Knoxville Newspaper Interviews Local P&A Franchisee

A national hospitality management recruiting firm that works primarily with restaurants has opened an office in Knoxville.

The franchise office of Dunkirk, Md.-based Patrice & Associates is among four in the state and 50 across the country that use a shared national database to fill management jobs.

Local owner and recruiter Del Wilson, 30, said the company works to help both the candidate looking for a restaurant position and client companies that need to fill jobs. His office will serve Knox and Blount counties.

“It’s a very transient business. There’s a lot of turnover. We’re there to help candidates find a new position,” Wilson said. “For client companies, our goal is to alleviate the stress of finding good top-quality candidates.”

While the company has national clients and about 600 hospitality management jobs to fill at any one time, Wilson said his goal is to build up the Knoxville market. In Knox County alone, there are more than 1,000 restaurants, he noted.

“It is a thriving scene. There have been dozens of new restaurants to open in just the last six months in all categories from quick service to fast casual to casual dining,” said Wilson, a Chattanooga native and graduate of the University of Tennessee.

Patrice & Associates services include resume assistance, interview coaching and access to open positions as well as unadvertised jobs.

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What Clients Say About Patrice & Associates

  • Darryl Jackson makes you his priority! 

    I would say that Darryl Jackson was very professional and helped me in all aspects of my job search.  Darryl took my resume and made it more attractive and appealing, he was also very attentive to my needs and what my expectations were.  What I feel was a key part of the success in our relationship was the constant communication on his part.  Darryl makes it his business to know his client and always speaks to you in a positive manner.  He tries to make you see the good aspects of each individual employer.  In the future if I would need to seek other employment I truly believe I would look for his availability.    

    Thanks,

    Luis C

    Darryl Jackson makes you his priority!
  • Thank you all for everything Bruce Leininger!

    Bruce Leininger is an exceptional and irreplaceable asset to Practice & Associates.  Bruce took the time and really get to know me, my passions and personality.  He understood my wants when it came to my career move .  He took the time to talk to me and build a relationship with me.  Bruce had a lot of patience and was always in communication with me in regards to different opportunities.  I respected and appreciated his advice and input.  I will always be grateful to Bruce, as he listened with all his heart.  I will always remember what Bruce has done for my family and I and I will make sure that everyone I know who wants a career change only talks to Bruce!                  

    Respectfully,

    Sami Simaan

    Thank you all for everything Bruce Leininger!
  • The professionalism and care from Francisco Chevez was simply fantastic! 

    He was so informative, prepped to give me the best help whether it was by phone or video call, it gave me the confidence and readiness to succeed in my interview and land the job I was looking for.  He was in constant communication with me and the employer for the entire process, it truly felt like he cared for my needs the entire time and made sure they were met as well.  I am beyond happy with Francisco Chevez and Patrice & Associates, they will be with you 100% during the process and even after to make sure everything is going well. Phenomenal job and thank you so much!      

    Regards,

    Gerrie

    The professionalism and care from Francisco Chevez was simply fantastic!
  • Chris Bovio has been helpful through and through. 

    He was polite, professional, and fast acting.  He listened to what I was looking for and was impactful in his decision making.  His communication was open and offered a hand at anytime.  He made the job seeking hunt 10x easier and made it a seamless process.  I would recommend Chris and his services to anyone!    

    Jessica Pritz

    Chris Bovio has been helpful through and through. 
  • I am so grateful for Sarah Straniero and her tenacity!

    I appreciate your help Sarah. You have been professional and helped me throughout this process. Thank you for helping me with the GM opportunity.        

    Andre F

    I am so grateful for Sarah Straniero and her tenacity!