Starkey International Institute for Household Management

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Mission Statement

"Create and serve a world-class Private Service industry in which Estate Management, Household Management, the Personal Assistant, Butlering, and Private Chef Service are viewed as art forms, where continuing education and growth are valued and standards of professionalism are recognized, honored, and fortified."


Ms. Valerie Albano

Ms. Valerie AlbanoDirector of Admissions/Student Services Coordinator

Valerie Albano graduated from Richard Stockton College of NJ with degrees in Business/Finance and English Education. She has been in the education industry for over 17 years and has taught both in the US and Italy. She is passionate about helping people develop their talents and realize their goals. As the Director of Admissions/Student Services Coordinator at Starkey International, she is the consummate professional who will guide you through the admissions process and help you develop the perfect profile to assist you in attaining your ideal position!

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History and Philosophy

Tea ServiceMary Louise Starkey began Starkey & Associates, Inc. in January 1981, offering housekeeping and placement services. In November 1989, Mary Starkey created Starkey International Institute for Household Management in response to marketplace requests for trained and skilled professionals. Since its first class offering in January of 1990, the Institute has benefited from the presence of old-world European and American Butlers, experienced service professionals, and Household and Estate Managers from the United States and abroad.

The Starkey Curriculum teaches private service expertise; and an organizational structure which supports the management of complex homes and lifestyles. The curriculum is creative, interactive, and transformational in style and is a method of conceptual and hands-on education that teaches the Household Manager and Personal Assistant to identify and attend to the specific needs or Service Standards of the Principal and household.


Mr. Xavier Medecin

Xavier MedecinVice President of International Development

Born in Menton, France and raised in Monaco, Mr. Medecin grew up in a family of restaurateurs. His first official position after studying hotel and restaurant management as a young man was at the service of the Royal Family, Princess Grace and Prince Rainier of Monaco. His career has spanned from working with well-known businessmen to Heads of State in Europe, China and Africa. He has served as a butler throughout the world in private villas and onboard mega yachts, has opened and trained in luxury hotels and has owned renowned restaurants in San Francisco, California. A graduate of both Starkey International and The International Butler Academy in the Netherlands, where he also taught, he comes to Starkey in charge of international development with 35 years of hospitality, education and service management knowledge paired with entrepreneurial expertise that few in the service profession can parallel.

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