Patrice & Associates Celebrates Outstanding Franchise Achievements at 2015 Annual Convention

Franchise Partners, Regional Developers and Corporate Leadership Team Collaborate to Continue Company’s Position Atop the Restaurant and Hospitality Industry

Patrice & Associates, the nation’s largest hospitality recruiting firm, brought franchise partners and corporate leadership together for its annual convention and awards ceremony. The three-day event was held from Wednesday, October 8th through Saturday, October 10th in Baltimore, Maryland.

“There’s nothing like bringing the entire Patrice & Associates family under one roof,” said Patrice Rice, CEO and founder of Patrice & Associates. “Our annual convention is an important time to discuss innovative ideas for the future. Every year, we look forward to sharing tactics on supporting our clients in their search for the best talent in the industry.”

Themed “Choose Success,” the convention celebrated several key accomplishments and inspired all attendees – franchisees, local market team members and corporate leadership – to continue to aim high and think big for their clients. The three days included extensive sales and marketing training, educational seminars, and opportunities to share best practices.

“We believe that success will always be a choice,” said Brian Miller, COO of Patrice & Associates. “By having this mindset, our franchise has made significant strides this year, which include growing our Regional Developer program and exploring expansion opportunities in Northern and Southern California, the Midwest, the Southeast and Canada.”

The most emotional portion of the gathering was the awards dinner. Patrice & Associates bestowed honors on top-performing office owners and their team members in attendance for placements, client retention and best practices over the past 12 months.

During the dinner, Rice and Miller presented the highest honor, “Franchisee of the Year,” to franchise partner Helen Nourai. She earned the recognition with a series of high marks in all criteria judged, including total revenue, revenue increase, operations, number of placements and participation within the franchise system.

“I am honored to be awarded such a prestigious recognition,” said Nourai, who joined the Patrice & Associates system three years ago. “This award is a testament to how hard work and dedication can really pave the way for success.”

In addition to Helen Nourai’s impressive recognition for “Franchisee of the Year,” several other Patrice & Associates franchise partners and recruiters also earned awards.

Additional honorees from the convention include:

  • Mike Cinamon – Indianapolis, IN  – President’s Award
  • Mike Cinamon – Indianapolis, IN – Business Development Award
  • Fred Noble – Chesapeake Beach, MD – Marketing Award
  • Heather Haas – Roscoe, IL – Highest Average Placement Fee
  • Vikki Marshall – Bend, OR – Highest Average Placement Fee Runner-Up
  • Gary and Paula Bernard – Kemah, TX – Highest Placement
  • Kathy Borum, Courtney Vanderveer – Nashville, TN – Highest Placement Runner-Up
  • Heather Haas – Roscoe, IL – Brand Ambassador
  • Michelle Shriver – Regional Developer – Leadership Award
  • Fred Noble – Chesapeake Beach, MD – Turning the Tide Award
  • Ruby Samsing, Dan O’Neil – Phoenix, AZ – Rising Star Award

As the restaurant and hospitality sectors continue to grow, Patrice & Associates remains the most equipped staffing agency in the country to connect North America’s premier restaurant brands with the industry’s promising talent. The firm’s Regional Developer and franchise opportunities provide entrepreneurs with a ground-level opportunity to strike while the iron is hot in the rapidly growing restaurant industry.

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What Clients Say About Patrice & Associates

  • Allison Sullivan was amazing! 

    She found my resume online and reached out to me. I had been in the market looking for the right next step in my career for several months and had been receiving calls daily from different recruiters so I didn’t expect anything magical to occur overnight. Allison called me, we chatted quickly about my work experience and she advised me she thought I’d be perfect for a client she was working with….and literally the next day I got a call for an interview with the client. The day after the interview, I was immediately offered a position consulting on insurance claim management. Allison was checking in with me each step of the way and made the transition from unemployed to working at a career I’m excited about in no time at all! I cannot thank her and Patrice & Associates enough for all their help!  

    ~ Shane Laughran

    Allison Sullivan was amazing!
  • I am very thankful for Liz Costa.

    She was kind, informative, and very encouraging during the process of applying, interviewing, and finally accepting the position once it was offered to me. I have worked with several recruiters before and Liz was the most friendly and professional at the same time. She made me feel comfortable and also made me feel confident during the interview process. After only a few weeks, I now consider Liz a friend and would certainly recommend her to anyone who is in the looking in the labor market. Thank you Liz, I appreciate you as a person and a professional.

    ~Brent

    I am very thankful for Liz Costa
  • Jonathan Litt set me up for success!

    I am truly excited to start this new journey at this restaurant. I can honestly say I don't think I would have been able to pull this off without Jonathan Litt's help. He was more than professional but at the same time he was authentic and explained everything I needed to do to make things work. He definitely set me up for success. My confidence level wasn't what it used to be, but with his help he made me believe in myself. He encouraged me and believed in me as well. I will never forget his efforts. My appreciation for his work and dedication will always be remembered. From the bottom of my heart, thank you for allowing me to be a part of this process. I am forever grateful.

    Thank you again,

    Latifah Walker

    Jonathan Litt set me up for success!
  • Recruitment & Hiring for Sales Jobs - Patrice & AssociatesRick Weaver is a pleasure to work with!

    Very helpful and professional! Goes out of his way for people!          

    Thank you for all you do!

    Ken M.

    Rick Weaver is a pleasure to work with!
  • Rick Weaver is great!

    I love it at my new career and picture my future here. Rick was awesome in helping me choose where I need to be and how I had to get there. It took a lot of interviews and me turning jobs down because it wasn’t a fit for me. At my new career I’m in the right place!  

    Thank you,

    Shaunte

    Rick Weaver is great!