By Royal Appointment

Paulo Torres

Paulo (pictured left) is from Portugal.

He graduated July, 2009


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Dear prospective student,

If you, like me, are looking for the best butler school so you can work in private service, look no further. You have now found it!

All the questions that you might have and the doubts that will arise in your mind are fully understandable. All butler schools promise so much and you probably wonder who is telling the truth and who is not. I can only speak for the International Butler Academy. From my personal experience I can tell you they are the very best.

Like any other prospective student, I made a profound research before choosing TIBA. It took me a few years to save enough money to join their training program, but every single penny was well spent! The training program exceeded my greatest expectations. The professional instructors, the field trips, the lectures, the assignments, the accommodations, the food, and the camaraderie with the other students, it all made for an unforgettable and wonderful experience.

It is indeed a tremendous commitment, not just financially but also professionally. You may ask yourself: "What do I do? Should I just quit my current job?" I am afraid to say that only you can answer that question but personally, I did quit mine. I did it because it had been my dream for several years to become a professional butler. There was no going back for me. I knew it in my bones and in my soul. I wanted to be the very best butler I could be and TIBA provided me with all the right tools.

It does not matter if you do not have any previous experience in private service. You will be taught everything you require to succeed as a butler, estate manager, and personal assistant. But, don't get me wrong. Success requires sacrifice, dedication and above all, the right attitude!

We were fourteen students, twelve different Nationalities, and our backgrounds were so different that it was at times extremely challenging. But, our goal was the same and we all achieved it!

The days were often long and when we arrived "home", we still had to work on our assignments before going to bed. The nights became shorter and shorter as weeks went by. We were all tired, but from my point of view we were dedicated to something extraordinary and we fully enjoyed it. With a goal and with TIBA's help, everything became easy to bear!

My fellow students and I made friends for life. We were all so proud on graduation day when we all graduated. Before I joined TIBA I wanted to be a butler. I graduated with distinction and top of my class, and now I am a professional butler. I am also an ambassador for TIBA and let me just say that there is no money that can bring you this feeling of pride. I know I am now a wiser man, more knowledgeable in so many different ways and definitely a lot more confident to face any obstacle that might cross my path. I have found my true vocation. I hope you will too!

Last but not least, I would like to say thank you to all the trainers, to all the guests’ lecturers and to the management team at TIBA and a special thank you to TIBA's Head  Butler. May I just say that I have the most profound respect for all of them and I will keep fond memories of all of them also. They showed us the path to the true art of service and they did it with such energy, passion, and commitment! I wish you the very best in your quest and in doubt, take a deep look inside and you will find the answer you are looking for. I know I have.

Paulo Torres - Portugal
Graduate of the International Butler Academy
July 2009

By Royal Appointment