Patrice & Associates Recognizes Top Achievers at Annual Convention

Nation’s Leading Talent Acquisition Firm Serving the Hospitality Industry Celebrates Outstanding Growth and Successes Among its Team of Franchisees and Regional Developers

DUNKIRK, Md. – Patrice & Associates, the nation’s leading talent acquisition firm that specializes in the hospitality industry, celebrated system-wide growth and several franchisees and regional developers at the company’s annual franchise convention held earlier this month at the Double Tree Hotel in Baltimore, Maryland.

Themed “Breakthrough to Excellence,” the convention included educational and breakout sessions on a variety of topics pertaining to client management and operations, as well as roundtable sessions and a client panel discussion with executives from Panera, Pret A Manger and Glory Days.

“It was an awe-inspiring feeling to witness our sessions packed with franchisees and regional developers alike, all focused on one goal – moving the needle. Everyone left the conference motivated with best practices and game-changing strategies, equipped to take action,” said Patrice Rice, founder and CEO of Patrice & Associates. “The outlook for Patrice & Associates is nothing but bright, and we couldn’t thank our franchisees, regional developers and corporate support team enough for their hard work and dedication to our brand. They’re an amazing group and we can’t wait to see them take their businesses to new heights.”

Patrice & Associates has been serving the hospitality industry for nearly 30 years, and currently has more than 100 offices throughout North America. The company is widely considered the gold standard in hospitality recruiting with an impressive list of more than 500 national clients in the restaurant and hotel industries including Buffalo Wild Wings, Panera, Arby’s and HMSHost.

Top achievers recognized at the Patrice & Associates awards dinner include:

Franchisee of the Year – Corina Mack

Regional Developer of the Year – Mercedes Concepcion-Gray & Jay Gray

Diamond Club – Corina Mack, Frank Rondeau & Ian Dietrich, Scott Jacobson, Mercedes Concepcion-Gray & Jay Gray, Ty Clifton and Scott Lowry

Platinum Club – Norma Tyree, Matt & Aida Lopez, Helen Nourai, Gary & Paula Bernard and Gary Tietz

President’s Club – Liz Costa, Sharri Romero, George & Sue Wooten, Dan Harris, Mike Cinamon, Van Wilhite, Karl Busch and Michael Selleh

Gold Client – Mike Cinamon, Corina Mack, Helen Nourai and Frank Rondeau & Ian Dietrich

Highest Placement Fees Over $10,000 – Mercedes Concepcion-Gray & Jay Gray, Helen Nourai, Michael Selleh, Norma Tyree, Tom Schmitt, Frank Rondeau & Ian Dietrich, Dan Harris, Ken Welch and Matt & Aida Lopez

Highest Average Placement Fee – Norma Tyree and Michael Selleh

Business Development Excellence Award – Vicki Marshall, Jase Doane, Scott Lowry and Ty Clifton

Excellence in Marketing Award – Frank Rondeau & Ian Dietrich, Joanne Gimelli and Corina Mack

Account Manager Award – Corina Mack and Mike Cinamon

Brand Ambassador Award – Vicki Marshall and George & Sue Wooten

Leadership Award – Michelle Shriver and Helen Nourai

Business Vision Award – Marcus Williams, Mark Rubick, Ty Clifton, Arnetra Shettleworth

Turning the Tide Award – Vann Wilhite, Monica & Brent Troxel, Matt & Aida Lopez, Mike Thompson and Ken & Celene Schreifels

Fast Start Award – Margo Kornfield and Amanda Hebert

 

About Patrice & Associates

As the premier hospitality talent acquisition firm in the United States since 1989, Patrice & Associates helps thousands of managerial candidates every year find rewarding jobs in the restaurant and hospitality industry. The company, founded by Patrice Rice, has exclusive recruiting partnerships with some the nation’s largest restaurant chains and hotels to ensure those hospitality venues recruit the top managers in their industry. Currently, there are 100 franchise units throughout North America and more than 250 recruiters. Patrice & Associates is currently on track to open 350 new franchise offices by 2022. For more information on Patrice & Associates, visit www.patriceandassociates.com.

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  • Michael Kunkle helped me out so much!

    I will forever be grateful for him! He sent my resume out and had interviews set up for me the very next morning. I am so excited for this career move and I owe it to him!     -Hailey Morton Michael Kunkle helped me out so much!
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  • Helen Nourai THANK YOU SO VERY MUCH!!

    After being COVID laid off in 2020; I spent the next year floundering, and looking for work. I had my resume up on all the different sites, and applied to anything that was even close to a good fit. No luck, and very few calls or email responses. Until one day out of nowhere Helen contacted me. Helen was extremely personable, positive, and prepared. After speaking for some time, completing the initial introductions, and basic information. Helen already had a position in mind for me. I sent her all of my relevant documents, and she worked her magic. Just a couple days later she emailed back my beautifully reworked resume, and double checked that I was ready for her to submit to potential employers. Then things went very fast! The next day on a Tuesday I had 2 phone interviews. Then Thursday another interview with the Director. Helen kept in touch every step of the way; calling even when I had forgotten to keep her posted. Then the General Manager contacted me on a Saturday followed by the VP!! Less than a week after Helen had submitted me I had completed the interview process, and was waiting on an offer pending reference & background checks. Helen, again was in amazing communication with me. Discussing my needs from the offer to ensure that when the offer was made; it included everything I wanted. It worked out exactly like that too! In the midst of the whirlwind offer that was exactly what I wanted (something I've never experienced before), and all the different company leaders reaching out to me. Helen was right there with me too. Checking in, sharing in my excitement, and giving me all her congratulations. Again, I had never experienced a hiring process with this much of a personal touch before ever! Definitely never one that was this smooth, and fast. If the Company went a day not talking to me, Helen was on it and reaching out to push the process forward.
    13 months of the unconscionable COVID under employment; with all the stress, worry, and insecurity, doing anything and everything to scrape together as many dollars as possible, to finally land a dream position that is a perfect fit, in my ideal location, industry, and salary. It is all still so unbelievable, and I know Helen was more than a major player. She was the key! The difference maker! I cannot express my level of gratitude for her help, and perseverance. Helen is the most gifted recruiter I have ever interacted with, and should I ever be looking for work, Helen will absolutely be my first call.
    Much Gratitude,
    Ben Whetstone
    Helen Nourai THANK YOU SO VERY MUCH!!
  • Jonathan Litt is a wonderful person and great recruiter!

    Thank you for all the assistance you provided me during my job search. I appreciate the information and advice that Johnathan Litt had given, as well as the connections you have shared with me. Your expertise and help have been invaluable during this.  I’ll never forget your help and your friendship, you are one and only one, thanks again.
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    Shahriar Lou Mehrdad
    Jonathan Litt is a wonderful person and great recruiter!
  • I’m still in awe of Gary Kinsinger's abilities!

    It has been such an honor to work with Patrice & Associates, but more specifically with Gary Kinsinger. I’ve worked with recruiters in the past, however none as detail oriented and diligent as Mr. Kinsinger. From the moment he initially reached out to me, all the way to my first day in my new position, Gary was and is still very present in making sure my comfort and needs are met. I truly can’t put into words how beyond grateful I am to have worked with Gary. And with no doubt in my mind would recommend his services to anyone in the market. Gary matched me with the role of my dreams in just one and a half weeks. Thank you so much, Gary Kinsinger!
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    Angela L DeFalco
    I’m still in awe of Gary Kinsinger's abilities!