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Peak Technical Institute educates 1,590 students, contributes $1 million-plus to community since 2009

MARYVILLE, Tenn.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Maryville, Tennessee-based Peak Technical Institute would like to congratulate its 1,590-plus graduates over its eight years of operation. We are proud to have helped propel these students into the careers of their dreams. As of January 2018, Peak is no longer enrolling new students.

Operating as a comprehensive state-of-the-art training institute since 2009, Peak provided an unparalleled commitment to its students, using a blend of classroom and hands-on training in a simulated or real-life environment and supplying the tools needed to make the most out of its students’ chosen career paths. Peak Technical Institute held certificate-granting programs in commercial driver training (Class A CDL), unexploded ordnance, professional household management, enlisted aide training and equine-assisted leadership training.

Commercial Driver Training (Class A CDL)
Peak’s CDL training quickly became the school’s flagship program, growing its student base seven-fold since the program’s inception. In addition to training new truck drivers, the CDL program worked in conjunction with sister company, Vanquish Logistics, to provide solid in-house CDL training for its over the road line haul asset-based transportation and logistics operation.

In recent years, the family of companies owned by Dr. Eric Barton has tailored its conglomerate business focus and sold several sister companies as growing, profitable entities, including several businesses in the transportation industry. These booming asset-based transportation providers support FedEx Ground as a subcontractor for pickup and delivery and over the road line haul services in both the Nashville and Knoxville markets. In addition, the entities held large contracts with Nissan, C.H. Robinson, Lamtech and other clients.

Professional Household Management Training
Throughout its years of educating the next generation, Peak has been fully committed to nurturing students’ education and future careers. Peak Technical Institute has awarded scholarships or forgiven student debt totaling $895,550.31, influencing not only the lives of the students, but also their families and their livelihoods. Peak is proud to announce that 85 percent of its graduates were placed in lifelong careers, many of whom earn $50,000 a year plus benefits in their new careers.

Peak also secured partnerships with the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity (WIOA) and G.I. Bill® (Veterans Training) to secure education funding for students in need. Dozens of students attended Peak Technical Institute utilizing WIOA or Veterans Training funding benefits.

Unexploded Ordnance Training
Additionally, Peak donated hundreds of thousands of dollars to its beloved community, including monetary and labor donations to Blount County Habitat for Humanity, charity golf tournaments, United Way of Blount County and other local charitable organizations over the years. Peak was even a major sponsor of the Kentucky Derby in 2015.

Peak has now sold its educational training programs. Graduates of Peak Technical Institute are encouraged to reach out directly to the Tennessee Higher Education Commission should they need assistance in the future with their certificates earned at Peak. We wish all of our graduates the best of luck in all of their future endeavors.

Equine-assisted Leadership Training
Enlisted Aide Training

Peak Hospitality Staff Train Nearly 200 Military Officers in Formal Dinner, Etiquette at D.C. Base

Peak Technical Institute’s hospitality training staff recently trained nearly 200 military officers and their spouses in formal dinner, wine service and hospitality etiquette.

“The English Butler” Jason King, Program Director and Instructor for Peak Technical Institute’s professional hospitality program, facilitated training as part of a Senior Leadership Orientation Course (SLOC) at Bolling Joint Air Force near Washington, D.C.  Peak’s SLOC instruction was held in conjunction with the AF General Officer Management Office and The Protocol School of Washington for the “Dine Like a Diplomat” course, which is the formal dinner and etiquette program for the Armed Forces.

This two-day training included table setting, service and wines, which wrapped up with a seven-course dinner and matching wine service.

SLOC is hosted by AF General Officer Management Office and is designed for all new active duty Air Force personnel, Guard and Reserve one-star generals, new Senior Executive Service Civilians and their spouses at The Bolling AFB Club.

Peak was proud to have several of its former Air Force Enlisted Aide graduates on hand for the evening’s festivities. The Enlisted Aide program is the genesis of Peak’s flagship hospitality program, Professional Hospitality Management, which hones all the skills necessary for estate management.

Peak Technical Institute continues to form and nurture business partnerships through hospitality training in private homes, U.S. military forces and private yachts.

For upcoming training and events or for more information, visit YouHaveArrived.com or contact us at (855) 399-7325 ext. 1073.

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 YouHaveArrived.com 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 YouHaveArrived.com. To read the article in the DockWalk, visit http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/bc289e2b#/bc289e2b/17.

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 YouHaveArrived.com 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 www.UXOGlobal.com or contact our admissions officer at Admissions@UXOGlobal.com.

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 YouHaveArrived.com or contact Peak at 855-399-7325.

Peak Technical Institute sister company supporting sponsor of the Smoky Mountain Air Show

KNOXVILLE, Tenn.— Today, the Smoky Mountain Air Show Partnership announced that Vanquish Worldwide will be the premier sponsor for the Smoky Mountain Air Show on April 16-17, 2016 at McGhee Tyson Airport.

Peak Technical Institute, along with Business Owners Benefits Association, both sister companies to Vanquish, are supporting sponsors for the upcoming air show.

15TYS_SMAS_RackCard1_Page_1Vanquish Worldwide, a Service Disabled Veteran Owned Small Business, headquartered in Blount County, provides logistics solutions and a wide variety of services to government and commercial clients worldwide.

This premier sponsorship will assist the Smoky Mountain Air Show in hosting thousands of visitors at McGhee Tyson Airport in April and will also benefit HonorAir Knoxville, which is the chosen community partner of the air show.

“Vanquish is thrilled to support such a long awaited aviation event sure to positively impact our region,” said Eric W. Barton, president & CEO of Vanquish Worldwide. “However, as a veteran, I believe this air show has an even greater importance as it allows us to increase awareness and funding for HonorAir Knoxville, which truly does honor those who have given so much for this great nation.”

“Vanquish Worldwide is a leader in the logistics and transportation industry and now takes the lead as the premier sponsor for the Smoky Mountain Air Show,” said Howard Vogel, Chairman of the Metropolitan Knoxville Airport Authority’s Board of Commissioners. “We would like to thank them for their support and look forward to working with them to host thousands of visitors in 2016.”

For more information about Vanquish Worldwide and its sponsorship with the Smoky Mountain

Air Show, please visit www.SmokyMountainAirShow.com/Sponsors.

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Peak Technical Institute Announces Legendary Football Coach Phillip Fulmer as a Consultant & Brand Ambassador

MARYVILLE, Tenn.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Peak Technical Institute (PTI), providing industry-leading vocational courses and professional development programs, announces a new partnership and consulting agreement with legendary football coach Phillip Fulmer.

Fulmer will join the PTI team as a consultant on the unique leadership program, Leading By The Reins™, an all-inclusive three-day executive outdoor leadership retreat. Additionally, Coach Fulmer will serve as ambassador for the PTI brand, providing consultation to each PTI program.

fulmer“I am excited to work as a consultant and ambassador for Peak as they grow and build their brand and business. They are a very hard working and talented group of people with outstanding leadership,” said Fulmer.

By joining PTI’s Leading By The Reins roster, Fulmer will work alongside program director and lead instructor, Mike Branch, an internationally known horse trainer who has spent decades training wild mustangs and observing the social character of horses. Branch understands what qualities and character must reside within a human for a horse to willingly follow, and through his Leading By The Reins program, participants work on winning the trust and assurance of their designated horse whose nature is to be fearful. By applying the same principles and learnings in the workplace, course participants advance their leadership skills and Become Someone Worth Following™.

“We are proud to announce our partnership with Coach Fulmer,” said Mike Branch. “He is known as the man who led Tennessee football to the national championship, and he has remained a respected leader not only in East Tennessee but throughout the nation. I am thrilled that our Leading By The Reins program will be enhanced by such a renowned leader.”

Fulmer is a founding partner of BPV Capital Management and currently serves on their Business Development Team. Prior to joining BPV, he served as the Head Football Coach for the University of Tennessee. During his tenure, he coached and mentored countless All-Americans and NFL draft picks. A Southeastern Conference (SEC) champion player himself, Coach Fulmer’s football team was consistently top-notch, winning numerous SEC titles and the school’s first BCS national championship.

Fulmer’s ability to motivate his players and superior recruiting approach earned him unprecedented recognition from his peers with numerous awards, accolades and honors. Fulmer continues to be a sought after event speaker on topics of leadership styles, organizational skills and communication methods.

“We feel Coach Fulmer’s ongoing leadership in the community and skillset are a natural fit for our Leading By The Reins program and the entire institute,” said PTI President Eric W. Barton. “With Fulmer working alongside our expert instructors, we will build on our unrivaled training programs and further benefit our students.”

To find out more about Leading By The Reins, visit leadingbythereins.com or call 865-238-4004. Follow Leading By The Reins on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn.

About Peak Technical Institute

Since 2009, PTI has been approved and regulated by the State of Colorado, Department of Higher Education, Private Occupational School Division as well as the Tennessee Higher Education Commission. PTI currently has four comprehensive Certificate granting programs, with plans to continue to grow and expand. PTI is headquartered just outside of Greater Knoxville, Tenn. Website: gopti.com.