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Meet Mary Louise Starkey, the Woman Behind "Butler Bootcamp"


Mary StarkeyMary Louise Starkey is the kind of no-nonsense person who answers the question “Hi, how are you?” with: “I’m a very busy woman.” Her direct manner comes across as intimidating at first, a little like the kind of stern headmistress you see in old boarding school movies, which makes sense because she’s the powerhouse behind Starkey International Institute of Household Management – aka “Butler Bootcamp.” When you’re preparing sixty students a year to manage the households, whims, and lifestyles of the world’s billionaires, there’s not a lot of time for silly chitchat...


Read the rest of the article at: http://www.forbes.com/sites/dinagachman/2012/08/10/meet-mary-louise-starkey-the-woman-behind-butler-bootcamp/

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Standards identified: What is the preferred image and clothing style? Who are the preferred designers for the adults’ business, daytime, and evening wear? Who are the preferred designers for the children? Is all clothing laundered and pressed in house? How many loads of wash per week? Is there a mangle and professional steamer? Who manages and organizes the closets? Who launders the fine bed linens? What is the choice of bed linens? Are the table linens pressed at home? Who is the dry cleaner and how often is dry cleaning picked up? Who keeps the clothing inventory? Who provides washing, pressing, and mending tasks?

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