Patrice & Associates Honors Exceptional Franchise Accomplishments at 2016 Annual Convention
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Patrice & Associates Honors Exceptional Franchise Accomplishments at 2016 Annual Convention

Franchise Partners, Regional Developers and Corporate Leadership Team Collaborate to Continue Company’s Position Atop the Restaurant and Hospitality Industry

November 29, 2016 // // DUNKIRK, Md. – Patrice & Associates, the nation’s largest hospitality recruiting firm, brought franchise partners and corporate leadership together for its annual convention and awards ceremony. The three-day event was held from Thursday, Oct. 27 through Saturday, Oct. 29 in Baltimore.

“Our entire leadership team looks forward to this celebration each and every year,” said Patrice Rice, CEO and founder of Patrice & Associates. “The annual convention is a great time to come together as a team to reflect on the last 12 months and discuss ideas for the future. This is the time of year when Patrice & Associates franchisees and regional developers are able to share tactics on supporting clients and celebrate one another’s successes as a team.”

Themed “Success & Nothing Else,” the convention celebrated several key accomplishments and inspired all attendees – franchisees, local market team members and corporate leadership – to continue to aim high and think big for their clients. The three days included extensive sales and marketing training, educational seminars, and opportunities to share best practices.

“Our annual convention is a time to observe the company’s growth and celebrate achievements,” said Brian Miller, COO of Patrice & Associates. “We’re continuing to expand which makes our gathering all the more important. It’s a terrific feeling to praise the hard work of our franchisees and regional developers for their ability to provide unparalleled client service to job candidates and hospitality establishments across the country. Our strong franchise team in place made this year’s convention one for the books.”

The most emotional portion of the gathering was the awards dinner. Patrice & Associates bestowed honors on top-performing franchisees and their team members in attendance for placements, client retention and best practices over the past 12 months.

During the dinner, Rice and Miller presented the highest honor, “Franchisee of the Year,” to franchise partner Helen Nourai for the second year in a row. She earned the recognition with a series of high marks in all criteria judged, including total revenue, revenue increase, operations, number of placements and participation within the franchise system.

“I am honored to be awarded such a prestigious recognition,” said Nourai, who joined the Patrice & Associates system four years ago. “I am excited to celebrate this accomplishment with my family, team members and our excellent customers. This award is a testament to how hard work and dedication can really pave the way for success.”

In addition to Nourai’s impressive recognition for “Franchisee of the Year,” several other Patrice & Associates franchise partners and recruiters also earned awards.

Additional honorees from the convention include:

Account Manager Award

  • Mike Cinamon  – Indiana
  • Helen Nourai – Illinois

Brand Ambassador

  • Michelle Shriver – Maryland, Colorado, Nevada and Utah

Business Development Excellence Award

  • Tracey Hamilton – Minnesota
  • Corina Mack – Minnesota

Excellence in Marketing Award

  • Tracey Hamilton – Minnesota
  • Frank Rondeau and Ian Dietrich – Massachusetts

Fast Start Award

  • Tyrone Clifton – Virginia
  • Bryan Caldwell – Oregon
  • Matt and Aida Lopez – California

Highest Average Placement Fee and Highest Placement Fee Awards

  • Karl Busch – South Carolina

Leadership Award

  • Kim Tennyson and Kim Marzett – North Texas and Oklahoma

President’s Club

  • Gary and Paula Bernard – Texas
  • Karl Busch – South Carolina
  • Mike Cinamon – Indiana
  • Ian Dietrich & Frank Rondeau – Massachusetts
  • Tracey Hamilton – Minnesota
  • Scott Jacobson – California
  • Corina Mack – Minnesota
  • Fred Noble – Maryland
  • Helen Nourai – Illinois
  • Michelle Shriver – Nevada
  • Gary Tietz – Michigan

Regional Developer Award and Business Vision Awards

  • Mercedes Gray – Georgia and North Florida

Rising Star Award

  • Arnetra Shettleworth –Georgia
  • Carrie Goff –Texas
  • Vicki Gadson – Oklahoma

Turning the Tide Award

  • Gary Tietz – Michigan

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.

To learn more about Patrice & Associates and available franchise opportunities, please visit

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 80 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

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Liz Robinson
All Points Public Relations
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