After spending nearly 20 years working for Fortune 500 companies in the business of recruiting and training students — many for culinary careers – Doug decided to utilize his love of recruiting and helping people make informed career changes, and start his own business by opening a franchise for Patrice and Associates right here in Grand Rapids. It’s Doug’s goal to connect great talent with great employers and he looks forward to doing the same for you!
Doug’s approach is one rooted in the development of relationships – not just what’s on the surface, but what really makes people “tick” and what they are truly trying to accomplish, whether they be a candidate looking for a new opportunity or a client looking for the perfect employee. Doug will work tirelessly to ensure that the urgency and specificity being sought for by clients is his first priority, while ensuring that the candidates he supports are fully prepared for the positions they are interviewing for.
Sally’s experience in Hospitality began in restaurants, working every position from busser to expeditor to waitress to bartender to work with restaurant financials. She understands all the pieces that are important in the success of a restaurant and how crucial great team members are. She continued into foodservice sales with Sysco, assisting hospitality businesses in their success by partnering with their businesses in menu development, menu costing, and their purchasing decisions. Sally spent the next 15 years managing a 100 property vacation rental company, working with her team and homeowners to ensure that guests had a wonderful vacation experience. Happy patrons and excellent client service have been her life’s work!
Sally is excited to now be part of Patrice and Associates Recruiting Specialists with the West Michigan team led by Doug Lockwood. It really is about relationships and Sally has enjoyed the process of meeting candidates, spending time with them, and matching them with new opportunities. It also has been great learning about our client’s businesses and their needs and searching for the candidates that will enhance their teams. She has relationships in the industry throughout West Michigan that enhance her ability to assist. Sally looks forward to working to help you find your next opportunity or your best team member ever!