What a year this has been! While we entertained some, after your visit, it was not nearly as much as we would have liked!The entertaining we were able to do went fabulously well. Our staff are excited to be part of the evening festivities. Thanks to you both, they have more confidence, a better understanding of good service, and are willing to work at perfecting it. The staff do not want outsiders working at the house and, instead, have chosen to spilt the working evenings between themselves!I have not taken the opportunity to write a note expressing my gratitude for what you added to our home- let me share some of my thoughts.I appreciate the care, enthusiasm, and esteem given to our staff to help them understand their value. You and Mary were able to impart this to them better than anyone would imagine and the changes in the running of the house have been lovely. They are following your guidelines, working on the household binder, chef is cleaning his own kitchen, and Daniel is calming down enough to focus(most days!). When issues arise they attempt to solve for themselves, only bringing the most difficult issues to me. Each person, I believe is happier now than before, and thinking through their day rather than just mindlessly attending to their tasks.I had the impression Mary, and perhaps you too, Xavier, are feeling the service field has changed dramatically, not needing your expertise to train, coach and guide any longer. I feel strongly that we, as a people, nation, and world, need your expertise today more than before. Please, Please do not stop training! Train trainers. Train principals. Train government. Train, those with a service heart, is the art of service and how gracious living is perpetuated.May the New Year bring you moments of joy, laughter, and most especially time with loved ones. (and ones to train!!)All my best,S. Leroy
There are no words to express how ridiculous these accusations are. This seems like an act of an individual that wants to shame and misjudge a woman that has worked hard to make her name and brand in this country, a woman that has been the aide of and for so many members of the African American community and many others from various countries myself included.
To shame and call this woman a racist is beyond ridiculous. Jealousy comes in many forms and from many people of any race.
I would so turn around and call out this individual and her boyfriend for attempting to weaponize what has been happening in the media and around the globe as a muse to quench their horrid thirst for hate and jealousy.
Mary Louise Rohl Starkey, please do not give satisfaction to these individuals. As you have taught me over the years to know who I am I remind you of who you are. And a racist is not it.
“You and your team showed me so much kindness and understanding. You also taught me skills that I use every day in every environment…you and your team were a big inspiration in my life and a force for good. I would like to thank you for all your effort and true friendship you showed me. You are a class act and I cherish my memories at Starkey all the time.”
J. Stravoscoufis, Starkey Class of 2004
Mary Louise Starkey has changed countless people’s lives, many colors, races, poor, rich -she has purpose and is kind helping our great military and the USA and many other nations….she is a family lady raising wonderful children and helping friends,relatives
You are one of the most the most amazing person I had meet in my life, kind, caring compassionate, I experience this wonderful thing I have learned a lot from you is sad you are experience this situation, as a person of color make no sense for me , we love you Mary Louise Rohl Starkey
Starkey Int., is the best Estate and Household mngmt program in the country and arguably the world. As a graduate of both the standard and advanced course; as a practicing manager of a 50k sq ft primary and multiple residence operation; having a degree in hotel/restaurant mnmgt and been in military service for 24 years I feel fairly qualified to make these following statements. (I just wanted to separate myself from some commentators who never actually attended any courses or know Mrs. Starkey but somehow feel compelled to leave a negative comments).
To sum up with a personal note, Starkey quite literally changed MY life to something that for a kid who grew up in a double wide trailer could never have imagined. I work very hard and always reach to be better. My loyalty, honesty and work ethic are above reproach. My principal’s are unbelievably kind and generous and there is aught I would not do for them. I am compensated exceptionally generously for what I do. But I showed up to the courses ready to both learn and work. I showed up with a desire to be counted among the best. I expected to earn what I received and with THAT attitude everything I hoped for came true.
As a bonus, I still count Mrs. Starkey, and Mr. Medicine and the Starkey staff as personal friends. How cool is that? Because Starkey means family. I have observed and interacted with Mrs. Starkey and Mr. Medicine both professionally and personally. I have been invited to speak to classes and functioned as Sous Chef for the formal dinners. My wife and I shared vacation with them.
Why do I give all this detail? For this reason and this reason alone. I know her “on and off duty”, I know her as the headmistress of Starkey International, I know her as a close friend I still call “Mama”. So for those of you who have any damn doubt:
As a member in good standing with my clan:
As a former Eagle Scout:
As a Senior Non-Commissioned Officer in the USAF
Mrs. Mary L. Starkey is one of the most upstanding and dignified ladies the good Lord put on this earth. Her integrity, honor and loyalty are absolutely above reproach.
Thank you for such a wonderful experience. The month spent together was life-changing! Hope our paths cross again sooner than later.”-Jesse Swayze, Certified Household Manager, October 2020
With the deepest kind of gratitude and the sweetest kind of joy, I simply want to thank you for being… all that you are to me and to many of Your students.
I still feel like a million dollar person thanks to the Institute that was established and run by You, Mrs. Starkey.
I learned so much and understand the world of high society thanks to You, Mrs. Starkey.
You are truly amazing. Anyone would be privileged to know You because You are a one- of- a kind inspiration.
Thank you for every word and advice.
Thank you for every comment or lecture.
Thank you for every teacher that You chose.
Thank you for every field trip and book.
Thank you for all the stories You had mentioned.
May God always bless you with abundant blessings!