We believe, and specialize in finding the perfect fit to deliver rewarding careers and grow great brands.

With over 130 franchise business owners and over 275 recruiters, our team can tailor recruiting searches to fit your specific needs in the U.S. and Canada.

Meet our CEO and COO

Patrice Rice, CEO and Founder

Patrice Rice, CEO and Founder - Patrice & AssociatesPatrice Rice has an entrepreneurial background with a history of building successful businesses. Her entrepreneurial career started when she opened Chesapeake Cruising, the first 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 where she further developed a catering service specializing in the yachting industry.

She successfully ran a hospitality recruiting agency, from her home, for 20 years before she started franchising. Also, during that same time, she owned a Pet Store for 10 years.

Patrice is recognized as an expert in the hospitality job market and has been on television, radio and quoted in publications like Forbes, Nation’s Restaurant News, CNN Money and many others.

Patrice loves animals and has raised parrots and trained dogs for competition.  She has rescued and owned monkeys.  She currently has 3 dogs, an African Gray and Umbrella Cockatoo parrot and 4 Alpacas.

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”.

 

Brian Miller, COO and Partner

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. Brian has 25 years in franchising and 16 years at a leading full-service staffing and recruiting industry franchisor, Snelling Staffing.

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

Sourcing top quality candidates for great brands and building rewarding careers.

Jason Miller, Director Franchise Development and Marketing

Jason comes to Patrice & Associates with eleven years of franchise sales and marketing experience. He spent the majority of his career with a large franchise coaching and consulting firm.  He has a proven track record not only in franchise development and sales but is known for his passion for matching the right people with the right opportunity.  Jason exemplifies our Core Values of Respect, Excellence, Service and Teamwork.

Jason leads the franchise development department in sourcing the right business partners for Patrice & Associates.  Additionally he develops brand awareness programs and attends trade shows representing the Patrice model.

 

Donna Miller, Director of Business Development

Donna Miller comes to us with over 25 years of Sales and Management experience, 10 years of Franchising experience, and 6 years of Staffing Industry experience both at a franchisee and headquarters level. Donna’s primary function will be to assist the company in expanding its Corporate Clients by acquiring new multi-unit concept clients; assist in developing leads for system wide dissemination; and assist in other sales and customer service related activities.

 

 

Ivy McMahon, Training Coordinator & National Account Manager

Ivy joined Patrice & Associates as a lead getter in 2010, became a top producing recruiter and joined the franchising team as the Franchise Coordinator and National Account Manager. Ivy supports franchisees in the start-up of their new business, assists with training and mentors news franchisees. Ivy previously owned her own travel agency.

 

Denise McNeil, Accounting Manager

Denise joined Patrice & Associates in 2012 part time updating our database. She then joined full time where she worked in the Accounting Department. Denise was promoted to Account Manager where she works directly with our CPA and is responsible for billing, collections and paying franchisees. Denise previously came from the banking industry where she was the Branch Manager of a local bank.

 

Donavan Thomas, Franchise Coordinator

Donavan started his career in life as a professional figure skater until such time as he decided it was time to look for a new career path.  He joined Patrice & Associates in 2011 as a Recruiter.  Donavan exemplifies the mantra that “if you follow the system the system works” – figure skater to recruiter.  He became a very successful Senior Recruiter and then transitioned to the franchising side of P&A as the Franchise Coordinator.  Donavan works with people exploring a franchise opportunity with Patrice & Associates by facilitating the process and scheduling people step-by-step through the Discovery Process.

 

Brian Martin, Award Winning Franchisee and Trainer

Brian has been with Patrice & Associates for 7 years starting as a recruiter in Patrice’s office.  He was promoted to Manager, then joined our franchising company as the Director of Recruiting where he visited and trained Regional Developers.  Brian is a multi-award winning franchisee and participates in training classes to help new franchisees get started in their new venture.  Brian has received many awards for excellence.

 

 

Helen Nourai, Award Winning Franchisee, Mentor and Trainer

Helen has been an award winning franchisee with Patrice & Associates for 6 years. She comes from a staffing background with Snelling and was happy to be out of the temp business and working in a more professional culture. Helen is a consultant to Patrice & Associates as a Trainer and Mentor to new franchisees.

 

 

George & Sue Wooten, Regional Developers and Trainers

George & Sue are the Regional Developers for DC/VA/NC.  They have a successful office of recruiters and are outstanding mentors for the franchisees in their region.  They add a different dimension to the training of new franchisees in each Academy.

 

 

 

Mercedes & Jay Gray, Regional Developers and Trainers 

Mercedes Concepcion-Gray, along with her husband Jay, is a Regional Developer for GA & N. Florida.  Mercedes and Jay were award Regional Developers of the year in 2017 & 2018.  Mercedes has a successful office and are outstanding mentors for the franchisees in their region.  Mercedes also is a coach for all new Regional Developers.

 

 


Regional Developers

What Clients Say About Patrice & Associates

  • I had been searching for a restaurant management opportunity for about 4 weeks and had very little luck.  I couldn't seem to find the "right" position or find the "right"person to help me.  Then I came across the ad from Patrice and Associates recruiting for a kitchen manager for one of their clients.  So I completed another application, submitted my resume and waited.

    To my surprise, I received a phone call the next morning from Tom Schmitt, a recruiter with Patrice and Associates about an opportunity for a kitchen manager.  Tom provided great details about the position, and the company.  He asked questions about me as a potential employee and also about what interest me outside of work.  He told me he would submit my resume and he believed I would be a great fit. 3 weeks later, I am in training with this concept and thoroughly enjoy every aspect of it. Tom was right.....it is a great fit!  By using his personal knowledge of the restaurant business and his contacts gained over 20 plus years, he is a great recruiter. Theresa Coker To my surprise, I received a phone call the next morning from Tom Schmitt ...
  • I want to start by saying this journey for me was truly a life changing move, and I had met and interviewed with 6-7 different recruiters. I immediately clicked with Margo in our phone interview. She asked all the right questions professionally and personally to really find the perfect fit for my first job in the city. Due to her hard work, I was able to take a leadership role instead of having to take a few steps back. Every interview she called no matter time, day, or night to ensure I was prepared. We talked almost every day to keep each other in the loop. I personally have never experienced such diligence, and expertise when it comes to recruitment. I truly thank your agency, and Margo for finding me my perfect fit in the city. Margo is one of a kind, and if I ever need a job she will be the ONLY recruiter I use to place me. Thank you again, your agency is the best!  Nicholas Manos This journey for me was truly a life changing move ....
  • “I want to thank Jillian Parker for reaching out to me with this amazing opportunity. I honestly think this was a perfect fit. I’ll be passing her info on to anyone who is looking for a management position. When Jillian reached out to me for a new manager position, it was like the window of opportunity flew open with hurricane force. I explained to her that I was being very picky about my next career move. She put me at ease, she put all the cards on the table, had immediate answers for my questions, and even did more research to help me make a decision. She knocked out any obstacles before the came and even gave me interview tips for every step. Her communication was impeccable and her guidance was even more so. Jillian made sure that I was taken care of monetarily by getting a nice increase with the transition. After two weeks at my new job I realize that this was a perfect fit and I owe it all to her. I want to thank her again for all that she’s done and I couldn’t be happier with my new career.” - Tanner Lahmers this was a perfect fit and I owe it all to Jillian in the Honolulu office!
  • “Chris is hands down one of the best recruiters I have worked with in my job searches. He is genuinely enthusiastic and highly motivated in finding that "perfect" match. Not only does he create a meaningful relationship with his candidates, but it is that same gusto that keeps him well connected to all his clients and opens up an abundance of possible placement opportunities.  He is honest, dependable, and always reachable. I am absolutely certain Chris will get you where you want to be!” Best of luck to Chris at Patrice & Associates!   Tianna Chris is hands down one of the best recruiters I have worked with in my job searches.
  •   Fajar is amazingly  professional, kind, and very easy to talk to.  She was always just an phone call text or email away. She responded extremely fast to every question I've asked her even if I emailed her after 5 pm. She anticipated my needs as an applicant. Fajar gave  me so much vital information that prepared me for my interviews. Honestly I wouldn’t have thought to research in such depth on my own. She kept me motivated whenever I doubted myself. She  is just a great person around the board and I know the sky is the limit for her because she is genuinely cares Paula Asaije . She kept me motivated whenever I doubted myself....Fajar helps someone else get a job!
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