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About David A. Evens

With 40 years in the hospitality industry, from dishwasher, line cook, server, bartender, private chef (on a boat), sous chef, executive chef, independent restaurant owner, chain restaurant general manager, business consultant, ice cream maker and indoor farmer. The journey has been a wonderful ride. These have created a management & work style that is as diverse as the experiences, a style to fit the moment and team. The years have given a pragmatic yet respectful outlook on the industry that has given me so much. Our success is being tested everyday with each client and candidate interview and hire. Those in the Hospitality, Customer Service, or with any customer interactions know that your success is based on these moments of truth. I look forward to bringing this philosophy and body of work to Patrice & Associates as a Franchise Owner in Canton, CT.

As one of the oldest hospitality recruiting companies in North America.

Let us assure you, you are in the best hands. We are the largest and most successful recruiting firm in the hospitality industry, with a 30 year track-record, enormous database of candidates & jobs, unmatched industry intelligence and many proprietary tools that will help your positions stand out from the competition.

Since my first job as a paperboy, first long term goal of Eagle Scout, entrance into Michigan State University, Eli Board School of Business, is that my team is the most important resource that we have, as leaders in the business world.

The values of Patrice & Associates fit perfectly with mine. These key values of Respect, Excellence, Service and Teamwork allow me to find outstanding and well fitting candidates for your operation, be it a one unit restaurant, small regional group or one part of a national franchise. I do this by finding out about your business, values, key traits and listening to the key players of the operation, and good old fashion follow-up with our clients. Our future clients are not pressured; our team invites them to see us in action, proving that we follow our proven method “The Patrice Way” and it works. How does our method differ, first and foremost we find the candidates that are not on job boards; yes, we still make calls, recruiting calls. Representing your business to quality candidates that highlights the values that make your business successful. Fitting the right candidate to the right business for a win/win for both. Thus, ensuring your investment with Patrice & Associates has results.

Our strength at Patrice & Associates is we believe! Over 170 offices, 300 recruiters, believing that recruiting is a calling to solve business issues (staffing partner), that creates raving fans from our clients and candidates, all while being respectful to those that just do not make the “A” team. Just as in baseball, there are levels of success at different career stages, all with their own “A” team, we make these connections happen. Career coaching with resources to help those candidates make the moves to get to the “A” team for our clients.

I look forward to having the gratification of making a difference in our client’s business and the lives of our wonderful candidates.

“Success has only one limit, YOURSELF”


Premier Executive Search
Together we’ll go for GREAT and we’ll get you to GREAT. Your…next career leap starts and ends here.

Work with us, and you get your own executive search team that understands the importance of goals, vision, needs, fit, and all the intangibles that go into a GREAT executive search match. Executives, gain exclusive access to top companies. Employers and search committees, experience our collaborative approach to discovering exactly the kind of person you’re seeking. That way, Patrice & Associates Pros can effectively identify, recruit and vet the right candidates.


For Employers

  • You have a partner who will make the recruiting calls you can’t. Let us pick up the phone and discreetly find your GREAT team member. The one who doesn’t respond to internet ads.
  • You have a brand advocate in a challenging employment market. What others say about you is powerful, so let us do the talking and sell your brand.
  • You have a dedicated Patrice & Associates Pro who can work anywhere. Have multiple positions to fill in multiple locations? Your life just got easier.
  • You have access to higher-quality candidates. GREAT future team members aren’t searching for jobs. They’re working the jobs they have. Let us find your that all-star.
  • You can count on discerning, discrete executive search. Clients call us the Gold Standard because they value our services and the way we work.


For Job Seekers

  • Why waste another minute, make that career move. Your dream job may be on one of our Patrice & Associate Pro’s desk. Curious?
  • Let’s make finding that GREAT position fun, easy, and no risk. That’s what people say about working with us. They get the right guidance to land that job they could never have gotten on their own… for FREE!
  • Get up-to-date job market information in your area. Discover the best companies to work for, the hottest jobs, and the opportunities available. It’s insider info tailored just for you.
  • Get the guidance you need to figure out how to get to GREAT. You may not know exactly the path, the position, or the salary level. No worries, let us provide clarity.


Check out our current job listings. There are thousands and one might be GREAT for you!


About Patrice & Associates

We can’t wait to talk with you! Let our connections be your connections in your area and across North America. Job seekers, Patrice & Associates can find you your next great career move even if you want to move to another city or state.

Employers, let us find you your next great hire! Even if your search is for multiple positions, in multiple cities. One call to this local office and you’re on your way. All without the hassle of managing multiple recruiters or territory restrictions.

Why wait? Get the resources of our national network when you call your local office. We’re ready! Are you?

Duke Witte absolutely was amazing! 

I am writing to express my sincere gratitude to Duke Witte for his assistance in finding me a new job in the hospitality industry. I was disgruntled with my previous job, and I was feeling very discouraged about my prospects. I had been working in the restaurant industry for many years, and I had a lot of experience and skills, but I was having a hard time finding a better opportunity.

I was contacted via LinkedIn by Duke, and thank goodness I was.  Mr. Witte was incredibly helpful and supportive throughout the entire process. He took the time to understand my skills and experience, and worked tirelessly to find me a job that was a good fit.

Duke was also very honest and upfront with me about the job market. He didn't sugarcoat things, but also didn't give up on me. He kept me motivated and encouraged, and never gave up on finding me a job that I would love.

I am so grateful to Duke Witte and his team for their help. I am now happily employed, and I am so happy that I was able to find a job that I love. I would highly recommend him to anyone who is looking for a job in the restaurant industry. He is a true professional, and is dedicated to helping his clients find the perfect job!

Thank you again for everything!

Nick Grubbs

Working with Chris Bovio made job searching so much easier! 

Not only was he available and involved in my search, but also knowledgeable regarding the position. Chris used his industry experience and recruiting network to find the best position for me and my skill set. My only regret is that my new job is so perfect for me that I won’t need to use Chris or Patrice & Associates later.


Nick Guarino

Michael Greig was absolutely fantastic in every way! 

He gave me options and suggestions & eventually found a great for me. Communication was easy and he went above & beyond. Also, he seems like an all around good dude. Thanks again Michael. Solid work out there. You’re hired :)

Nic Callahan

Bryan Curtis was fantastic to work with!

Bryan was very on top of things throughout my recruiting process to the engineering firm I accepted my position with.  I responded to his LinkedIn posting and heard back from him within 24 hours. He continually spoke with me throughout the process checking in regularly and answering all my questions. Bryan was instrumental in helping me find a great job.



Frank Rondeau was a really big help! 

When it came to helping me find my new job, he knocked it out of the park!  He was very honest and thorough throughout the entire process. We had multiple conversations along the way and he always checked in after interviews. Frank was amazing to work with, and I'm super excited to start my new journey thanks to him.       

Many Thanks,


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