Wow – what a testimonial for Mike – Indianapolis Franchisee!

My name is Duncan Savage and I first made contact with Mike Cinamon at Patrice & Associates on February 18, 2014. I emailed him my resume and essentially what I was looking for. Mike got back with me the very next day and within minutes of a conversation with him, he suggested looking into the chain of restaurants called First Watch.

Mike made contact with other companies in the area we were looking at as a tentative backup plan, but First Watch was our primary pursuit. In a shortened summary, I informed Mike my wife and I were recently married in October and were looking for a quality of life that was more suited for raising a family and having the ability to actually see our future children grow up. We also wanted to be in a certain area of Florida as we love the sunshine and outdoors that Florida can offer year round, and want to offer our children the opportunity to grow up in that environment.

I had been with the same steakhouse chain for what had been my only career as an adult for the past 12 years, and since I was 18, so I was very comfortable and trusting with that company. Mike spoke of First Watch with confidence on the growth of the company and the fact that each unit is only open from 7:00am to 2:30pm each day of the week. This is compared to my last 12 years of 60-70-80 hours a week generally going in at 8:00am and not getting home until 10:00pm or later 5 and sometimes 6 or 7 days a week.

This is just commonplace in the concept of most steakhouse restaurants and I am the one who got started in this business, so it was what I had setout to do so far for myself as my career. I love the guys I had worked for the past 12 years and I knew it would be difficult for me to find an opportunity to have the quality of life that we wanted and be employed by a company that I would trust to treat me as well as I had been treated for that time.

I was wrong on the difficult part. The fact I will be home every evening alone makes me know I will be able to see our future children grow up. Mike informed me that he has placed multiple managers with First Watch and keeps in contact with them to ensure that he is placing people like me with a suitable, trustworthy  company. First Watch has multiple locations all over Florida and the areas we want to be in. Within a month I had accepted a position with First Watch and Mike walked me through every step of the hiring process.

This helped tremendously because of the fact that I had never really looked for a job/career  before and had no idea how the process worked. My wife and I, and Mike, were located in the Indianapolis area and we were able to make the process happen as though we were all in the same area even though we were 1,000 miles away, literally.

I am set to  start my new career with First Watch in St. Pete, FL on April 21, 2014. Mike Cinamon at Patrice & Associates laid out a plan in front of me to get my wife and I on the path of where we wanted to be, and all I had to do was pay attention and follow through with the best of my abilities leading the way.

I will be extremely thankful for that, as well as my wife and our future children, and our future ahead of us is now open to how we dreamed it could be.

Thanks again,
Duncan Savage

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What Clients Say About Patrice & Associates

  • Helen Nourai THANK YOU SO VERY MUCH!!

    After being COVID laid off in 2020; I spent the next year floundering, and looking for work. I had my resume up on all the different sites, and applied to anything that was even close to a good fit. No luck, and very few calls or email responses. Until one day out of nowhere Helen contacted me. Helen was extremely personable, positive, and prepared. After speaking for some time, completing the initial introductions, and basic information. Helen already had a position in mind for me. I sent her all of my relevant documents, and she worked her magic. Just a couple days later she emailed back my beautifully reworked resume, and double checked that I was ready for her to submit to potential employers. Then things went very fast! The next day on a Tuesday I had 2 phone interviews. Then Thursday another interview with the Director. Helen kept in touch every step of the way; calling even when I had forgotten to keep her posted. Then the General Manager contacted me on a Saturday followed by the VP!! Less than a week after Helen had submitted me I had completed the interview process, and was waiting on an offer pending reference & background checks. Helen, again was in amazing communication with me. Discussing my needs from the offer to ensure that when the offer was made; it included everything I wanted. It worked out exactly like that too! In the midst of the whirlwind offer that was exactly what I wanted (something I've never experienced before), and all the different company leaders reaching out to me. Helen was right there with me too. Checking in, sharing in my excitement, and giving me all her congratulations. Again, I had never experienced a hiring process with this much of a personal touch before ever! Definitely never one that was this smooth, and fast. If the Company went a day not talking to me, Helen was on it and reaching out to push the process forward.
    13 months of the unconscionable COVID under employment; with all the stress, worry, and insecurity, doing anything and everything to scrape together as many dollars as possible, to finally land a dream position that is a perfect fit, in my ideal location, industry, and salary. It is all still so unbelievable, and I know Helen was more than a major player. She was the key! The difference maker! I cannot express my level of gratitude for her help, and perseverance. Helen is the most gifted recruiter I have ever interacted with, and should I ever be looking for work, Helen will absolutely be my first call.
    Much Gratitude,
    Ben Whetstone
    Helen Nourai THANK YOU SO VERY MUCH!!
  • Jonathan Litt is a wonderful person and great recruiter!

    Thank you for all the assistance you provided me during my job search. I appreciate the information and advice that Johnathan Litt had given, as well as the connections you have shared with me. Your expertise and help have been invaluable during this.  I’ll never forget your help and your friendship, you are one and only one, thanks again.
    Sincerely,
    Shahriar Lou Mehrdad
    Jonathan Litt is a wonderful person and great recruiter!
  • I’m still in awe of Gary Kinsinger's abilities!

    It has been such an honor to work with Patrice & Associates, but more specifically with Gary Kinsinger. I’ve worked with recruiters in the past, however none as detail oriented and diligent as Mr. Kinsinger. From the moment he initially reached out to me, all the way to my first day in my new position, Gary was and is still very present in making sure my comfort and needs are met. I truly can’t put into words how beyond grateful I am to have worked with Gary. And with no doubt in my mind would recommend his services to anyone in the market. Gary matched me with the role of my dreams in just one and a half weeks. Thank you so much, Gary Kinsinger!
    Best,
    Angela L DeFalco
    I’m still in awe of Gary Kinsinger's abilities!
  • Kathy Helfand is a true asset to Patrice & Associates

    I worked with Kathy Helfand and I was very lucky to have her help getting me placed with an amazing company. She was there with me every step of the way from the interview process to even the follow up after I started the job. She knew from the beginning what the client wanted and was able to place me where she knew I would be a great fit. I am very grateful for everything she did to help me on my way!

       

    Thank you,

    Daniel Nichols

    Kathy Helfand is a true asset to Patrice & Associates
  • Shannon Wilcox was absolutely amazing throughout the whole recruitment process!

    I have never met such a professional and dedicated recruitment person. I cannot thank him enough for his full support, for believing in me and for helping me start a new chapter of my professional career within just one week! Shannon, you are brilliant at what you do.
    Sincerely,
    George Acosta
    Shannon Wilcox was absolutely amazing throughout the whole recruitment process!