News From The Peak

BOBA Partners with Peak Technical Institute to Offer Professional Development Opportunities

Evolving to stay on track with its mission and better serve its members, Business Owners Benefits Association (BOBA) has recently partnered with world-renowned Peak Technical Institute to offer education and professional development opportunities as one of its four key BOBA Service Areas.

BOBA holds monthly member meetings, including networking and information sharing opportunities. BOBA members can also attend professional development and customized training seminars covering a variety of industry topics, including Communication Skills in the Workplace, Conflict Resolution, Dining for Business and more.

BOBA utilizes Jason King, Program Director and Instructor of Peak Technical Institute’s professional hospitality training, for professional development seminars. King, better known as “The English Butler,” has worked as a butler and estate manager on properties from Austria to the Hamptons and has trained the elite in residential, hospitality and the yachting industries and the British Embassy in D.C. From private islands to estates, and on international yachts, King has trained all over the world.

BOBA’s unique training partnership offers top-of-the-line educational practices and hands-on experience to prepare small businesses with The Tools You Need to Grow Your Dream®.

“I am thrilled to see the potential of this great partnership between BOBA and Peak flourish and benefit our small business community,” Dr. Eric W. Barton, BOBA’s president and CEO, said.

“These professional development opportunities help small business owners across the nation hone the art of business etiquette on a small business budget,” Barton continued. “This continues the BOBA mission of providing the beneficial benefits and tools to small business owners so they can focus on growing their business and in turn growing jobs and their local economies.”

In 2017, BOBA has also honed key BOBA Service Areas in:

  • 360° Insurance Solutions – Life & Health, General Liability, Worker’s Comp, Commercial Property & Commercial Auto, Colonial Life and Accident Insurance. BOBA collaborates with Colonial Life for Life & Health benefits for members, employees and their families and has expert advisors on staff. Members are also eligible for additional complementary services and discounts.
  • Merchant Services – Point of Sale (POS) Systems and Services, Mobile Smart Phone and Tablet Payment Processing, Fraud Prevention, I-Check Services, Email Invoicing, QuickBooks Integration and more.
  • Risk Management & Compliance Solutions – HR and Payroll Services, which include Time and Attendance Tracking, Payroll and Tax Compliance, HR and Benefits Administration, Recruiting, Hiring and Onboarding Services, Reporting and Analytics and ACA Solutions. Additionally, through BOBA’s automated benefits enrollment process, we can assist in making sure corporate documents are regularly reviewed and signed, so employee files are kept up to date.

Peak adds Villa Collina, largest home in Tennessee, as training location for professional hospitality management

Friendsville-Tennessee-based and world-renowned Peak Technical Institute has redesigned its prestigious signature training program for Professional Hospitality Management. Program participants will visit various locations to sharpen their skills, including the largest home in Tennessee, the magnificent Villa Collina in Knoxville.

Pairing world-class instruction with knowledgeable and caring staff, as well as top-of-the-line facilities, provides the perfect training for a precise, well-tuned industry. Throughout the program, students train at various establishments, including Villa Collina , a 36,720-square-foot mansion with 50 rooms, elegant dining, entertaining amenities, several pools, butler quarters and a nearly 3,000-square-foot wine cellar. Students will also gain hands-on experience on a variety of topics, including the elegance and precision of dinner service for a principal homeowner.

This four-week course covers a number of topics including but not limited to:

  • Household Management Systems
  • Philosophy and Ethics
  • Personal Service Statement
  • Interpersonal Communications
  • Hygiene, Personal Presentation
  • Deportment
  • Written Standard
  • Accounting
  • Human Recourse’s
  • Zoning
  • Cleaning Products
  • Property and Grounds
  • Smart Homes
  • Clothing
  • Home and Travel
  • Menu /Development
  • Vendor Management
  • Move Building and Moving
  • Wine and spirits
  • Table Decorating and Service
  • Planning Events
  • Security and Risk Assessment
  • Alarms,  Fire, CPR, Disasters, Theft

Students also gain knowledge in Smart Home Technology by visiting other local prestigious residences, using this cutting-edge technology and a distinguished restaurant featuring world-class dining and wine specialists.

Peak Technical Institute’s training is top-of-the-line and approved by the Tennessee Higher Education Commission. For more information or to sign up, visit or contact our staff at 855-399-7325 ext. 1073.

Peak Featured in Superyacht Industry Magazine DockWalk

Peak Technical Institute was recently featured in the February edition of DockWalk, the No.1 monthly magazine for professionals in the superyacht industry, featuring Peak’s premier Professional Hospitality Management-Estate Manager certification training program.

The article talks about how yachting crew can utilize their skillset as an opportunity to transition their abilities ashore to work in estate management.

The program is a hands-on, four-week course in all aspects of household management with training in world-class properties, including the Villa Collina, a 36,720-square-foot mansion.

Launched in 1993 and available in print and digital formats, Dockwalk magazine celebrates the life of professional superyacht captains and crew; it entertains, informs and, above all, helps crew pursue their chosen career.

Dockwalk is read by all professional crew whether it is captains, engineers or stews. It has a pass-on readership of 3.39 readers per copy, according to Dockwalk.

Every month, Dockwalk readers take an active role in contributing articles and raising important issues within the industry. Circulation is nearly 30,000 yachting professionals.

For more information, visit the Professional Hospitality Management website at To read the article in the DockWalk, visit

Peak Technical Institute Announces New and Improved Estate Management Program and Hospitality Training Courses

World-renowned Peak Technical Institute presented today its redesigned signature training program Professional Hospitality Management to meet a rising industry demand for estate management and hospitality training.

As part of the rollout of new, improved services, Peak’s has rebranded its signature course, Professional Household Management (PHM), to Professional Hospitality Management as a better overarching brand for hospitality training, but the change is not in name only.

Throughout the Professional Hospitality Management course, students train in world-class properties for the very best hands-on training experience, including dinner service for a principal homeowner in the magnificent Villa Collina, the largest multimillion dollar home in the state of Tennessee.

Peak’s staff, offering top-of-the-line educational practices and hands-on experience, train students in the Villa Collina, a 36,720 square-foot mansion located on an 8-acre property in Knoxville, Tenn. The beautiful Villa Collina features 50 rooms, including 8 bedrooms, 11 full bathrooms, indoor and outdoor pools and features a host of unique entertaining amenities vital to student training, including a nearly 3,000 square-foot wine cellar, sauna, dance floor, exercise room, tri-level library, home theatre and staff quarters.

Peak Technical Institute has expanded its hospitality offerings across the hospitality industry. Peak now offers not only estate management certification and enlisted aide training for military personnel, but also hospitality and professional service programs and seminars in business, college and career preparedness and hotel training.

At the beginning of 2017, Peak rolled out with its Housekeeping Training and Food and Beverage Service courses, preparing individuals for an exciting, rewarding career in a robust industry.

Peak’s Housekeeping Training program hones roles and responsibilities of a housekeeper/room attendant, customer service, cleaning methods, housekeeping services and many more relevant topics, including receiving CPR certification.

The Food and Beverage service program prepares individuals in the food and beverage industry with hygienic practices, resume writing 101, customer service and basic knowledge on understanding risks and preventative measures at work. Individuals also receive certification in Serve Safe Tennessee and their ABC Server Permit in the state of Tennessee.

Peak Technical Institute offers an array of hospitality classes throughout 2017, including a Professional Hospitality Management course that begins Feb. 27. As always, Peak can create a training program tailored around your schedule and career needs. For more information or to expand your career possibilities, visit or contact our Peak staff at 855-399-7325 ext. 1073.

DEMA Announces Association Expansion to Tennessee, Offers Additional Services for Members

Domestic Estate Management Association (DEMA), an international educational association for the private service community, is pleased to announce expansion of its member offerings worldwide with new office space in Knoxville, Tennessee.

The added space, with the support of existing DEMA offices in Michigan and Orlando, will open in early 2017. In partnership with local private occupational school Peak Technical Institute, DEMA will offer training workshops and program offerings in the hospitality and professional service industries, utilizing the magnificent Villa Collina mansion, the largest multimillion dollar home in the state of Tennessee.

DEMA is thrilled to have this opportunity to expand our support with this new DEMA location. With members throughout the U.S. and internationally, our new Knoxville office offers centrally-located support with new opportunities through the Villa Collina,” DE
MA President and Co-Founder Matthew Hack said.

The Villa Collina, constructed in the late 1990s, is a 36,720 square-foot mansion poised on 8 acres of rolling hills at the bank of the majestic Tennessee River in Knoxville, Tennessee. The beautiful Villa Collina features 50 rooms, including 8 bedrooms, 11 full bathrooms, indoor and outdoor pools and features a host of unique entertaining amenities, including a 2,600 square-foot wine cellar, sauna, dance floor, exercise room, tri-level library, home theatre and staff quarters.

DEMA will utilize the estate for a variety of DEMA functions, including conferences, workshops and member gatherings.

“2017 is going to be an exceptionally exciting year for DEMA,” Vice President and Co-Founder Michael Wright said. “The Villa Collina is a beautiful piece of Tennessee history that will greatly benefit DEMA and its members.”

Prided as the largest private service professional association, DEMA has expanded to over 50 states and 18 countries to raise industry standards.

Peak Technical Institute’s UXO Global Program Completes Successful Inaugural Year in Tennessee, Looks Forward to Expanded Growth

Peak Technical Institute’s UXO Global program successfully rounded out its first year in Tennessee with a full set of classes among other successful milestones in the program’s inaugural year in its new facility.

UXO, providing Unexploded Ordnance Technician I training since 2009, relocated from Loveland, Colo., to Peak’s global headquarters in Maryville, Tenn., in early 2016, congregating all of Peak’s programs under one educational training facility to offer a centrally located classroom and field work setting for its UXO Tech I students.

“By pooling our resources at Peak Technical Institute’s global headquarters, we are able to offer our UXO students the very best resources from caring, knowledgeable staff at a top-notch facility that is centrally located for our student demographic,” Peak Technical Institute President and CEO Dr. Eric W. Barton said.

“Many of our students come from all over the U.S., Canada and even Puerto Rico to be trained as UXO Tech Is, so this move definitely keeps our students our No. 1 priority,” UXO Global Lead Instructor Mike Brantley said.

Our longstanding, experienced instructors Mike Brantley and Phil Clark, with a combined 50 years of experience in explosive ordnance disposal, continue to lead instruction in Tennessee. Throughout our existence, UXO Global has consistently trained highly capable UXO Tech I’s, with several program managers and USACE Representatives noting UXO Global graduates as being “exceptionally well-trained and qualified.”

UXO Global’s Tech I program was developed following the guidelines outlined in the Department of Defense’s Explosive Safety Board Technical Paper 18 “Minimum Qualifications for Unexploded Ordnance (UXO) Technicians and Personnel.”

UXO Global has graduated nearly 500 students and has taught 36 classes since its founding in 2009. Throughout the course of the challenging four-week program, students student objects such as safety, explosives, unexploded ordnance from around the world, firing systems, range clearance operations and more. UXO Global also offers certifications in a 40-hour Hazardous Waste Operator & Emergency Response (HAZWOPER) course in addition to their UXO Tech I certification.

To register for one of our 2017 courses, visit or contact our admissions officer at

Peak Technical Institute’s new Hospitality Programs prepare individuals for ‘exciting, rewarding’ careers, boost local economies

Maryville-based private occupational school Peak Technical Institute is pleased to announce the roll out of its newest hospitality and professional service courses Housekeeping Training and Food & Beverage Service starting in early 2017, preparing individuals for an exciting, rewarding career in a robust industry.

“Individuals can come here and change their careers and lives in just a matter of weeks in our hospitality programs,” Peak Technical Institute President and CEO Dr. Eric W. Barton said. “Imagine the impact we can make in Knoxville, Tennessee and the nation.”

Peak’s Housekeeping Training Program hones roles and responsibilities of a housekeeper/room attendant, reflecting high standards of work, customer service, personal hygiene/attributes, cleaning methods, rooms, housekeeping services, laundry, Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and many more relevant topics. The Food & Beverage Service program prepares students in food and beverage service, hygienic food and beverage, resume writing 101, customer service and basic knowledge on understanding risks and preventative measures at work.

Both the Housekeeping and Food & Beverage Service programs are approved through the Tennessee Higher Education Commission.

Program Director and Instructor Jason King said the two newest hospitality courses under the Peak brand are “revolutionary” for the region’s industry.

“These types of trainings are new and revolutionary for the hospitality industry, offering students a well-rounded education for whenever they start their new careers,” King said. “Students in our Food & Beverage, housekeeping or hospitality programs will graduate better prepared for the industry and will be one step ahead of their competition, increasing their potential for future success in this robust industry.”

Peak will be collaborating with the Greater Knoxville Hospitality Association and area Chambers of Commerce in an effort to place graduating students in successful, rewarding job opportunities.

GKHA, a nonprofit membership organization for hotels/lodging, restaurants, venues, attractions, services and suppliers of hospitality and tourism sectors, encompasses more than 9,000 lodging and hotel rooms within the Knoxville region of Knox, Anderson, Blount, Roane and Loudon counties.

“The hospitality industry is the No. 2 industry in the state of Tennessee,” GKHA Executive Director Jill Thompson said. “With 225 hotels in just the Knoxville area alone, this new program will not only be pivotal for individuals looking for a new career with vast opportunities but will also be beneficial for our local economies.”

For more information or to sign up, visit or contact Peak at 855-399-7325.

Peak Technical Institute to host East Tennessee Children’s Hospital benefit.

On Saturday, September 24th, from 10am until 2pm, the East Tennessee Children’s Hospital will hold a Truck Show & Beard Contest at Peak Technical Institute in Maryville, TN.

All proceeds from the event will benefit the Hospital. Registration is $20, and includes entry for the driver and up to 3 passengers. $10 entry fee per person at the gate, children under 10 are free.

Come out & help support the East Tennessee Children’s Hospital.

Peak Technical Institute

235 South Old Glory Road

Maryville, TN 37801

Announcing renovated Professional Household Management & hospitality and professional service programs and seminars.

Peak Technical Institute is pleased to introduce its newly renovated Professional Household Management and extensive hospitality and professional service programs and seminars.

Though Peak has maintained its flagship Professional Household Management program, which provides graduates with a solid education the necessary experience to provide world-class service and management in modern estate households, the institute now offers numerous concise training programs and seminars in housekeeping, food & beverage and a range of training seminars to help college students excel in the classroom and their careers.

Our flagship program, PTI’s Professional Household Management molds individuals with the necessary skills and training to land quality jobs within a variety of sectors, including luxury travel, high-end cuisine, five-star hotels and resorts and estate management. From developing leadership skills to table setting and mixology, our PHM program is comprehensive and effective. The course provides graduates with a solid education and the necessary experience to provide world-class service and management.

In addition to its flagship PHM program, Peak Technical Institute now offers numerous short programs and seminars in hospitality and professional training, including housekeeping, food & beverage, communication skills in the workplace, dining for business and leadership building workshops. Another seminar includes The Art of Silver Service, which covers topics such as: setting a formal dining room table, proper silverware uses, the art of napkin folding, the different styles of service, cleaning and storage of silverware and how to serve with grace and style.

While we offer specialized programs and seminars, Peak Technical Institute can custom create a training program that is tailored to the skill level and schedule of your staff. Training can be offered in a classroom setting or on your property utilizing your own dining room, silverware and china. This offers the best training environment since we will be using all current household items that will be used in service.

PTI’s Professional Household Management and hospitality and professional service programs and seminars are now being featured on, which has become the “go to” resource for job seekers to connect with private employers and domestic employment and training agencies.

Vanquish Worldwide & Peak Technical Institute President and CEO Eric W. Barton makes Google Chromebook pledge for Mary Blount Elementary School: In conjunction with upcoming Leadership Blount pancake breakfast & St. Patrick’s Day fundraisers

Vanquish Worldwide President and CEO Eric W. Barton, along with the Leadership Blount Class of 2016, is hoping to raise much needed funds next month for Mary Blount Elementary School.

The class, which Barton is a member of, will be hosting a pancake breakfast from 8-10 a.m. Saturday, March 5th at Barley’s Taproom on West Broadway in Maryville in an effort to raise money for more technologically advanced, integral learning tools for the school – Google Chromebooks. In addition, Barton is pledging to match funds for the Leadership Blount’s fundraising goal for the devices.

Each Leadership Blount class looks to make a charitable community contribution through a class project. When the Class of 2016 learned that Mary Blount students were in need of new Google Chromebooks for the classroom, they were eager to help by organizing a fundraising event, Susan Williams, with The Trust Company and a 2016 LB Class member, said.

“Part of the (Leadership Blount) program is you go around and you look at the charitable services in the community and then you try to pick a project,” Williams, who is spearheading the Leadership Blount Class of 2016 pancake fundraiser event, said. “We visited that school and 75 percent (of students) are on free and reduced lunch, but technology is just part of all the schools’ programs these days.”

The breakfast will include a hearty helping of pancakes, eggs, bacon, juice and coffee. Local celebrity servers will be assisting in hopes of raising extra money through waiter tips for the breakfast.

Leadership Blount Class of 2016 is hoping to raise $7,000-$10,000 through the pancake breakfast, Williams said.

“I’m so honored and excited to be a part of this local fundraising effort. I believe we as leaders in our Blount County community have a duty to serve our community,” Barton said. “What better way to serve than to raise money for technology and educational tools in our children’s classrooms?”

Tickets are on sale for $10 and can be purchased from any Class of 2016 Leadership Blount member. Tips and donations will also be accepted for the Chromebooks.

“These Google Chromebooks have become an integral part of learning for today’s growing minds. This technology meets the needs of students in a way that is meaningful to them,” Barton said. “I am confident that these students will be more prepared than ever for their future dreams, hopes and careers with this added learning tool.”

In conjunction with the pancake breakfast, The Leadership Blount Class of 2016 will also host a St. Patrick’s Day Party fundraiser to raise money for Chromebooks. The St. Patrick’s Day Party will be held from 6-10 p.m. Thursday, March 17th at Smith Family Life Center. “The Dirty Dougs” will be performing during the event-filled evening and beer will be provided by Maryville’s The Casual Pint. St. Patrick’s Day Party tickets cost $25, which includes wine, beer, a dinner buffet provided by Calhoun’s, an auction and more!

“As a community, if we pull together we can help our neighbors, if you will,” Williams said of a life lesson she hopes her fellow LB Class members learn from organizing the charity event. “We are very fortunate that a lot of the corporations and businesses in the area are so charitable.”

The class is also looking for local corporate sponsorships to meet their $37,000 goal for the project. Eric W. Barton is pledging a $10,000 match for Mary Blount Elementary if initial funds are raised from the pancake breakfast and St. Patrick’s Day Party.

“As owner of a quality higher education institute, Peak Technical Institute, which is located here in Blount County, investing in education has always remained close to my heart. I truly believe that contributing to the benefit and growth of our community all begins in our local classrooms,” Barton said. “I look forward to witnessing the positive outcomes that are going to be generated from these fundraisers.”

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