Patrice & Associates Welcomes New Regional Developer

Executive Leader Joins North America’s Leading Hospitality Recruiting Firm with a Set Focus on Georgia and North Florida

March 23, 2016 // // MARIETTA, Ga. – Patrice & Associates, the country’s leading hospitality industry recruiting firm, announced today the addition of Mercedes Concepcíon-Gray as regional developer. Concepcíon-Gray brings 25 years of technology services, financial services and hospitality experience to Patrice & Associates.

“Mercedes’ experience in hospitality, coupled with her leadership experience, makes her the perfect regional developer for our brand,” said Patrice Rice, president and founder of Patrice & Associates. “With Mercedes on the team, Patrice & Associates will continue to vastly expand its existing franchise network.”

Brian Miller, chief operating officer and the force behind Patrice & Associates’ regional developer program, will work closely with Concepcíon-Gray.

In her new role, Concepcíon-Gray will support and enhance Patrice & Associates as she strategically awards the franchise opportunity to candidates throughout Georgia and North Florida.

In addition, Concepcíon-Gray will also run a franchised Patrice & Associates location out of her Marietta office alongside her husband, Jay.

“Patrice and Brian are second to none in the hospitality industry,” Concepcíon-Gray said. “I look forward to working closely with them, while strategically impacting the communities within my territory.”

Prior to making an investment in Patrice & Associates, Concepcíon-Gray spent the last 10 years with companies such as CSC, Jackson National Life Insurance and Intercontinental Hotel Group in executive-level roles. Throughout her career, Concepcíon-Gray focused on driving operational excellence, building strong client relationships, expanding services globally, leveraging people, technology and processes to deliver on strategic initiatives.

As the restaurant and hospitality sectors continue to grow, Patrice & Associates remains the most equipped staffing agency in the country to connect North America’s premier restaurant brands with the industry’s promising talent. The firm’s Regional Developer and franchise opportunities provide entrepreneurs with a ground-level opportunity to strike while the iron is hot in the rapidly growing restaurant industry.

Patrice & Associates is a turnkey franchise opportunity, ideal for go-getters. The firm’s recruiters work hard to find the right candidates for their clients and feel inspired to grow the company’s client base. The proven business model comes complete with access to all of the existing Patrice & Associates client relationships and its comprehensive database of management candidates.

Rice began her restaurant management recruiting company more than twenty years ago out of her basement. The company has grown fast since those humble beginnings — it is now one of the largest privately held search firms in the country, helping thousands of candidates find new job opportunities and countless restaurant and hospitality clients fill management positions with individuals vetted for excellence. Currently, Patrice & Associates has more than 600 managerial positions to fill. Rice started franchising her restaurant industry recruiting business five years ago in the midst of the Great Recession. It has continued to grow rapidly ever since, into a business with more than 55 regional franchise offices spread across the entire nation.

For more on Patrice & Associates and Mercedes Concepcíon-Gray, please visit, email or call 770.509.4810.

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 55 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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