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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.
I'd recommend Gary Tietz implicitly to anyone currently looking for quality positions in the hospitality industry.I'm finally going back to work for a company that I can take pride in being employed with, for a position that I've been truly interested in, and Gary Tietz has been crucial in helping me in this process. Gary has only tried to place me in positions that would truly be a good fit for me, and only with reputable companies that I would be comfortable in going to work for. He has been great to work with, and has not only been very responsive and communicative, but has also provided great insight and information for each particular position that I've interviewed for. I would certainly work with Gary again in the future!Thank You!James ChisholmI'd recommend Gary Tietz implicitly to anyone currently looking for quality positions in the hospitality industry
I had a wonderful experience working with Jodi BaerShe really took care of me and kept me up to date throughout the process. I always felt Jodi was available for me and able to assist me. I would highly recommended her to friends and associates who are in related fields.Thank you again,Christopher D'AmicoI had a wonderful experience working with Jodi Baer
Frank Rondeau created an Excellent Customer Service Experience!
On paper the clients and my requirements were not a match. Frank’s ability to create a match by identifying unrealized commonalities was remarkable. I recommend working with Frank as a value proposition for all parties.
Fred FeltonFrank Rondeau created an Excellent Customer Service Experience!
Thank you Eric Coultoff very much for helping land me a great job!After the year of 2020, like so many others, the job that I worked so hard for had come to a halt. I had been looking for a similar job since to no avail. I am very glad I contacted Patrice & Associates for help. Eric Coultoff really wanted to help find the right job for me. He even helped improve my resume. He was in constant contact letting me know the process of it all and gave me multiple updates. Within a week I received an interview and Eric helped me prepare for it. I am now employed due to that interview and I thank Patrice & Associates, specifically! Thank you, Michael Fossaceca Thank you Eric Coultoff very much for helping land me a great job!
Mr. Piroozmand really cares and took the time to coach me through the process.Hamoon Piroozmand is hands down the best recruiter that I have ever worked with thus far in my career. Hamoon did a really great job of making sure that the fit was right between the company I got hired with and myself by getting to know me and what I wanted out of the next company. His passion for his work really shined when I was going through the interview process. Hamoon was always responsive as well. I was also interviewing with other companies at the time, outside of the recruiting that Hamoon did, and applied the techniques that I had discussed with Hamoon, I got final offers on all interviews. I took the offer that Hamoon presented me with, even though the other concepts paid more because I trust the fit. Overall, Hamoon will ask you to do things that other recruiters will ask you to do, but there was accountability and follow up throughout the whole process and if you're serious about getting the job, follow his plan. It works!Sincerely,Kristin BarrettMr. Piroozmand really cares and took the time to coach me through the process.