New Patrice & Associates Office in Lakeville

To Give Local Restaurant Scene a Boost; Demand from Local Eateries Gives Rise to Management; Support Business in Minnesota

August 19, 2014 // // Lakeville, Minn. - Patrice & Associates, the nation's preeminent strategic partner in the restaurant industry, announced today the opening of its first franchise in Minnesota to meet the growing management needs at local restaurants and other related hospitality businesses.

Local resident Diana Rao-Mangione, who has years of accounting experience with big names such as H&R Block and Robert Half, is turning her sights toward hospitality, as she runs day-to-day operations for Patrice & Associates in Minnesota. Rao-Mangione will serve businesses around Bloomington, Burnsville, Eagan, Lakeville, Prior Lake, and Savage.

"Minnesota's restaurant scene is nothing less than inspiring. Our state is always on the cusp of innovation with restaurant concepts that never stop pleasing foodies as myself," Rao-Mangione said. "We're eager to connect these great restaurants with bright personalities and hard workers in the community. No matter your skill or level of expertise, Patrice & Associates is simply the best resource for connecting restaurants and recruits alike."

Patrice Rice, CEO and Founder of Patrice & Associates, began the hospitality management recruiting company more than twenty years ago out of her basement. She recently launched a growth initiative for the company, seeking to expand by opening franchised Patrice & Associate offices. Now, one of the largest privately held search firms in the country, Patrice & Associates fills positions for thousands of U.S. restaurants and guides thousands of management candidates to new job opportunities.

"We are happy to have Diana join the Patrice & Associates family," Rice said. "She has an impressive resume and will feel right at home in our welcoming network of dedicated job recruiters."

Patrice & Associates has evolved from a hospitality-staffing agency to a strategic partner for restaurant brands. Restaurant companies today are looking for more than a resume, they are seeking talent that can embody the culture and have a positive impact on the brands' growth.

The $625 billion hospitality industry employing 12 million people in the United States has proven resistant to the recent forces of the recession. Rice began franchising her hospitality industry recruiting business four years ago in the midst of the Great Recession. It has continued to grow rapidly with more than 40 regional franchise offices spread across the entire nation. Patrice & Associates currently has more than 600 managerial positions to fill.

About Patrice & Associates

As the preeminent hospitality recruiting service in the U.S. since 1989, Patrice & Associates helps thousands of managerial candidates every year find rewarding jobs in the restaurant and hospitality industry. The company has exclusive recruiting partnerships with some the nation's largest restaurant chains and hotels to ensure those hospitality venues recruit the top managers in their industry. Currently, there are more than 40 franchise units across dozens of states. Patrice & Associates is growing its franchise base dramatically in the next few years, expecting to add more than 100 franchisees to help fill 1,100 open territories nationwide. For more information about Patrice & Associates, visit To learn about available franchise opportunities, call (301) 327-5059 or email Patrice Rice at

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As the preeminent hospitality recruiting service in the U.S. since 1989, Patrice & Associates helps thousands of managerial candidates every year find rewarding jobs in the restaurant and hospitality industry.


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