Presidents Day Reflection

On this President’s Day, we are sitting here reflecting on what a tumultuous two years our country has gone through. This pandemic has put a strain on everyone professionally, financially, and mentally. That being said, we are moving into 2022 seeing the light at the end of the tunnel.

Patrice & Associates went through its own challenges in 2019 and 2020 as the pandemic was rearing its ugly head. Our business certainly was effected but we adapted and overcame the challenge. When covid first emerged, we were coming off a successful implementation of Executive Search in our model. Although we were thriving with our fast-food and fast-casual concepts, who’s take-out and delivery demand had skyrocketed, we expanded our reach into other positions within the restaurant and hospitality industries. Throughout our 30-year history, we had focused primarily on management level positions within restaurants, but we have since been recruiting for qualified candidates in finance, accounting, HR, sales, operations, marketing and technology. We have also expanded outside the restaurant, hospitality, and F&B sectors. Our franchisees employed the training and skillsets they learned through our Executive Search training and began to find talent in technology, oil & gas, construction, education, and manufacturing industries. Our franchisees come from a diverse set of backgrounds, many of which are outside of restaurants and hospitality, and our Executive Search model has allowed them to leverage their network to make placements in these industries. With the emergence of Executive Search, new clients have been also coming to us, including retail firms, banking institutions, and even large app companies.

2021 was a banner year for Patrice & Associates as we achieved our largest franchisee placement revenue in the history of the company. This was a result of two factors, the first being the extreme surge in consumer demand. People were ready to go back out to eat and socialize, to get on planes and travel. This coupled with restaurants desperately needing good talent created a perfect recipe for demand. This is an incredibly exciting time to be a part of the Patrice & Associates team and we have the data to prove it. The National Restaurant Association recently published their 2022 outlook which provided some valuable insights. They reported that the foodservice industry is forecast to reach $898B in sales in 2022 which is back to, and frankly exceeding, pre-pandemic numbers. The staffing challenges aren’t going away. They also projected that the foodservice industry is projected to grow by 400,000 jobs by the end of 2022! Our Patrice & Associates franchisees have an opportunity to be an integral part of this surge.

If you haven’t figured it out already, Patrice & Associates is especially excited about Executive Search! By now, we have all heard of the Great Resignation and we have seen a significant increase in Executive Search openings. Companies have had to be more aggressive with financial and benefits packages and they are contracting with firms like ours to give them a leg up in securing this elusive top talent.

Our countries forefathers sought an America where everyone had the opportunity to achieve their American dream, their pursuit of happiness. What we love most about what we do, is that we get a chance to help people advance in their careers each day. We still have hundreds of prime territories across the country if you are interested in helping others achieve their dreams through owning a Patrice & Associates franchise.


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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