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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  • I would like to personally thank Ken for all his help in helping me to find a job. On June 1st I was released from my job of 11 years. I was unsure of what my next steps would be. I haven't been through an interview in years and I felt like I was unprepared. Ken took the time to help me step by step. He first gathered all my personal information and work history. He built a resume from all of that information and articulated my accomplishments in a way I never could have. He sent me tips on what to wear, questions to ask, and called after my interviews to see how it went. He gave me support and encouragement when I was at my absolute lowest. I couldn't have asked for a better recruiter! Thank you again Ken! Thanks, Again, KenGeneral Manager, Logan's Road House, Chattanooga TN
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    David was extremely professional and took the time to really listen to where I was in my career and what I was looking for. As a result of the work he did to connect me with the right opportunity, I was able to obtain a great starting salary and great benefits as well. I would highly recommend David’s services to both job seekers and employers. Josh Axmacher David Israel was a pleasure to work with!
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    I was originally contacted by Tim as a reference for someone who used to work for me. He must have recognized that I myself was a good fit, because within a few minutes the conversation turned to me applying for the job.  He was always pushing for me. He was there to help with everything, every step of the way, and was in constant communication. He played a massive role in me landing an amazing job with an even better company. I can't stress enough how awesome this guy was. Tim will coach you through the entire process and be your biggest advocate. He has a lifetime of experience and knows exactly what companies are looking for. A+, 10/10, two thumbs up, 5-stars. Thanks for everything Tim! Brock Kinley Tim was nothing but helpful from the start
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