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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    Karen was amazing and very helpful through the interview process with my CEO management opportunity. Karen helped and coached me to prepare myself for the interviews. With Karen's help and my experience I feel that it was a perfect fit for Me.  It's pretty awesome to come back to work in my home town and connect to the community again 2o years later.  It awesome to be close to my family and old friends. I'm happy and proud to say that I'm working for a company that values and cares for there employees. I feel like this is a great opportunity that will open doors for my future. Thank you for your time And big thank you to Karen, she is amazing! Ron G Karen was amazing and very helpful through the interview processChief Experience Officer, BC
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    I am grateful for my experience working with Cara, she was awesome! Always easy to reach via texts, emails and phone. It felt like Cara was on my side and wanted what was best for me. Wrote an amazing resume. She helped set me up with all my interviews, provided interview coaching to help me land the job. She also checked on me completely throughout my whole experience. The best part is how she kept in constant contact with me throughout the process, so I was never left wondering and was very supportive throughout the interview process. I'll definitely highly recommend her in the future! Sincerely, Andrea I am grateful for my experience working with Cara, she was awesome!
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    "I was very lucky to get recruited by Cara and the Patrice and Associates team. From start to finish Cara made me feel like I was the right person for this new step in my career. She was very easy to talk to and brought the best out of me when it came to preparing for my interview. I couldn't have asked for a better person to help with this transition and this great opportunity would never have happened without Cara. Thanks!!" - Chuck A I couldn't have asked for a better person to help with this transition
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    I must say at first I was a little skeptical on what Stephanie was doing with my resume but now after seeing the results I am so glad listened instead of reacting. I will definitely continue with this company and I've already started to recommend Stephanie and what she can and is more than willing to do for each individual.

    Eddie Zepeda I've already started to recommend Stephanie
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    During my 20+ years career in hospitality I had the opportunity to work either directly or indirectly with several recruiting firms and individuals. My most recent job search lead me to Bruce Leininger with Patrice and Associates. Bruce is one of those rare individuals who combines needs of the employer with knowledge and skills of the job seeker. He sees both perspectives, analyses where there is common ground between employer’s culture and applicant’s strengths, then delivers a candid assessment to both parties. Bruce was relentless in pursuit of job opportunities and in finding the “right fit” for my career profile. EVERYTHING that Bruce said and promised in his introduction to me was delivered, and even MORE! Most importantly I truly felt that Bruce was genuine, understanding and caring in regards to my specific needs and goals. As far as I am concerned when it comes to recruiters, there is Bruce and then there’s everyone else. Ned Mirkovic, Hospitality General Manager When it comes to recruiters, there is Bruce and then there’s everyone else.