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With over 150 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 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, 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 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 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 joined Patrice & Associates as a lead getter in 2010, became a top producing recruiter and joined the franchising team as the Corporate Account Manager. Ivy manages corporate accounts and supports corporate clients and franchisee’s with corporate account candidate places. Ivy previously owned her own travel agency.
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 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 are the Regional Developers for DC/VA/NC/MD/NV/CO/UT. 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 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.
Megan has an accounting and hospitality background. She attended culinary school to be a pastry chef (lucky us!). She has worked several positions in restaurants and provided accounting services for a local CPA firm where she helped prepare annual tax returns, and was a customer service rep. She has also done accounting for a local restaurant. She has a well-rounded background and is perfect for P&A. Megan will provide support to Donna & Jason Miller in Franchisee Sales.
Jennifer will provide support to Patrice & Brain, be responsible for new franchisee on-boarding, setting up and terminating recruiters, assisting with training materials and development of training class agendas, and overall focus on providing service to franchisees. She brings a wealth of experience in both fast food and casual dining management roles as well as office administration and business management. During her time off she enjoys overseeing her own photography studio, spending time with her family and 5 dogs, and is often found taking in the local music scene on the weekends.
Jonathan Litt was an amazing coach during my job search.The thing that stands out to me the most is you can tell he truly cares. He helped me gain self confidence through phone calls and was constantly checking in on me during the interview process. Not only was I able to acquire a great job with the help of Jonathan, but I received incredible insight. He is a very smart guy and is able to effectively explain his thoughts in a simple manner.
Thank you so much!
Jacque J.Jonathan Litt was an amazing coach during my job search.
Karen Horton is personable, knowledgeable, and was instrumental to my Career Goals.Communication and correspondence with her was easy and fast and her feedback always proved very useful during the recruitment process. With other recruiters I have dealt with in the past, I've usually had the impression that I was merely part of a quota of applications. This was not so with Karen, I am convinced that she had my best interest in mind as well as those of the company she was "hunting" me for.
I cannot thank Karen enough for all her assistance in what I am sure will be a long lasting relationship with my new employer.
CarlosKaren Horton is personable, knowledgeable, and was instrumental to my Career Goals.
Ross Horton is the definition of what a professional account manager should aspire to be!
He finds ways to help that best suits his candidate, now that takes passion for helping people! The way that he engages with his clients is truly rare to find. If you have the chance to work with him. Do it!
Thank you, Ross Horton and Patrice & Associates!
Joel RodriguezRoss Horton is the definition of what a professional account manager should aspire to be!
Dionne Spriggens is the definition of Dedicated!
Dionne Spriggens is doing a great job with exceptional service. Dionne is amazing with her persistence and the positive vibes she brings. Since I the first time I spoke with her she has been nothing but professional and dedicated.
I strongly believe that she will be a great asset to Patrice & Associates for many more years to come!
Bovon L.Dionne Spriggens is the definition of Dedicated!
Shawn Hoye needs a raise!Shawn Hoye went above and beyond in matching me with a position and company that was best suited for me. He is passionate about what he does, and is with you every single step of the way. I would highly recommend Shawn Hoye and Patrice & Associates.
MelissaShawn Hoye needs a raise!