Anyone who’s ever called or visited CornerCap knows Patrice as the face of our firm. She brightens the days of clients and employees alike with her contagious energy and always positive outlook. Patrice’s primary focus is making sure that clients connect as quickly as possible – by phone or in person – with our wealth advisors and client service managers whenever they have a question or a need arises. Her administrative expertise is extensive, and she ensures the business operations of our firm run smoothly day in and day out so that client service can be kept at the forefront of all we do. Patrice joined CornerCap in 2000 with an already exceptional background in customer service from her time working at GE. She keeps her skills sharp as a member of the International Association of Administrative Professionals.
Why did you choose to join CornerCap?
When I first walked into CornerCap, I didn’t know anything about the company – but I knew instantly that the company leaders I met in my interview were incredible people. Leaving the office that first time, I knew it was a special place to work, and I’m so glad Tom agreed to hire me. Working at CornerCap for 19 years is a pleasure every day.
How do you spend your time outside of the office?
My life is consumed with caring for my family – which includes our loving mom, my wonderful hubby, adult kids, our grandkids and their school activities – not to mention our “grand fur” Milan! Church is also an important part of my life and keeps me hopeful.
What was your first job, and how did it influence your ultimate career path?
My first job was at McDonald’s on Bankhead Hwy in northwest Atlanta. While the building is no longer there, the value of earning a paycheck which I learned there has encouraged me to keep it up!
If someone gave you a million dollars to start your own charity, what cause would you focus on?
I think I would have to split the money four ways to focus on the various causes that are important to me: (1) helping underprivileged Atlanta kids after school with homework and developing skills for lifelong success, (2) a program to help struggling males and connect them back to their families, (3) a program to help single parents understand the importance of making right choices in their relationships and lives and (4) a large secured building to house, equip, and feed our growing homeless population.