Mary Louise Starkey began Starkey & Associates, Inc. in January 1981, offering housekeeping and placement services. In November 1989, Mary Starkey created Starkey International Institute for Household Management in response to marketplace requests for trained and skilled professionals. Since its first class offering in January of 1990, the Institute has benefited from the presence of old-world European and American Butlers, experienced service professionals, and Household and Estate Managers from the United States and abroad.
Mary Louise Starkey For over a quarter century, Mrs. Mary Louise Starkey, the First Lady of Service, has dedicated herself to “Setting the Standard” in Private Service excellence through unique, intensive education programs and training. Originally operating a consulting firm for employers of Nannies and Housekeepers in the 1980s, Mrs. Starkey saw a rising need for a new level of household professional: the Household Manager.