Meet Our Team

Rick Wilbins, Franchise Owner

With more than three decades as an executive in top global companies and now as a franchise owner of Patrice & Associates, Rick is focusing on helping hospitality clients build strong teams.

An accomplished, change-driven executive with consistent record of break-through achievements, he brings deep and broad insights into the business of talent acquisition and development. Rick has recruited, hired and managed large high-performance global teams in more than 40 countries with $150 million budgets, negotiated multi-million entertainment sponsorship deals, and forged dozens of critical business partnerships. His understanding of the chemistry and composition of high-performance teams means he is immediately able to determine his client’s precise needs and laser-focus the search process to ensure the right candidates are identified and discovered quickly. Rick is supported by his colleagues in more than 100 offices across the US and in Canada.

In addition to recruiting, Rick is also an expert business consultant with broad experience with in Talent Management, Brand Development and Advocacy, Business Development and Sales, Corporate Citizenship, Entertainment Development, Executive Consulting, Film and TV development, Influence and Power Mapping, Leadership Development, Marketing & Public Relations, Strategy and Policy Development, and Third-Party Advocacy.

Meet the Team

Ashley Hall, Talent Development Director

With more than 10 years of experience working with celebrities and managing related special events, Ashley brings unique insight into the business of identifying and cultivating strong talent for the hospitality industry. Her network includes a wide range of titles and functions locally and nationally. Catch her at any one of the many local hospitality-focused events.

Our Approach

Patrice & Associates is the number one restaurant and hospitality recruiting company in North America. We have 112 offices across the country and in Canada. Our clients are some of the nation’s most prominent brands.

Our calling card: We find A-level candidates other recruiting companies say they do — and don’t. We do that the hard way, by calling hundreds of restaurants and hotels every week and talking to people who aren’t on the radar screen – people with good jobs who don’t respond to ads. The reality is, it doesn’t matter how many resumés you have on your desk, the best candidates are the ones who didn’t send their resumes in. So we find them.

The other thing about Patrice & Associates – we work on contingency. If we don’t deliver, you don’t pay us. Every franchise owner has a nationwide network of Patrice & Associate offices to draw on to fill jobs. Each client is assigned a single account manager to ensure consistent delivery.

There are nearly a thousand open jobs and a half a million resumés in our database today. So if you know someone who can benefit from our services, please let us know.

What Clients Say About Patrice & Associates

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    Recruiters Find You Great Careers

    In working with Patrice & Associates, in particular with Sarah Straniero, I was extremely happy with how quickly Sarah was able to place me with my current employer. Sarah is a true professional and I would recommend using Patrice & Associates if you're looking for a career change.   Best in health, Mark Mueller Recruiters Find You Great Careers
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    Recruitment coaches help you think outside of your comfort zone.

    I was contacted by Joe about the job opportunity and at first I was against it. I was searching for something that was outside of my comfort zone and outside of the food industry. While talking with Joe he was so enthusiastic about the company that I said sure let’s give it a try. Joe was with me every single step of the way. From initial contact to me actually being hired he was there. He called/ texted me the day of my interview and encouraged me along the way. I was surprised and happy for his involvement to help me. I could always count on him for great advise and tips during the process. He shared my excitement each time I was contacted by the new company and followed my journey. He was always professional and was easily contacted when I had butterflies about me making the changes. I recommend Joe to any job seekers out there. He went above and beyond! Marqell Campbell General Manager SPJ Recruitment coaches help you think outside of your comfort zone.
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    Recruitment Coaches are Your Coach for Life!

    All I can say about Mike is he has always been supportive and a great mentor to me over the past 8 years.  First as my Director of Operations with Mimi’s Café he always challenged me to be a better manager and encouraged my growth by having me take on leading weekly kitchen manager calls for his market and trusting me to go into troubled locations and helping to turn them around.  Most recently when my time with Mimi’s was over Mike was able to help me secure the next step in my journey in less than 3 weeks.

    Sincerely,

    Bob Nawa

    Recruitment Coaches are Your Coach for Life!
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    Job Coaches Help Reach YOUR Target!

    Emily was amazing from start to finish. From reaching out in the beginning and making clear my options to scheduling the interviews and making sure that I was equipped with all the information and confidence I needed to impress the interviewer. She was in constant contact and was true to her word when she said she was here for me throughout the process. Thank you all for your help. Brian Smith Job Coaches Help Reach YOUR Target!
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    Hospitality Recruiters Make the Best Match for You in Your Next Job.

    I was extremely impressed with Sharon's attention to detail and to make me feel comfortable.  She was in my corner the whole time.  I think it is really great that she actually eats at the restaurants that I will be managing so that is encouraging because that means they have a great working relationship!  I felt that she knew exactly how to prepare me for the interview and the resume that was created was very impressive! Michael Talerico

    Hospitality Recruiters Make the Best Match for You in Your Next Job.