franchisor, Snelling Staffing. During his tenure with Snelling, he was responsible for franchisee training and ramp up, human resources, national accounts and company operations. He was responsible for the profitability of corporate and franchised offices as well as personally owned and operated several locations.

Prior to Patrice & Associates, Brian was also the COO of FranchiseSource Brands International, a global, multi-brand franchisor best known as the parent company of The Entrepreneur’s Source (TES). As an industry innovator, Brian has been called upon regularly to speak to franchising executives in seminar formats, and has appeared as an expert with multiple news media organizations.

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Derek Spurlock, President and Compliance Officer

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As an equity partner, Derek has been part of the Patrice & Associates growth since 2005. Derek has over 20 years of IT experience as a senior level network engineer and project manager.

Derek’s ability and vision has kept Patrice & Associates on the cutting edge of technology. Managing all aspects of our “paperless” system including the Applicant Track System, Email and Cell Phone Integration and Social Media allows franchisees to run their business from remote locations.

Derek manages the back office support for Patrice & Associates. He oversees the accounting department and is the liaison with the corporate CPA. Having extensive background in web development, Derek develops microsites and creates web presence for franchisees.

Branding is a top priority to Patrice & Associates and Derek oversees the development and production of our brochures, promotional items, trade show booth design and is responsible for planning our annual convention. Derek’s contributions have forged Patrice & Associates to the next level of professionalism in keeping with their branding efforts and franchising program.
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Danielle Scott, Franchise Development

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Danielle_finalDanielle joined Patrice & Associates in March, 2012 bringing more than 20 years of experience in the hospitality industry as well as an impressive record of success in Franchise Development.

Danielle’s hospitality expertise stems from positions as General Manager and Regional Manager for such outstanding concepts as Mortons of Chicago, Bucca di Peppo and House of Blues. She has held executive positions in franchising with Cosi, Inc. and Sylvan Learning. Danielle also brings experience as a successful franchisee to her position as she formed a company that purchased and operated 6 Sylvan Learning Centers.

Danielle’s unique background gives her unprecedented insight to recruiting in the hospitality business, developing successful franchisees and overcoming the challenges of owning your own business. She has a contagious passion for the level of support required to make franchisees at Patrice & Associates successful.

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Debi Dakis, National Account Manager

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DebiDebi joined Patrice & Associates in January 2012 as a Recruiter successfully finding candidates new management careers in the hospitality industry. In November 2012, she joined the Corporate Team as an Account Manager where she interacts with clients ensuring customer satisfaction, works with the National Account Manager in updating job postings, and represents Patrice & Associates at local and national networking events. She brings a lot of positive energy and enthusiasm to the office.

Debi has over 30 years’ experience in the non- profit associations and private industry. Her Hospitality experience was gained from her many years of trade shows and meeting planning. Her experience ranges from trade show management, meeting planning, sales and project management. Her Recruiter background stems from focus group recruitment in the residential building industry. Her Sales and Management experience was in private industry in various markets.

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Nadine Vauthier, Executive Assistant

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Nadine joined Patrice & Associates in the spring of 2010 and provides administrative support for our growing organization. Having prior hospitality, sales, management and hiring experience, Nadine handles the administrative and organizational duties here at Patrice & Associates. Nadine’s “behind the scenes” support plays an integral role in the smooth operation of Patrice & Associates. Some of her duties include management of all shipping logistics; help with Franchisee compliance tracking, web site maintenance, Accounts receivable/Accounts payable and contacting potentially new recruiters. She is also responsible for coordinating travel arrangements for and often attending national trade shows in support of Patrice & Associates franchising efforts.
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