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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. (more…)
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! (more…)
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. (more…)
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. (more…)
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!
5 weeks to go! The countdown has begun and we are thrilled, energized, and optimistic about the future here at Starkey International Institute. Our classes our filling up quickly, both in Denver and Washington DC. If you have ever thought about starting a new career as a Certified Household Manager, there is no better time than right now to come on board! We have clients who are actively searching our Starkey Graduate database to choose the right graduate for their home! Our clients choose us because Starkey International Institute delivers ‘service as an expertise’.
I recently went to the newly released movie featuring the life of Julia Child, Julie & Julia! For those of us who have ever had a dream, and struggled many years to achieve it, it was downright inspirational! I loved it. It’s important not to take one’s self too seriously, but after 30 years in Private Service and now achieving age 60, it’s hard not to take some time on the subject. What I saw in the movie was an ambitious young woman, seeking to find her gift in life. Ultimately she found her calling writing about cooking with the great and very humorous Julia Child as her muse. I decided right then and there that while I have written many texts and manuals in the field of my passion, Household Management and Service, I have not often written from my heart. To that end, I am beginning today to do so. I hope you like what you read, and will respond if you feel inspired to do so! (more…)
By former Presidential Chef Bill Althoff
Did you know that as a baseline it takes 2 hours to prep, prepare, serve, and clean up one average meal for 4 persons?
Excerpt Original Guide to Private Service Management, Starkey International
The Super Grain
Perhaps many in the world have never heard of the grain—Quinoa (pronounced keen-wah). Farmed for thousands of years it is the grain of the pitseed plant grown in the Andes Mountains since the Inca civilization. It is known as the super grain of today. You can find it at your local grocers in the rice and cous cous section of the store. It cooks similar to the way rice does, it is recommended you do not rinse it. I like to cook it with chicken broth instead of water. You can season it with a wide variety of spices, I like to add saffron or my favorite is to cook it until it is almost ready and add my favorite sautéed vegetable in the pot.
So if you haven’t heard of Quinoa, try it. It pleases all palettes, it is gluten free, meat free and tastes great.