Author Archives: patrice

Restaurant Metaphor on Health Care

Health Care is the topic of today.  The thought of our government managing the nation's health care system is very scary.  We can't even get the simple things right.  How many of you are capable of filing your own tax returns?  The...

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The 4 Hour Work Week

This is one of my all time favorite books. I have read  The 4 Hour Work Week three times and its a regular "go to" on my night stand. Those of you who know me, already know I will probably never...

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Unbelievable Restaurant Concept!

So fellow restaurant recruiters, do you think you could find restaurant managers for this concept? What are your thoughts? Do you think a restaurant with the Toilet Theme would work in your neighborhood? Would you eat here?  Would you take...

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The San Francisco Sourdough Eatery Plans Up to 100 New Locations

The Milwaukee Business Journal recently reported that the San Francisco Sourdough Eatery Inc. plans to expand its franchise into Wisconsin, eventually opening as many as 100 locations over the course of the next three years. In addition to the Wisconsin...

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Chain Restaurants Offer Free Food During Recession

Whether it's to introduce an customers to a new menu item,  launch a new location, or celebrate National Cow Appreciation Day, restaurants everywhere are finding reasons to give away free food.  As the recession has played a discouraging role in...

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Patrice’s Book Recommendations

I'm sure many of you, if you're in the recruitment or hospitality industry, have the same problem that I do - how to prepare great meals when you don't have time (or in my case the skill!) to be a...

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Chipotle Engages Customers with Contest

In the latest advertising campaign for Chipotle Mexican Grill, they ask their biggest burrito fans to get creative and tell the world how they like their burrito. It encourages fans to submit original pictures and videos about their favorite burrito...

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Some of Our Contest Entries

Since our Web site went live, it's been a pleasure reading the Patrice and Associates Venting Wall on our new microsite, I also get to take a look at the contest submissions as they come in.  They are pretty...

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Did You Get That Memo? Our Microsite is Live!

With the new Patrice and Associates  microsite,, we are making work days a little more fun. This site is a place for people to have fun at work, and vent about past or current jobs. Visitors can spend time...

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What Clients Say About Patrice & Associates

  • I was in a bit of a dilemma when trying to find a new career path. I searched all over many job posting sites. I was going to call it quits then, from a stroke of luck, Markus from Patrice and Associates contacted me. He told me all about what he does and what he has accomplished as a recruiter. I knew my career was in his competent hands and I felt complete faith in him. I have never worked with someone who puts themselves in their client's shoes. Together we persevered through many interviews and came out on top. He will only see the good in your career and will find the best fit that will develop your career. From here on out, I consider him a friend of mine who will go above and beyond and represents what Patrice and Associates stands for. Whenever I get the chance, I will give his name to anyone who is looking for a career change and tell them, "Markus is the guy that will help you. Just give him a call!" Mario Ordonez
  • Working with Mercedes was an absolute pleasure. She took the time to get to know me and what I was looking for out of a new position and an Employer, ensuring it was a good fit for all parties involved. She regularly called or emailed me with updates, which helped ease my anticipation during the interviewing process. Mercedes was without a doubt one of the most professional and considerate recruiters I have dealt with, working with me around my schedule. I would recommend her services to anyone I know in the industry and would absolutely work with her again in the future.
  • I am writing to express my gratitude to Rusty Umphenour for helping me successfully secure a General Manager position in a well-established corporation.  Rusty was extremely professional and very helpful during the entire process - he followed up each and every step of the way.  I can't thank him enough for his guidance and expert advice.  I would highly recommend Rusty as a reliable contact to anyone who is looking for a recruiter that works hard to find exactly what you are looking for. Thank you again Rusty, you are much appreciated.
  • Alicia was awesome in helping me. She was informative, encouraging, and extremely helpful in this journey. Definitely would recommend her! Anthony Petruccelli
  • It has been a pleasure working with Jay Gray, Owner with Patrice & Associates. We’re a small business that’s rapidly growing and they have consistently worked hard and have provided quick results. It’s taken the hiring stress off of us, so we have more time to focus on other important aspects of our business. They are on top of everything, and we can always depend on them to answer our calls, questions, and provide meaningful feedback.