International Association for Private Service Professionals (IAPSP) to Host Second Annual Conference

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Registration is now open for The Second Annual Conference for Private Service "KNOWLEDGE | EMPOWERMENT | COMMUNITY" Hotel Zaza, Houston, Texas, 23-26 September 2010

The International Association for Private Service Professionals (IAPSP) is hosting its second annual conference in Houston, Texas 23-26 September 2010 at the Hotel Zaza. Executive-level domestic staff members from all disciplines of Private Service will convene for the annual educational, leadership and networking conference designed to promote strength of character, superior management skills and service expertise, a few of the essential elements for effective service delivery in the homes of high net worth Employers.

Established in 2006, the IAPSP is as a non-profit, member-based, trade association focused on developing professionalism and leadership skills in the delivery of estate service. The IAPSP works to increase confidence, competency and skill by engaging its members in leadership opportunities; providing peer-to-peer networking; and sharing common service knowledge within its ranks. The IAPSP is unique in the Private Service Industry as a non-profit organization focused on bringing together various disciplines of private service for the benefit of all service professionals. The IAPSP draws on the experience and knowledge of its membership to define and preserve the traditional core values and ethics of service excellence, while acknowledging the importance of distinctive skill-sets and embracing new trends in service technology.

According to David Bertnick, president of the IAPSP, the private service industry, like others, has witnessed a change in the expectations of Employers who hire executive-level household staff. As he explains, "We've noted a distinct return for our Employers to a 'value-add' mindset and an increase in demand for diverse skills and real-world experience from their estate staff. Those candidates whose portfolios show experience and proficiency in a variety of skills and whose attitudes demonstrate a professional demeanor are among the first to be pulled from the pool of available candidates. Our conference event provides a perfect opportunity for service professionals to broaden their horizons and to demonstrate their commitment to the trade. "

Speakers currently committed to the conference include:

  •     Fiona Cameron-Williams, owner of FCW Hospitality Training & Residence Consulting
  •     Donna Shannon, Owner of Coyote Visions Management, a job acquisition specialist
  •     Barry Berglund, Honorary Senior Fellow of the Center for Creative Leadership
  •     Dr. Dan Carlin, Director of World Clinic, a recognized leader in medical care innovation
  •     Bonnie Low-Kramen, Personal Assistant and author of "Be the Ultimate Assistant"
  •     Steven Ferry, Author and Chairman of the International Institute of Modern Butlers
  •     Stephanie Breedlove, Owner of Breedlove & Associates, payroll tax and HR specialist
  •     Christopher Falkenberg, Managing Director of Insite Security, private security specialists

Additional Highlights:
This year's IAPSP conference, to be held over three days, will also include an afternoon of round table discussions on current trends in household management; a private service marketplace to showcase preeminent suppliers of goods and services to large estates; networking events; and a formal dinner to honor the exceptional contributions of those in the field of private service.

Following in the footsteps of last year's highly successful Inaugural Conference, this year's event is expected to attract an attendance of private service professionals from across the globe, with 80-100 in attendance. Registrants will include Estate Managers, Property Managers, Butlers, Personal Assistants, Enlisted Aides, Household Managers, Ranch Managers, Estate Management Couples and other executive-level household staff, along with staffing agents, educators and related businesses.

Registration Information:
Reservations for the IAPSP Second Annual Conference for Private Service are now being accepted and the registration fees range from $467 -$549 (USD) dependent on membership status with the IAPSP and other organizational affiliations. Early-bird discounts also apply for any registrations received by 30 July 2010. Additional fees are required for networking dinners, and hotel accommodations, which have been deeply discounted for conference attendees by our host venue, Hotel Zaza. Registration forms can be found online:

Contact Information:
David Bertnick, Committee Chair
(213) 220-3788


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