We believe, and specialize in finding the perfect fit to deliver rewarding careers and grow great brands.

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, CEO and Founder

Patrice Rice, CEO and Founder - Patrice & AssociatesPatrice 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 Miller, COO and Partner

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 Miller, Vice President Franchise Development 

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, Director of Business Development

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 McMahon,  Corporate Account Manager

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 Martin, Award Winning Franchisee and Trainer

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 Nourai, Award Winning Franchisee, Mentor and Trainer

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 Wooten, Regional Developers and Trainers

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 & Jay Gray, Regional Developers and Trainers 

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 Horsmon, Franchise Coordinator

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 Mummert, Office Manager

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.

 

Regional Developers

What Clients Say About Patrice & Associates

  • Liz Costa is the BEST!

    Liz Costa is the most knowledgeable, organized, warm and amazing human I have ever encountered.  She brings you the confidence that you need to feel strong and to feel good about yourself.  She has taught me to look at things in a different light that I would of never thought of doing.  I am very grateful for all of her knowledge and help!               Thank You Liz! Ashley Brewley Liz Costa is the BEST!
  • I am grateful to have met Corina and will surely have a professional working relationship with her for years to come!

    Corina Mack was extremely thorough and quick to respond to all of the needs of myself as well as her business client. Her ability to communicate between the 2 of us made the process so quick. Corina was very knowledgeable about the company she was representing and their current team that was in place. Sometimes companies receive an overwhelming amount of applications for positions and Corina’s ability to pre-screen potential candidates surely expedited this businesses needs to fill their role.           Regards, John R. Guyon III I am grateful to have met Corina Mack and will surely have a professional working relationship with her for years to come!
  • Erin DeFreitas was Top - Notch!

    Could not have been better!

                          Thank You!     Eddie T. Erin DeFreitas was top-notch!
  • I am beyond thankful Jaclynn Graybill!

    Jackie was my recruiter and she truly is an exceptional addition and excellent employee!  Patrice & Associates provided amazing service which made my decision to chose this organization to work for seamless.  I have referred Jackie to a few of my friends, and I am confident they will receive the same outstanding experience as well!

    All the best,

    Chantal

    I am beyond thankful Jaclynn Graybill!
  • I give Jay a 10 out of 10! 

    Jay Gray is an exceptional recruiter and someone who truly cares about what his client is seeking for employment. Jay helped me through the entire hiring process and made me feel confident about my new career opportunity. I am truly grateful to have had his help. Once again, thank you for you service and it really did help me in a time I needed someone like Jay to come in and help secure a position that valued my worth. I’m really enjoying my position and I’m fortunate for the help!               Much Thanks! Walker Patterson I give Jay a 10 out of 10!