We made an Aspen field trip last week to attend the Greenalicious fund raiser to help raise awareness of children’s obesity. It was a wonderful experience for me, our Chef Althoff, and our Director of Placement, Gary Smith. We donated one of our wonderful 9 course private formal dinners here at the mansion…I believe it sold for $4,500. The Children’s Health Foundation brought in notable Chef’s from all over the US, and as you might imagine, the food was sensational. As a side note, the auction was one of the best I have ever attended. My 2 entertainment centered sons and their wives will be receiving for Christmas a free trip to Nashville with center seats at a Grand Ole Opry concert and private sessions with song producers. I hope they think I am a great mom!
Household Management Class 120 completed their entertaining curriculum of wine and formal entertaining last night. We often donate our dinners to a non-profit and are purchased by a patron, and this was no exception. The guests, a lovely group of 12, mostly Denver physicians were mesmerized by not only the finally choreographed ballet of service directed by Debra Bullock, but the culinary artistry created by Chef Althoff was absolutely over the top this time. In my world travels, I have developed a pallet, and Chef's creamy artichoke soup was indeed a masterpiece. Thanks to all, students and staff both at the front of the house and the back. Dr. Lloyd Lewan and I agreed, it was a first class experience!
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December 26, 2010
Versailles Residences Development
Starkey International is honored to be chosen as part of AM Property of Shanghai, China’s Dream Team for their just-announced development Versailles Residences, located near the capital city of Beijing, China. Versailles is being developed by the Yangang Group, highly recognized for new vision of luxury residences to China.
AM Property Management, under the guidance of Manlo Cheng, chose Starkey International for Service Training of all private service staff, the Wiseman Group of San Francisco for Interior Design, BCAL of Melbourne, Australia for Architectural & Landscape Design, and Identica of Shanghai for Branding Consultants. Starkey will continue to bring a new level of service to China by positioning the Versailles Residences to experience the luxury and refinement until now only available to presidents and royals.
Not new to China, Starkey initially trained the Private Service personnel at the world famous Le Chateau, which has now become the primary residence for most of the official diplomats living in Shanghai, and also the well-respected Sandalwood Residences of Shanghai. Starkey International is the world leader in its superior private service training and continues to position service as an expertise! Starkey International’s website can be found at www.starkeyintl.com. For more information contact Mr. Manlo Cheng at firstname.lastname@example.org, www.hbygvt.com, http://www.amproperty.com.cn or Mobile 139-01757853
Hello Mrs. Starkey,
We had a hot but productive summer here at the residence, many large projects and keeping up with 4 acres of lush property. A new fence and gate project of which I was asked to oversee from inception to finish is now almost complete.
My Principals and others who know the house and property say that it has never looked as good as it does now since they purchased it in 2005. So I would assume that this means the Starkey Graduate you placed here is doing you proud.
Just hosted a party here for the high net worth friends my Principal who share their support for our local Children’s hospital foundation. There were many here whose name you would recognize. Photo is of the evening’s entertainment Larry Gatlin (and Brothers) and myself. It was so wonderful.
Best to you.
I can consider myself a religious and a spiritual man. The religious aspect of me can be best compared to that of a religious extremist, because those within my network promoted nothing except our own beliefs, values, and ghetto moral fiber. We believed in our turf; we worshipped it. We cared nothing for society’s wants, hopes, needs and dreams simply because they never cared for any of our own. Our distorted reality only aggravated these circumstances and we evolved to become volatile concoctions of mayhem and destruction- which ultimately insured that not only do we become a highly potential risk to the status quo and our own collective societies; we become victims to our own venomous, psychoactive selves. This caste of young miscreants and hooligans that I describe has been classified as gang-members. They infect the population like the AIDS virus.
The inevitable outcome of this complex life-problem is simply death or prison. It has conditioned us to accept this grim truth. Death is the only collector that cannot be ducked and dodged. We recklessly have beckoned this entity that we have termed as Death. At one time or another, we’ve stared it in the eyes in heavy situations… and it blinked first. MY own reward for this transitory victory was being remanded to a county jail first hand, then ultimately sent to a Colorado prison for multiple years.
Reverend Leon Kelly (Open Door Youth Gang Alternative) and I crossed paths due to my parole officer recommending that I participate in a brand-new program that was solely structured around my own personal gang-related issues. In the past, I’d been forced to attend drug and alcohol classes due to it being D.O.C. (Department of Corrections) protocol and conditions of my former parole agreement. However, I’m not truly a slave to any substance except the gang culture. At one time, it was my God, my wife, my child… If it did not exist, neither did my life. Before meeting the Reverend, life was a program that I believed I had all figured out. I was a machine; a soldier, a bastard progeny of preceding ghetto bastards of the same design.
I met with the Reverend in his office when his Flipping the Script Program was just in its initial stages. We dialogued on personal levels- as well as on impersonal and indifferent planes. He emphasized that he wanted no talkers and half-walkers. He only wanted a family that genuinely craved change, and ultimately progress. I wasn’t buying a D.O.C. funded program for individuals of my caliber though. I was taught to trust no one. Despite this, I agreed to his terms and attended the first gang-class funded by the D.O.C.
Pointedly, not only myself, but a majority of those in attendance were extremely distrustful and critical of everyone’s motives and intentions who were invited to speak at each specific class that spanned for six weeks. I could most certainly be considered the most critical of my peers in attendance. I was rude, hostile, intrusive and bluntly, a total prick in the side of those who ultimately, at that time, clutched my fate in their hands. They gave me multiple ‘passes’. Aside from my own choices, I could have regressed back to the D.O.C. from my abject disrespect alone. I suppose they all saw a potential in me that I could not see in myself at the time.
I don’t know where it started, but the Reverend began to have a positive impact on me. When I ran out of gas while heading to his class, he was the one who tended to my needs when I had nothing except an ankle monitor, and a curfew. At this time, he bought a gas can, filled it with gasoline, and did not leave me until my vehicle operated sufficiently. He consoled me in my most dire moments and quelled my apprehension. He has imparted different perspectives for me to embrace, or consider at the least. As part of this class curriculum, he required us to write in detail what our life plan was. I explained how I wanted to be a published writer. In our meeting, he remarked, “Okay, so you want to be a writer someday.”
I replied, “No, I am a writer. I have already written books.”
“So what do you need?” he inquired. “I need time and a computer…” Within a week, he had a laptop for me and I began to type on it like a mad scientist. There was not one excuse I could proffer at this point for being unable to pursue my most fervent aspirations and dreams. There was once a Fisher of Men in the old days; today, we have a fisher of little ghetto boys that hear and see nothing,. Yet this stubborn man continues to fish and consider each intermittent catch he encounters to be a grand feast. I thank him for not giving up on me. He saw potential in me that I indeed see, but am also afraid of. The Reverend constantly emphasizes, “I believe in all of you, but I am unable to believe in you more than you believe in yourselves.”
I don’t know how this old-timer hooked and reeled me in, but I’ve been ensnared and still do not know the formula in which he accomplished it. I still stumble, but do so less now. I am a gang-junkie and the only treatment afforded to us is a scholarship to prison or an early grave. The Reverend is like the soldier on the battlefield who sees me get riddled with slugs by the enemies, and still refuses to leave me behind. What kind of comrade does this? Only my ‘Bigg Homies’ have done this. The rest already exist in permanent absence and there is nothing I can proffer except my pleas to the Almighty to bless their souls.
On the 5th of November, 2010, I was invited to an exquisite dinner at the Starkey Mansion hosted by Dr. Lloyd Lewan and Mary Louise Starkey. I was given a black suit to wear, a tie and white shirt. I looked pretty good but it was an honor that I believed I didn’t even truly deserve.
Upon arrival, I quickly became introduced to a quality of life, elegance and etiquette that is alien to my own polarized concept of how this immense world functions. Our host, the First Lady of Service, Ms. Mary Louise Starkey welcomed us and orchestrated the event like a highly skillful symphony composer. It was a nine course feast; many of the foods were new. Their Chef had formerly served 3 Presidents, a Vice President, and Queen Noor in his long career. During the course of the evening we were invited to participate in what she calls mirrored service with her service students (Starkey International Institute for Household Management), tales of etiquette and their historical origin, and to in turn answer the question, “Tell your story of coming from a great famine to a wonderful life feast.” She challenged those of us in attendance to share our truths, our highs and our lows that we have encountered through prison and the course of our lives We (those who have partaken of the same grim cup of experience) were treated as equals.
The words and views we shared were weighed with value, not with condescension. I elicited many genuine smiles that night because I was not perceived as the individual I have been in the former days. I was “a young man.” I was a civilian. I have been an urban politician and an uncompromising soldier for over sixteen years and I have grown tired of such nonsense now. I was happy to not have to put on a façade for this occasion. I was happy to simply be myself and be classified as a young man.
My spiritual essence is now what hinders me from relapsing back into gang mayhem. I love life. I respect life. I love and respect my freedom as well. I still don’t know how the Reverend ‘got’ me. I believed to be one among a dying breed, to be too obdurate and irresolute to change. He reeled me out of that murky water and I have been nursed back to becoming able to breathe oxygen that is free of the contaminants that will insure my spiritual and carnal death. He is a dying breed; possibly the Denver city’s progeny of gang advocacy. He has made significant progress…he was able to influence me.
Coming up for air and admiring the new class we have starting today. All our of 1 week and 4 week members are bright, responsible and have a combined field experience of 7 ½ years in the Private Service Industry. We are truly lucky to have them on board. The 8 week class for those folks out there with 5 or less years of experience is starting on April 5th! If you are interested in attending this course, it is NOT too late to submit an application J
Ms. Kristin Parks
January flew by like it was a dream. Mr. Jardine and myself have been on the phone non-stop since the beginning of the year. Now that I have a chance to come up for air, I wanted to remind the rest of you out there that we have a 1 week Systems Course and a 4 week Manager’s course being offered in March. THAT IS RIGHT AROUND THE CORNER! These courses are designed to expand on skill sets that are already established. So, if you have been in the Private Service Industry for 5 years or more and have been following Starkey International, wanting to know our systems….NOW is the time to register!
Please contact Donald Jardine or myself with any questions you may have.
Mr. Donald Jardine & Ms. Kristin Parks
Admissions is buzzing with all the new students we have in our mansion this season. We couldn’t be more excited with all this new energy! We are already starting to process applications for our upcoming March 1 & 4 week classes, and our April 8 week class. Remember! The resources here at Starkey International have already proven to be invaluable to all career changing students J Including, but not limited to: our new Chief Operating Officer who just semi – retired from 30 years in the Private Service Industry, our detailed class materials that are included in the admission’s price, and also our friendly staff who would bend-over-backwards to help you out J We look forward to getting to know each and every one of our potential Starkey Graduates in 2010!
Don’t forget to register for Restoring The Art 2010! This year promises to be educational and fun! You can Click Here to find out more information.
Mr. Donald Jardine and Ms. Kristin Parks
Our 1st class of the year is starting today J We have a full house again, and life is pumping throughout the mansion after the holidays. It seems that with our ever-changing economy, our class schedule has taken under a face-lift of its own! We are offering more classes in more locations for 2010 than ever before! If you have been following the Starkey Blog and are wondering if we will be having classes in your area, please don’t hesitate to contact us as soon as possible! We would love to be of assistance. You can also check out our 2010 Schedule of Course Offerings on our website.
Donald Jardine & Ms. Kristin Parks
Our Admissions team is super busy this season with new applications on our desk every day. We are excited, busy, and hopeful for all these potential students! We certainly have seem to have some top-notch applicants coming through our ‘doors’! Our next set of classes start in January 2010. Our 8 week Management Program starts here in Denver on January 11, 2010. That class is almost full already! Our 4 week Managers program starts January 4th, 2010 here in Denver as well. We have an applicant coming half-way across the world for this course. Then we have two 1 week Systems courses being offered on either January 4th or January 11th, 2010. These courses offer an overview of our software systems and are designed for the experienced Private Service Professional. Can’t wait to get this New Year started off with a bang!
Dear Starkey Star’s, Friends, and Employers;
Greetings, just a short note to share our amazing news! We have had a great fall and finally, we are about as busy as we can be. Employers have come back and now ready to hire, and our January classes, both 4 and 8 week, starting January 4 and January 11, 2010 happily are almost filled. Mr. Donald Jardine (30 year veteran Estate Manager joined us in July) and along with our Kristin Parks, have continued to generate new energy and life. Like all of us, it has been a difficult and uncertain year, and I am relieved to experience Starkey International again, as we have for the last 30 years.
I know I have an angel on my shoulder as The Costco Connection article came out in August reaching over 8 million readers, many of whom are just right for the Private Service Profession. You know Starkey recruits quick, bright, educated, hands-on and service smart professionals who are certified in Household Management, have healthy self esteems, and who recognize their value. Thank you Costco!
We completed our 4-week Certified Managers Course in Washington, DC in October and our 8-week Certified Household Management Course in Colorado this last Friday. The legendary Mr. Ted Turner attended one of our formal dinners. A lovely gentleman, I took great delight in thanking him for Turner Classic Movies, my late night TV watching channel. From the Costco Connection article, we also attracted my all time favorite: NBC’s Today Show! They came to learn about Starkey and filmed another of our formal dinners. The Today Show piece will run this Wednesday, November 25, in the 7:00am hour, MST; we would love your comments.�
The U.S. Military on November 3rd, 2009, elected yet another Starkey Graduate, MSgt Clayton Cooper, Air Force Enlisted Aide, as Armed Forces Enlisted Aide of the year! Congratulations MSgt Cooper!
Lastly, we take pride in thinking out of the box to continue to meet Private Service needs, and our box is getting bigger! We are seeking to hire Graduates in the 2010 to support our growth. If you are an experienced, and Starkey Certified Graduate, and would consider giving back to the profession through education on a world stage, call us and continue the Starkey tradition; Service as an Expertise!
Mary Louise Starkey
CEO Starkey International
The holiday season is upon us and Starkey is preparing for the party season. Starkey Mansion is fervently making plans for a Holiday Open House coming in December. The date is being finalized and will be posted just as soon as the details are worked out. If you are interested in our Holiday Open House, please don’t hesitate to contact me J
Also…RESTORING THE ART annual conference is just around the corner. How time flies when we are working diligently! Starkey International is also working overtime to get all the details finalized. We are really excited about our main event this year! It promises to ‘outshine’ all the RTA’s before it. Again, if you are interested in more details for RTA, please keep checking back to this website or you can contact me directly at the number or email listed below.
Have a great Holiday Season!
Ms. Kristin Parks
We here at Starkey are grateful for wonderful friendships we have with our students and clients. We are truly lucky to be a part of your lives! Starkey is excited to dive into the new year to continue to nurture new and existing relationships. Our next round of classes start on January 4th, 2010 and January 11th, 2010. We have a large variety of classes being offered…a little something for every experience level. If you are a Starkey Graduate, Client, or potential student, please check out our 2010 schedule. It promises to be a fruitful year!
U.S. Commerce Association’s Award Plaque Honors the Achievement
WASHINGTON D.C., June 8, 2009 — Starkey International Institute of Household Management has been selected for the 2009 Denver Award in the Vocational Schools category by the U.S. Commerce Association (USCA).
The USCA “Best of Local Business” Award Program recognizes outstanding local businesses throughout the country. Each year, the USCA identifies companies that they believe have achieved exceptional marketing success in their local community and business category. These are local companies that enhance the positive image of small business through service to their customers and community.
Various sources of information were gathered and analyzed to choose the winners in each category. The 2009 USCA Award Program focused on quality, not quantity. Winners are determined based on the information gathered both internally by the USCA and data provided by third parties.
About U.S. Commerce Association (USCA)
U.S. Commerce Association (USCA) is a Washington D.C. based organization funded by local businesses operating in towns, large and small, across America. The purpose of USCA is to promote local business through public relations, marketing and advertising.
The USCA was established to recognize the best of local businesses in their community. Our organization works exclusively with local business owners, trade groups, professional associations, chambers of commerce and other business advertising and marketing groups. Our mission is to be an advocate for small and medium size businesses and business entrepreneurs across America.
SOURCE: U.S. Commerce Association
This new economy has created many new challenges for all people – businesses, working people, and students alike. Many of the traditional lending sources have limited access to funding once easily obtained. Sallie Mae Financial, a traditional education lending source, cut 3,000 Private Career Schools from their programs in the Spring 2009. The majority of which were in good standing but had a smaller population than the larger state or community colleges.
Starkey International Institute has taken the lead and has been seeking alternate sources of financing for students desiring to attend one of our premier courses in Certified Household Management. Keep in mind that home equity loans, personal lines of credit and your stock portfolio are still excellent cash resources already at your disposal.
In addition, Starkey has setup a relationship with American General Financial Services in Denver, Colorado for those who would qualify for a personal loan. A down payment will be required and the interest rate starts at 17%. You would apply directly with the lender and they can send your tuition funds directly to Starkey International.
Additionally, it used to be that only persons who have an employer sponsor, a family member or an association with a Credit Union could seek membership with a credit union. This is no longer the case. Many credit unions across the country are now allowing membership with a small contribution (many times $5) to a sponsored organization which is deposited into a savings account you own. You may apply online for loans at very reasonable interest rates – some as low as 10%. If approved you will need to visit the credit union to sign signature cards and receive your loan funds to deliver to Starkey International.
These are just a few of the additional resources that Starkey has been able to identify for potential students to access. As we discover other resources we will be sure to notify you. If you find a resource we would love hearing from you too.
As our world and economy changes, your education is more important than ever. We at Starkey International look forward to speaking with you soon.
We are enjoying the beautiful crisp air, the changing aspens, and a full class to start on September 28th! It’s now time to start focusing on our last class of the year. We are offering one more 1 week systems course starting October 26th – October 30th, 2009. This course is for experienced household managers and personal assistants who want to bring the Starkey software into their Principal’s estates. If you are interested in more information, please contact me at your earliest convenience as these seats are filling up quickly!