Certified Household Manager
I was born into a military tradition rich family in Baltimore Maryland. I grew up in Ohio after my Father exited the Navy and we settled down where my mother’s family lived. By the time I was five years old, the decision for my parents to divorce was decided. I was raised by a hard working mother. I spent quite a bit of time with my grandparents, especially my grandmother who took me under her wing, or apron, I should say and began showing me the love that good food can bring. We lived a very normal, blue collar, middle class life with lots of love and family gatherings. Through some tough experiences early in my life, I am very grateful as it has helped me understand the importance of work ethic, love, relationships, and commitment. I was blessed to be raised by a service heart to live life with a service heart.
My father worked in the food industry most of his life as a cook in the Navy, as a demo cook for a grocery chain, as a chef for an upscale hotel chain in Florida, as a cake decorator and baker, and finally, as he approaches retirement, he is enjoying managing the food & beverage department for one of the School Districts in Hillsborough County, Florida. My mother started in the service industry as a waitress and spent the rest of her working days until retirement in the manufacturing industry with Midwest Industries in Willard, Ohio. Both of my parents worked very hard as I was growing up. I learned from a young age how working hard and doing things the right way could lead to a successful life.
Pride of Military and Service was always part of our lives in our family with my Grandfather serving proudly aboard the USS New Jersey (BB-62) during the Korean War, and my father and two of my uncles all served respectfully in the Navy and Army themselves. It wasn’t until the tragic events of 9/11 that the thoughts of myself serving started to fester inside of me. I worked tirelessly for the next two years in the manufacturing industry at American Standard in Tiffin, Ohio, all while raising two beautiful daughters with my now wife at an early age. I then lost my Father in Law, who also served proudly in the Army, to his battle with Lung cancer in November of 2002. Caring for him as he was losing his battle caused me to ultimately lose my position at American Standard. With a family to care for, it was the push I needed to finally stand up and join the Greatest Nation in the world and enter the Army in January 2003, just two months after Denny’s passing. Just one month prior, I had married the love of my life Sherry, and we now have three grown children who we love and cherish dearly.
It has been my honor to serve my country over the last 19 years in the United States Army as a Sergeant First Class. I currently serve as an Enlisted Aide to the Deputy Commander, United States Northern Command. I have learned an incredible amount about leadership and service while serving in the Army and while living the Army core values of Loyalty, Duty, Respect, Selfless Service, Honor, Integrity, and Personal Courage. This career has afforded me the opportunity to learn and enhance my culinary skills tremendously by attending some advanced culinary courses, a civilian internship at the Union League of Chicago, and cross training with some of the most amazing chef minds our nation’s services have to offer.
My training and job experience as an Enlisted Aide has given me the opportunity to take care of households, serve, and entertain over seven General and Flag Officers and their families.
I am self-confident and trusting. My military service taught me to be well-groomed and to have a professional appearance. I have leadership with a sense of purpose and I am able to effectively communicate any tasks at hand, having a great ability to communicate and master the moment. My friends and family love my devotion and commitment while being light hearted and funny. Everyone knows if they are in need they can always count on me.
My personal service goal is to ensure high-quality service is provided to all. I always feel my job should be accomplished to the highest of standards. I am proud to be a graduate of the Starkey International Institute for Household Management, having earned the title of Certified Household Manager in accordance with a curriculum approved by the State of Colorado. I now understand what it means to be able to not only “Identify a Service Standard, or Vision”, but to use that information in the creation of a Customized Service Delivery System. Perhaps this Customized Service Delivery System could serve your family. My wife, Sherry, and I are open to almost any opportunity and location/locations as long as it is with the perfect family; a family who would like to have an honest, loyal, trustworthy and dedicated Service Heart to serve them. I (we) will be waiting.
My objective is to work in the private sector where my experience as a military professional, Household Manager (Enlisted Aide) & Private Chef for 8 General and Flag Officers, is used to serve my principals to the highest of standards. I have expertise in working in large residences managing daily schedules of staff and directing vendors to ensure the residence is functioning to the highest of standards. I am a highly experienced household manager and chef who has successfully delivered 14 years of high-level engagements with high ranking military, civilian, and government officials and foreign dignitaries.