Thanks to the Wealth Bulletin News for featuring Starkey International in a recent article. Here is the excerpt of that article:
Denver-based Starkey International Institute for Household Management runs several training courses for aspiring butlers, or household management, as is the Starkey line. Starkey places mainly in the US, but has seen a burgeoning demand for household help from other countries.
Household managers are trained in every aspect of domestic etiquette, from ironing a pair of French cuffs to clipping a 1926 Pardona cigar.
The full article can be found here: Wealth Bulletin News
Mary Starkey, who founded the company 28 years ago when she realised there was a gap in the market for butler training, said the demand for domestic service is growing, despite the world’s richest losing over $150bn this year according to Forbes.
She said: “The household management industry is somewhat recession-proof. There will always be wealthy people and they increasingly need help to coordinate their busy lives.”
She said as the globalisation of wealth spreads, she is getting requests for household managers from all over the world. Starkey also runs training courses offsite, where trainers are sent into a residence to retrain household staff according to the Starkey philosophy.
Starkey says she owes much of her expertise to the original queen of household management, Mrs Beeton. One of her most prized possessions is an original copy of Mrs Beeton’s Book of Household Management, first published in 1861.