Vetted Biz: Executive Recruiting Excellence with Patrice & Associates


The recent podcast interview takes a deep dive into Patrice & Associates' core values, business model, and the key factors contributing to the success of its franchisees.

Executive Search Franchise Podcast

The recent podcast interview takes a deep dive into Patrice & Associates’ core values, business model, and the key factors contributing to the success of its franchisees.

In a recent podcast interview with Vetted BizBrian Miller, CEO of Patrice & Associates, and retired Army veteran and franchisee Kenneth Lacy shared valuable insights into the management and executive recruiting industry.

“We are in a very tight labor market. That’s why companies are looking to recruiting firms — good quality recruiting firms like Patrice & Associates — to help them find talented people because they really can’t find those people on their own,” said Miller.

Patrice & Associates stands as one of the premier management and executive recruiting firms across North America. The brand’s primary objective revolves around matching highly skilled individuals with reputable companies, with a focus on the hospitality and food/beverage sectors. However, due to the surge in demand for staffing solutions amid the tight labor market, Patrice & Associates has expanded its operations into various other vertical markets within the executive search arena.

Now, fueled by this demand, Patrice & Associates’ affordable, home-based and flexible franchise model continues to appeal to savvy entrepreneurs like Lacy across the country. In 2023 alone, the company awarded 40 new franchise agreements in markets across the U.S. and Canada.

When it comes to who makes a great Patrice & Associates franchisee, Miller says owners come from all walks of life and don’t even need a hospitality background. Military veterans like Lacy, for example, have proven to be an excellent fit for the business model. Veterans who choose to franchise with Patrice & Associates are also eligible for a $6,500 discount.

“The three primary [skills] that immediately come to mind are discipline, leadership and adaptability,” said Lacy in reference to the military skills that transfer to franchising. “If you have the discipline to stick to the process, you’ll make money. Leadership can be an asset in coaching candidates through the process. And in terms of adaptability, it’s about working with other people. In the military, you have to know in time of war that you have each other’s back. Having that experience, you realize that we’re all different and so instead of that getting in the way, it should be embraced as a strength.”

Watch the full interview, here.

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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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