Prior to joining Patrice & Associates I served as Lead Sales Consultant for David Weekly Homes, where I discovered my passion for “Building Dreams and Enhancing Lives” through Home-ownership, which I now enthusiastically continue to deliver as a Recruiter. Before that I worked as a Business Development Manager for BOFI in San Diego. Prior to that, my love for the Ocean and Scuba Diving carried me to the U.S. Virgin Islands, where I was a Dive Instructor and Boat Captain running my own Charter Business.
My core strengths are Sales, Business Development, Networking, and Relationship Building.
I enjoy anything to do with the water, boating, fishing, scuba diving as well as skiing/snowboarding, experiencing new cultures and adventures through traveling, and spending time with friends and family.
I was born and raised in Montgomery County, Maryland. I was raised by a strong independent mother who taught me at a very early age the importance of determination, self-reliance and taking pride in all you do. I embraced all these concepts of hard work as a young man.
I have always been an entrepreneur at heart, from starting my own lawn care business as a young teen to graduating to a car detailing business I named IDetail, in my later teens, to creating and owning DC Cruisers a custom American made Motorcycle and Choppers Dealership.
I was always searching for new businesses to create to excel my career path. I became an experienced owner with a successful history of working in the business supplies and equipment industry. I created, owned and operated Office Experts in the mid 90’s, then created and owned Office Source in the late 90’s and finally created and owned First Call Office Products in the mid 2000’s all of which were successfully sold and became part of the Staples Organization.
I met the love of my life before I sold First Call, we decided on building a life together on the beautiful shores of the Gulf of Mexico on Anna Maria Island. My entrepreneur spirit rose again searching for a brand new business venture. My wife Eileen and I created a concept too bring an Irish Pub to the Island. We built from scratch, designing, sculpting, creating and owning The Freckled Fin Irish Pub in Holmes Beach. I learned a great deal about every aspect of the restaurant/ bar industry from interviewing, hiring talent for the entire restaurant, to ordering, procurement, menu design concepts, building relationships with vendors, customers and staff, accounting, music industry, sound systems and so much more. You name it; we did it, and built a very successful business. We passed the torch on to other local businessmen whose dream was to own a local Pub.
We are now excited to build a new business together with Patrice and Associates. Each entrepreneurial endeavor allowed me to hone my strong business development skills in negotiation, customer service, sales, and strategic planning.
Basically what my wife says is “ I’m a Rock Star”! I am the negotiator you want on your side. I am thrilled to pave a new course as a Partner at Patrice & Associates of Southwest Florida and look forward to serving you.
I have always felt passionate about helping people foster personal growth, overcome struggles, enrich their lives and feel happy and free to be their best selves. I received my Bachelors Degree from the University of Maryland and my Masters in Social Work from Loyola University of Chicago.
I began my career as a Clinical Social Worker helping individuals and families find their voice, embrace their strengths, promote confidence building, social skills training and ultimately empower them to change their lives for the better. Often times as a Social Worker some of the biggest struggles I witnessed in peoples lives was unhappiness being in the wrong job, not feeling valued and not believing or being aware of the unique gifts they have to offer the world. I could emphasize with my clients struggles to want more for one self and to see themselves utilizing all their talents. For years I had dreamed of being a writer to reach as many people as possible with my gift of storytelling. After a lifetime of putting my writing on the back shelf I finally wrote and self-published my first book; The Legend of The Freckled Finn available on Amazon and various boutique shops. It was an exhilarating feeling of accomplishment.
My continued desire and passion to help people grow on a holistic level led me to create my own Essential Oil line and business OilsbyE! Equally exciting and challenging was creating a restaurant concept and being apart of making that restaurant come to fruition with my husband Scott. We owned and operated The Freckled Fin Irish Pub for the last three years and became involved in all aspects of recruiting, interviewing, hiring and training our staff from back of the house to the front as well as booking nightly musical entertainment. Finding great talent and the right fit for our Pub took time, research and persistence. It became very evident once again from my experience in Social Work that every person comes with their own unique set of skills and talents, as well as personal stories.
I believe and recognize how important and relative in the Hospitality industry it is to know, appreciate and value each person’s story to have a successful business. I believe we all want a better quality of life but many just don’t know how to reach for it! I have been given a wonderful opportunity with Patrice & Associates to use my lifetime of training, education, resources, passion and drive to be of service to others in the Hospitality Industry. My greatest belief and daily mantra is anything is possible if you dare to dream! As a matchmaker for the candidate and client my goal is to help make your dreams a reality.
We provide specialized recruiting solutions for the restaurant, hotel and hospitality industry.
We provide top-notch quality talent you can count on. We are the ultimate match-maker. Our professional and knowledgeable team is able to recognize the finest candidates who meet the specific needs of your organization.
We’ve established networks of genuine relationships that allow us to source the highest-quality talent and execute quickly. Our primary focus is working with clients to help them fill executive and management positions all across the hospitality industry. We believe in placing top level individuals who add value to your organization.
We are proud to be apart of Patrice & Associates, the preeminent hospitality recruiting service in North America since 1989. The company has exclusive recruiting partnerships with some of the nation’s largest restaurant chains and hotels. At Patrice & Associates, our core values are Respect, Service, Excellence and Teamwork and that permeates everything we do. We take great care by providing the best possible service to both our candidates and our client companies.
For Our Clients:
Recruiting for the right talent can be a very complex and frustrating process and a bad hire is one of the costliest mistakes any business can make. It is also less expensive to hire a good recruiter than an inexperienced manager. Our commitment to our clients is to submit only ‘A’ level candidates and simplify and expedite the decision-making process. We will take the time to understand your culture, core values and thoroughly understand your specific needs. Our proprietary system and process give us access to the largest talent pool of Managers in the industry. We streamline and sync our search criteria unique to each client’s specific requirements eliminating and reducing the resume screening time and get results fast
For Our Candidates:
Recruiting the right person for the right job is always our top priority. You can rely on us for unique and unprecedented support and service. Throughout the entire search, selection and interview process we will be your advocate and advisor. We believe in building a trusting relationship through listening and asking the proper questions. We want to find out what is important to you, your family and your career, providing the best possible fit. We use a comprehensive and efficient screening method to understand your personality, experience and skills. We are always searching for good people and building on those relationships to be able to place them immediately or in the future.
Recruiters Find You Great CareersIn working with Patrice & Associates, in particular with Sarah Straniero, I was extremely happy with how quickly Sarah was able to place me with my current employer. Sarah is a true professional and I would recommend using Patrice & Associates if you're looking for a career change. Best in health, Mark Mueller Recruiters Find You Great Careers
Recruitment coaches help you think outside of your comfort zone.I was contacted by Joe about the job opportunity and at first I was against it. I was searching for something that was outside of my comfort zone and outside of the food industry. While talking with Joe he was so enthusiastic about the company that I said sure let’s give it a try. Joe was with me every single step of the way. From initial contact to me actually being hired he was there. He called/ texted me the day of my interview and encouraged me along the way. I was surprised and happy for his involvement to help me. I could always count on him for great advise and tips during the process. He shared my excitement each time I was contacted by the new company and followed my journey. He was always professional and was easily contacted when I had butterflies about me making the changes. I recommend Joe to any job seekers out there. He went above and beyond! Marqell Campbell General Manager SPJ Recruitment coaches help you think outside of your comfort zone.
Recruitment Coaches are Your Coach for Life!
All I can say about Mike is he has always been supportive and a great mentor to me over the past 8 years. First as my Director of Operations with Mimi’s Café he always challenged me to be a better manager and encouraged my growth by having me take on leading weekly kitchen manager calls for his market and trusting me to go into troubled locations and helping to turn them around. Most recently when my time with Mimi’s was over Mike was able to help me secure the next step in my journey in less than 3 weeks.
Bob NawaRecruitment Coaches are Your Coach for Life!
Job Coaches Help Reach YOUR Target!Emily was amazing from start to finish. From reaching out in the beginning and making clear my options to scheduling the interviews and making sure that I was equipped with all the information and confidence I needed to impress the interviewer. She was in constant contact and was true to her word when she said she was here for me throughout the process. Thank you all for your help. Brian Smith Job Coaches Help Reach YOUR Target!
Hospitality Recruiters Make the Best Match for You in Your Next Job.I was extremely impressed with Sharon's attention to detail and to make me feel comfortable. She was in my corner the whole time. I think it is really great that she actually eats at the restaurants that I will be managing so that is encouraging because that means they have a great working relationship! I felt that she knew exactly how to prepare me for the interview and the resume that was created was very impressive! Michael Talerico Hospitality Recruiters Make the Best Match for You in Your Next Job.