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Dunkirk, MD
51 to 200 employees
Business Services
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We are Career Coaches for Candidates. We rewrite their resume, set up interviews around their schedule, coach them through the interview processes and help them get a job - ALL FOR FREE.

We are a Staffing Partner for our clients who pay us to source top ... Read more

Mission: Recruiting is not all about making money, it is about helping people.

For over 25 years Patrice has been helping people create better lives for themselves through better career opportunities. She has taken that philosophy and now helps franchisees reach ... Read more

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Patrice & Associates – Why Work For Us?

About Us

Founded in 1989 in the basement of Patrice’s home, Patrice & Associates Hospitality Recruiting has grown to become one of the largest restaurant recruiting and hospitality recruiting firms in the country.

Our hospitality recruiters and franchisees are of the highest caliber.

  • We have helped thousands of hospitality candidates find new job opportunities.
  • Many companies have made over 500 hires from us.
  • Corporate Recruiters regularly “take us with them” to a new Human Resource position.
  • Early in her career, Patrice wrote a book on “How to Interview” and taught classes on successful interview techniques.

We represent all major restaurant corporate chains – $4M casual dining restaurant companies, $6M – $10M theme casual dining clubs, $4M family style restaurants, companies opening 40 new locations a year, fine dining, fast food, airports, malls and travel plazas nationwide.

Patrice Rice, CEO and Founder

Patrice Rice has an entrepreneurial background with a history of building successful businesses. Her hospitality career began in the hotel industry where she was the Sales Manager for the Holiday Inn and the Director of Sales and Marketing for the Lord Baltimore Hotel in the Baltimore Inner Harbor. Her entrepreneurial career started when she opened Chesapeake Cruising, the largest fleet of powerboats for charter on the Chesapeake Bay. She became the first woman Captain on the Chesapeake and launched the industry of corporate entertaining on luxury yachts in the Baltimore Inner Harbor. Patrice then purchased and operated a marina restaurant from when she further developed a catering service specializing in the yachting industry.

Patrice & Associates opened in 1989 and has grown to be one of the largest hospitality recruiting firms in the country. For over 20 years, Patrice has been a staffing partner with some of the largest corporations providing hospitality managers at all levels.

Patrice is driven to stand apart from others through the development of recruiters and franchisees that share her same belief and which has been the cornerstone of her business, “Recruiting is not about money, it is about helping people”.

With an extensive training program based on her business model, Patrice has developed a network of successful recruiters nationwide and is now expanding the company’s reach and effectiveness through franchisees. Her commitment to the success of others is evident throughout her organization.

Patrice Rice, who founded Patrice & Associates in 1989, is recognized as an expert in the area of Jobs in the Restaurant and Hospitality Industries. She has been quoted in many articles and has been interviewed on television news stations. Patrice was one of 12 women selected, out of 5,000 submissions, to be featured on the 2011 Women in Business Calendar.

Some of the publications that sought advice from and included Patrice’s expertise in articles include Forbes, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, CNN Money, QSR Magazine, HR Executive and Business News.

Patrice has also been sought by television news stations to share her expertise in the Hospitality Job Market. She has appeared on Fox 35 News Orlando and the Washington Business Tonight news program as well as featured on Fox & Friends.

Why Patrice & Associates?

For Our Clients:

Contingency Recruiting: You only pay for results not efforts!

  • 25+ years specializing in hospitality recruiting
  • 80+  franchise offices in the US
  • All offices work nationwide so everyone can help fill your jobs.
  • Database access to 400,000+ candidates
  • Open positions will be featured on our corporate website
  • Our recruiters deploy a multi-pronged candidate sourcing strategy including Cold Calling competing concepts, Social Media, Networking and Advertising targeted positions

For Our Candidates:

We know your work schedule can be crazy and we make ourselves available in your time frame. We understand this is not a 9:00 – 5:00 industry and we work the hours necessary to meet your needs. Our services as a career coach are completely free to you and include:

  • Access to all open management positions in your area
  • Free resume critique and re-write
  • Free coaching in preparation for interviews
  • Free inside information on companies and interviewers
  • Access to exclusive positions not advertised elsewhere
  • Free Career Guidance at

Perhaps you are looking for the next chapter in your life, a new career direction or a business you can grow with – or perhaps you are looking for a way to help others and build your own financial future. 

The days of a 20-year career and gold watch seem more Hollywood than Main Street. It is the age of the personal brand, the entrepreneur and the action taker.

Whatever the reasons, being the franchise owner for Patrice & Associates is a great place to start.

It is often said that if you do what you love you never work a day in your life. Recruiting is an avenue to help others in a deep and meaningful way – there is nothing like the change a new or better job makes in the life of a person and their family. Recruiting gives you the opportunity to change lives every day.

Developing a virtual business allows you to work from anywhere with the internet and cell phone reception offering a unique quality of life for franchisees.  You can have a summer and winter home, travel the country in an RV or never again miss your child's recital or football game. 

Framing this business within the bounds of your personal goals will help it become the vehicle for your success. If you want personal freedom, work – life balance and the ability to make a deep and meaningful impact on the lives of others then this is likely to be a great fit.

Finding a business that you can get excited about, wake up eager to start on and feel satisfaction in the outcome is rare in our work culture. But knowing that each day is different, each story is a new adventure and every candidate is a chance to make a difference makes this an incredible adventure.

Looking in the mirror at the end of the week, knowing that you have helped others, and still been able to balance your life and the life of your family is an amazing way to make a living. Reach for it!

Live the life you imagined, go confidently in the direction of your dreams- Henry David Thoreau



Top issues of concern to business owners

—How does this model work where I live?

—Safety Net – you are free to work the entire country!  Other franchise models limit your revenue generation to a defined territory. 

—How long does it take to cash flow?

—Safety Net – we have clients, you are in business from day 1 of training so cash flow is faster than other models!  Other franchise models teach you what to do, how to do it and say "good luck" go do it.  That's the scary part.  How long will it take you to identify the decision maker and get them to return your calls or schedule an appointment to have the opportunity to sell your product or service.  Patrice had a recruiting organization for 20 years before she began franchising so she already had signed agreements with companies like Panera Bread, Golden Corral, Applebees, Burger King, etc.  So her agreements were now her franchisees agreement.  When a franchisee comes to training there are over 600 jobs to work on from day 1 so CASH FLOW IS FASTER THAN ANY OTHER MODEL.  Many franchisees have cash flowed their business a few weeks after training.

—How will this model be affected by the economy?

—Safety Net – We are not affected by the economy!  Hardly no one packs their lunch to go to work or school anymore. Remember Carry Out?  Now it's curb side service - you don't even have to get out of your car!  Someone may not stay in a 5-Star hotel but they will have breakfast at Dennys, cocktails at TGI Fridays, take their kids to lunch at Taco Bell at the mall and go to the movies.  Food in America is here to stay and is not affected by the economy!

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    Patrice and Associates hospitality recruiting firm is truly a class act and has delivered on their promises. As a franchise owner with 20 years of hospitality/restaurant and human resources experience, I can attest to the outstanding system, standards, knowledge, experience, and culture that Patrice & Associates offers. There is a tremendous amount of pride within the system in how candidates and clients are treated, as well as with the relationships that are made with all the parties involved. Candidates are offered free resume writing services and career coaching throughout their job search and interview process. Patrice & Associates takes the time to truly understand their clients culture and needs in order to become a trusted staffing partner.
    As a franchisee, you have the opportunity to begin generating income from day one by utilizing the proven system, hundreds of open job orders, and the immense database of qualified candidates. This allows you the ability to begin making money while you work to develop your own clients. I cannot say enough about the training Patrice & Associates provided as a franchisee. Everything I was told prior to attending training was true. This is an amazing opportunity that allows you to have a rewarding and fulfilling career helping others, the ability to work from home and gain time freedom, as well as the opportunity to make what you are worth!


    The system works and has been proven over and over, but ultimately, the choice is yours. You have to choose to stay disciplined and laser focused while putting forth the effort and following the system.

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    I applied in-person. I interviewed at Patrice & Associates.


    The interview process was amazing it was like interviewing with a family. i felt extremely
     comfortable like i know everyone here for a long time. i was greeted and asked a variety of questions.

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