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Patricia "Pat" Richards
Jacqui Francis was born in Kingston, Jamaica. Her career in catering began in 1986 with a mobile hotel service. In 1995, she was invited to Jamaica House as Executive Chef for P.J. Patterson, Prime Minister of Jamaica. For 10 years her cuisine brought together international Kings, Queens, diplomats, and heads-of-state; including Queen Elizabeth II, Prince Phillip, Duke of Edinburgh, and their daughter Princess Anne.
Jacqui has been nominated Best Caterer five years in a row by the Jamaica Observer. Her recipes have been published in several Jamaican and international magazines. In 2007, Jacqui moved to Houston, TX with her family. She has appeared on Great Day Houston and CW 39 Chew on This. In 2011, she was awarded for her leadership by the Texas Women's Empowerment Forum at The 2008 Empowerment Conference brought great motivational speakers to Houston. Most recently, she was selected HEB's Best of Texas Primo Picks Finalist (2015).
Patricia Richards brings Jacqui's Gourmet more than 30 years of leadership experience with responsibility for sales, operational delivery, management, business development and IT services initiatives for the public and private sectors in both domestic and international locations across North and South America, Europe, AsiaPac, and the Caribbean across many industries including Health Care, Commercial, Financial, Government, Transportation, Energy.
She has served in several senior executive roles, chaired boards, presented to congressional and state legislative bodies, guest speaker at several Universities and won performance awards including the National Women in Technology – Career Excellence, Baltimore, Maryland.
Pat (Patricia) and Jacqui have been friends since childhood. Their lasting camaraderie and mutual respect has borne fruit in their passionate collaboration to package, position and target healthy, exciting, elevated Jamaican flavors for the discerning taste. Jacqui’s Gourmet will be leveraging Patricia’s expertise and specialization in:
- Client relationships
- Marketing and Product management
- Alliance partnerships
- Financial management
- Technology Deployments
- Organizational Development and Change management
As an investor and executive partner, Pat is responsible for assisting in driving revenue growth by building a differentiated market awareness of the scrumptious Jacqui’s Gourmet assets.