Meet Our Team

Kenneth C. Welch Jr.

Ken has had a successful career in the Facilities Management space. He has worked in the fast-paced private industry in Manhattan, along with a number of years at a Higher Educational institution as well as a large K-12 Public School district. This has given Ken nearly 30 years of customer service experience in varied settings.

A proven leader, Ken has developed, trained and overseen teams in various operating venues utilizing excellent communication, planning, motivational and management skills. He enjoys helping others reach their potential and accomplish life goals. As an adjunct professor in the Martin Tuchman School of Management at NJIT, equipping students with new understanding and skills to help commercialize their accomplishments, is a rewarding passion for Ken. Ken brings this same passion to helping candidates and clients reach their life and business goals.

My Approach

As a Franchise Owner with Patrice & Associates, I leverage my nearly 30 successful years of customer service experience along with the full resources of the premier recruiting company in the hospitality and restaurant industry, to deliver a “white glove” experience to both clients and candidates.

My focus is on getting to know what my clients and candidates are really looking for. I look not simply to know a candidate’s background and professional skills, but to truly understand their long-term personal and career goals. I engage clients to understand their key priorities, “must haves” and unique staffing requirements so as to consistently deliver the right, value adding candidates, to their doorstep.

Most of all, I enjoy building the long-term, mutually beneficial and satisfying relationships that are integral to the life, career and business success of customers.

More About Patrice & Associates

Patrice & Associates has grown to become the largest, most successful Hospitality recruiting firm in the country. This is not by accident but due to an adherence to and application of a set of core values that set us apart from the competition. These core values include Respect, Excellence, Service, and teamwork. These values are not just fancy statements that are so popular in business culture today. They form the foundation for motivation and function as the guide rails for all business activity at Patrice & Associates.

Respecting our clients and our candidates means that we take time to listen. To actively listen with the intent of understanding needs, priorities, and perspectives and responding to them in a timely manner.  I once heard someone define excellence as how you treat people. That means, quality effort to grow, drive change, and produce superior results is motivated by a recognition that people are worthy of the best you can deliver.  Servicing both clients and candidates means making agreements and standing by them. It means holding to the superior standards of our proven system in the effort to meet or exceed internal and external expectations.  Lastly, Teamwork means that we recognize that when we embrace the concept of Together, Everyone Achieves More, it allows us to leverage our collective strengths thereby enhancing our capabilities to drive results for our clients and candidates.

These values are what undergirds the very core competencies that differentiates Patrice & Associates from the competition. They help position us as partners, helping to fulfill the business and career goals for our clients and candidates. It is why we do the hard work; the excellent work that others will not do. It is why we will work to find the “A” level candidates that others won’t by standardizing   dedicated time blocks for cold calling. By taking the time to actually interview and screen candidates. By making the effort to track down, speak to and verify references. These core values are the framework for our belief in why, how, and what we do. And what Patrice & Associates does better than anyone else in the Hospitality and Recruiting Industry is, place great candidates in rewarding positions with some of the most prominent brands in the industry.

What Clients Say About Patrice & Associates

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    Hospitality Recruiters Can Help You with Your Resume!

    Ken Welch did an amazing job helping me find new job opportunities. He helped me build up my resume and even got me ready for potential interviews. He kept me updated constantly and before I knew it, I had many options of restaurants I could send my resume to. With his help, I got the job at my first choice and now I can’t wait to be their new manager. It was a very easy process and I thank Ken for all his help. Sincerely, Rich Fletcher   What kinds of jobs does a Hospitality Recruitment Specialist have for me? Hospitality Recruiters Can Help You with Your Resume!
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    I just want to start by saying how amazing Kenneth Welch has been throughout my entire time spent with him. He was always willing to go above and beyond to make sure I advanced in my career the way I had always hoped for. Kenneth made sure we always had an open line of communication between possible positions and coached me through the interview process. He was highly supportive, professional and very motivating as well. I’m very grateful to have been able to find the perfect job as a result of his dedication. Thank you to Patrice & Associates for making this possible.   Michael A. Miller I’m very grateful to have been able to find the perfect job thanks to Ken Welch!