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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  • 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 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.

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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.