Starkey Estate Manager/Chef
Administrative, Housekeeping, and Maintenance.
I am part of a large family with five children, a career military father and a gentle Southern mother. Although my parents are deceased, their legacy of instilling strong character, integrity and an incomparable work ethic have contributed to success in every facet of my work and private life. While I consider Michigan my home, I have lived all over the world, and regularly communicate with my siblings to discuss family issues and catch up as friends. Early on, I worked in the mortgage business; I reported to 3 company vice presidents and was responsible for the management of their sizable loan portfolio. Direction of support staff through effective communication along with strong organizational skills and attention to detail helped our team achieve our goals. These organizational skills along with the fastidious nature of my personality have been the key to my success in the world of business and have ultimately translated to my success in managing households. Growing up, military service was my way of life, and now as an adult, Household Management service is my way of life.
As my career in Private Service has evolved, so has my family. I cherish my time with my wife and children, and am fortunate that my wife is able to stay home with our children and provide a loving, nurturing environment for them. Quality of life is very important to me – both in supporting my Principal’s quality of life, as well as having quality time with my family when possible.
I have been employed in a variety of Private Service positions, both as a Household Manager and as an Estate Manager. Through all of these positions, I have preferred to keep my hands-on perspective.
I have assisted in all facets of management from working with vendors to supporting a variety of household staff. This has included hiring caterers and supporting entertaining. When asked to take on additional responsibilities, I view the challenge with enthusiasm – I always rise to the occasion and make sure the task is completed and lives up to or exceeds the expected standards.
Earning my Household Management Certification at Starkey International allowed me to more clearly identify the strengths I possess and also acted as a conduit directing me to a specific career in private service. When determining the area where the most satisfaction was derived, serving people’s needs always comes to the forefront. I greatly enjoy being in a position that allows the utilization of my organizational skills and attention to detail, leading staff and taking that extra step to provide satisfaction for my employer in anticipating needs and "making a difference".
My top Service Standards are Administrative, Housekeeping, and Maintenance.
Personal Statement (continued):
Administrative – I am highly adept at organizing office files, paying bills, developing and resourcing good employees and vendors, supporting daily household operations while keeping an overall household calendar for all daily, weekly and seasonal Housekeeping, Maintenance and Property & Grounds needs. Much communication tends to happen electronically, which I do very well. I also excel at caring for valuables from furniture to artwork. I have recently been part of a team at our property that developed an entire Maintenance Matrix covering all engineering and care needs for our property and grounds.
Housekeeping – I have always enjoyed living and working in a very clean and organized environment. I feel a sense of immediate satisfaction seeing a space go from messy or unorganized to clean and orderly. Because of my hands-on nature, there is no task to large or too small for me to tackle. I am comfortable training staff and upholding standards throughout the home. I have learned that developing customized zoning and task sheets immediately raises standards within a home.
Maintenance – I consider myself to be a “Jack of all trades” and capable of problem solving in a variety of situations. I have performed basic maintenance tasks in all of my positions, as well as in my own home. My maintenance skills have been honed over the years while maintaining large estates and properties both through hands-on tasks as well as managing vendors for larger or more complex projects. Implementing task sheets and maintenance schedules has become second nature to me, and I enjoy seeing projects through from conception to completion.