Patrice & Associates CEO, Brian Miller, Talks Labor Numbers and More

According to new data released by the Labor Department, U.S. employers added 209,000 jobs in June despite inflation, high interest rates and a looming recession. Brian Miller, CEO of Patrice & Associates, a leading recruitment firm franchise, shared his insights on what these numbers mean for the current job market, as well as the role staffing agencies will play in the evolving landscape.

“The economy added over 200,000 jobs in June, indicating solid growth and a falling unemployment rate,” said Miller. “This is due to steady hiring, including in the leisure and hospitality industry, one of the top job creators. Overall, organizations are continuing to hire, but the hospitality industry is still recovering lost jobs to meet pre pandemic employment levels.”

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Miller attributes the strength of the job market to two key factors: the declining birth rate in North America and the pandemic-fueled mass exodus of Baby Boomers from the workforce. “This has created a vacuum, leading to almost two jobs for every job seeker,” he explained. “All of that is leading to a tighter labor market, which is why you continue to see strong hiring numbers. The economy will continue to go up and down, but the labor force will remain tight because of these socio-economic factors.”

While the economy may be unpredictable, Miller says there is one aspect that will likely remain constant: companies will need to maintain strong relationships with recruitment firms.

“The ‘War on Talent’ has been a terminology for a while now, and we are officially in the deep end,” said Miller. “Companies are struggling to find people. On a long-term basis, I don’t see that changing significantly — as long as the labor pool remains tight, companies will be competing for the best talent. That is where Patrice & Associates comes in.”

Over the past 30 years, Patrice & Associates has honed its methods and processes to stand out from the competition by focusing on sourcing the best, top-level candidates and connecting them with the right opportunities.

“We go out and recruit to find people who don’t necessarily have their resumes up on the job boards — those who are gainfully employed but would be open to new opportunities if presented with them,” said Miller. “Companies are contacting us because we offer proactive recruiting. Our resources stretch far and wide in order to find individuals in a larger pool of people.”

Miller also emphasized the importance of human interaction in the recruitment process, which cannot be replaced by AI or job boards. Patrice & Associates will source job candidates through several different channels including discrete and confidential cold calling, a social media campaign, blind advertising in nationally recognized publications and the Patrice Way™ industry search to attract top level talent.

“When candidates have multiple jobs to choose from, as an employer you have to move quickly or you are going to lose them,” Miller said. “That is why we help organizations streamline the hiring process — we are essentially marketing really good companies to really good people.”

Patrice & Associates also offers career coaching to candidates, assisting them in building effective resumes and presenting themselves in the best possible way to potential employers. Whether candidates know exactly what they want or are just looking for support, franchisees can offer everything from resume preparation to free interview coaching, exclusive positions and final negotiations.

“We help present the candidate in such a way that gets the attention of the companies,” Miller said. “We have a methodology in assisting them in building a resume, for example, and we can help them get an interview faster by drawing out the information that will appeal most to employers. Because we have been doing this for 30 years, we have relationships with top brands and can connect them with top talent.”

Due to the current state of the job market, Patrice & Associates has continued to see a surge in demand at all levels of organizations. Although Patrice & Associates started with a focus on hospitality, the company has expanded into a wide range of service-based industries. Clients include nationwide and local restaurants, hotels, retail and grocery chains, assisted living facilities, hospitals, airport concourse outlets, spas, catering and wedding venues, casinos, companies that hire sales and customer service representatives and much more.

For example, over the past year, Patrice & Associates has been heavily focused on its executive search services, helping organizations build their senior leadership teams nationally, regionally and locally. “We are getting inquiries from all types of companies across various sectors who are looking for leaders,” Miller said. “Traditionally, we operated mostly in the hospitality sector, but we are now expanding out to other industries and markets due to such high demand.”

Looking ahead, Miller says Patrice & Associates is fully committed to helping both companies and job seekers navigate the current job market, providing valuable resources and expertise to ensure the best possible outcomes for all parties involved.


Duke Witte absolutely was amazing! 

I am writing to express my sincere gratitude to Duke Witte for his assistance in finding me a new job in the hospitality industry. I was disgruntled with my previous job, and I was feeling very discouraged about my prospects. I had been working in the restaurant industry for many years, and I had a lot of experience and skills, but I was having a hard time finding a better opportunity.

I was contacted via LinkedIn by Duke, and thank goodness I was.  Mr. Witte was incredibly helpful and supportive throughout the entire process. He took the time to understand my skills and experience, and worked tirelessly to find me a job that was a good fit.

Duke was also very honest and upfront with me about the job market. He didn't sugarcoat things, but also didn't give up on me. He kept me motivated and encouraged, and never gave up on finding me a job that I would love.

I am so grateful to Duke Witte and his team for their help. I am now happily employed, and I am so happy that I was able to find a job that I love. I would highly recommend him to anyone who is looking for a job in the restaurant industry. He is a true professional, and is dedicated to helping his clients find the perfect job!

Thank you again for everything!

Nick Grubbs

Working with Chris Bovio made job searching so much easier! 

Not only was he available and involved in my search, but also knowledgeable regarding the position. Chris used his industry experience and recruiting network to find the best position for me and my skill set. My only regret is that my new job is so perfect for me that I won’t need to use Chris or Patrice & Associates later.


Nick Guarino

Michael Greig was absolutely fantastic in every way! 

He gave me options and suggestions & eventually found a great for me. Communication was easy and he went above & beyond. Also, he seems like an all around good dude. Thanks again Michael. Solid work out there. You’re hired :)

Nic Callahan

Bryan Curtis was fantastic to work with!

Bryan was very on top of things throughout my recruiting process to the engineering firm I accepted my position with.  I responded to his LinkedIn posting and heard back from him within 24 hours. He continually spoke with me throughout the process checking in regularly and answering all my questions. Bryan was instrumental in helping me find a great job.



Frank Rondeau was a really big help! 

When it came to helping me find my new job, he knocked it out of the park!  He was very honest and thorough throughout the entire process. We had multiple conversations along the way and he always checked in after interviews. Frank was amazing to work with, and I'm super excited to start my new journey thanks to him.       

Many Thanks,


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