By Royal Appointment

Michael Pendergast

Michael (pictured left) is from the USA.

He graduated March, 2007


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Dear prospective student,

I was introduced into private service by luck in 2003, and it was the best thing that could have happened to me.  Working as an assistant to the Estate Manager/Head Butler, of a high profile formal family, motivated me to perfect the art of service for my employers expectations. 

Because of my loyalty and commitment to my employer, I was given the opportunity of a lifetime, to attend any Butler/House Management School in the world, all expenses paid. With this opportunity, I had to make sure I attended the best school. After only a couple hours from the start of my research, The International Butler Academy caught my interest. I needed not to look any further. Not only did TIBA’s website already have all the answers for any questions I had, but it had links to other Butler Schools. I felt that if TIBA is confident and humble enough to advertise for their competitors, then they are the right school for me. The tuition seemed high at first, but factoring in everything, it was very competitive with the other schools. Transportation, food, and housing, all conveniently included. 

I am honored to say that my time at TIBA was extraordinary and unforgettable, from the time I stepped off the airplane and was greeted by a fine representative of TIBA to my departure from Amsterdam. I cannot say enough great things about my experience, the course, the whole TIBA team and The Netherlands. The TIBA team are the best in the business. Their energy, passion, and commitment to this profession, motivates each student to take pride and have confidence in the process of the lifestyle change. 

What you learn from TIBA cannot be learned anywhere else. You will take with you friendships and knowledge that will last a lifetime. If you are searching for a rewarding change in your life, then look no further than Butling. To a Butler, his job is not his career, but his lifestyle. If you are serious about the transition to the butler lifestyle, and ready to become a master of service, The International Butler Academy is your only option. TIBA was the start of a new beginning for me and I thank you TIBA.

Michael Pendergast – USA
Graduate of The International Butler Academy
March 2007

By Royal Appointment