Patrice & Associates Welcomes New Regional Developer

Patrice & Associates Welcomes New Regional Developer

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Patrice & Associates Welcomes New Regional Developer

Executive Leader Joins North America’s Leading Hospitality Recruiting Firm with a Set Focus on Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana and Arkansas. 

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – Patrice & Associates, the country’s leading hospitality industry recruiting firm, announced today the addition of Vann Wilhite as regional developer. Vann brings more than 20 years of claims and medical management, human resources, customer service and operations experience to Patrice & Associates.

“Vann’s experience in medical management, as well as his leadership experience, is one reason he will make the ideal regional developer for our brand,” said Patrice Rice, president and founder of Patrice & Associates. “With Vann 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 Vann.

In his new role, Vann will support and enhance Patrice & Associates as he strategically awards the franchise opportunity to candidates throughout Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana and Arkansas.

In addition, Vann will run a franchised Patrice & Associates location, named R&V Hospitality Recruiters Inc., out of his Tuscaloosa office alongside his wife, Rachel.

“Patrice and Brian are second to none in the hospitality industry,” Vann 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, Vann assisted in establishing Wellness programs, as well coordinating and overseeing third-party administrators and beneficiary plans. As for Rachel, she has a background in nursing, as well as eight years of case management experience. 

Throughout his career, Vann focused on administering educational systems/programs, meeting customer needs by benchmarking, and managing provider, organizational and network development.

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.

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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