Indonesian Wins Butler of the Year

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The world's best butler is a Jakarta native, Robert Worotikan Johnson, who has been recognized by the International Guild of Professional Butlers for delivering the highest level of personal service.

Robert Worotikan Johnson was recognized as the Butler of the Year by the International Guild of Professional Butlers, following his many years of exemplary service to the Ong family and their properties.

"Robert personifies the perfect butler: dedicated, caring, efficient and thorough," said Yosep Yulius Diaz, Hospitality Services Consultant for P.T. Sukses Berkat Singergi in Bali, and formerly Mr. Johnson's hotel manager aboard the MV Oceanic Odyssey. "Robert is that rare employee, someone who helps everyone else do a little better at their jobs."

The Butler of the Year award is given by the guild to that individual who has achieved the highest level of service and commitment to the ideals of devotion, professionalism and integrity.

"Robert was able to intuitively know what each guest required within moments of their arrival," said Jeff Morgan, the general manager of the Parrot Cay Resort in Turks & Caicos Island, where Mr. Johnson served as head butler. "Robert's instance on a high standard of personal service was one of the reasons our resort recently won Island Destinations' Ultimate Butler Award."

There are approximately 50,000 professional butlers working across the globe, according to the guild, and many more tens of thousands of individuals working as personal assistants and household managers. The demand for professionally trained staff has grown exponentially, according to industry experts.

Today's butler is the epitome of personal service -- a professional dedicated to the needs of others, responsible for smooth and flawless operations, either as the head servant of a household or at a 5-star hotel.

In addition to serving as head butler at Parrot Cay, Mr. Johnson has served on several ships and private yachts, in fashionable London hotels, and was the general manager of Tamnak Thai, one of Jakarta's most famous restaurants.

Mr. Johnson is a graduate of three butler training programs, including Surabaya Hotel School and the prestigious Ivor Spencer International School in England.

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