Quicksilver Concierge Founder Receives Certification
Quicksilver Concierge Founder and President Ellen Lovelace has achieved the status of Certified Concierge Specialist from the International Concierge and Lifestyle Management Association. Certification recognizes those individuals who set the professional and ethical standards for our industry. Stringent requirements for certification mean that Ellen is one of only 12 concierges nationwide who have qualified for the designation.
Quicksilver Concierge in the NewsQuicksilver Concierge President radio interview on KLIV 1590AM
Broadcast- Dec 6, 2006
Fall 2005 - Page 102 - Vitals Man
100 Services for the Uber-Lazy Man. Too Lazy To...
#46 - Arrange for a Tee Time... Call San Jose's Quicksilver Concierge and Errand Service, which maintains a real-time database of public and private golf course booking in 33 cities.
Thursday, August 26, 2004 - Almaden Resident
Local concierge service inks deal to work with professional athletes
San Jose's Quicksilver Concierge and Errand Service announced that it has been named the Northern California concierge service for Xtreme Professional Athletic Concierge Services.
"I'm really excited to have been named the concierge service for Northern California," says Quicksilver owner and operator Ellen Lovelace. "It really makes me feel good that they selected me. They are interested in providing over-the-top service and that's in keeping with our goals."
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Thursday, August 12, 2004
Quicksilver Concierge Selected To Join Worldwide Sports Concierge Network
Everyday, athletes are looking for help not in the arena, stadium, or ballpark, but in managing and simplifying their lives. The career demands on an athlete have never been greater, and with an average salary of $2M per year for the top 3,500 athletes, the rewards of professional athletics have reached record levels. The number of required resources by professionals in the athletic careers has grown dramatically over the past decade: year-round training, nutritionists, and sports psychologists, to name a few.
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Thursday, June 3, 2004 - Almaden Resident
Costco expo gives local business exposure, raises charitable funds
Let Me Do That for You: Quicksilver Concierge owner Ellen Lovelace ran a booth at the Costco business expo showing how busy people can 'reclaim their leisure time.' The concierge business provides full-service event planning and errand running.
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Wednesday, April 7, 2004 - Los Gatos Daily News - Town Talk Los Gatos
FEELING TOO BUSY TO HANDLE THE LITTLE THINGS IN LIFE?
Let Quicksilver Concierge and Errand Service help you "Reclaim Your Leisure Time and Rebalance Your Life!" Ellen Lovelace, president of QCS created this unique company to help busy individuals such as executives, working families, new moms, single parents and even frequent travelers get the most out of each day!
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NewsIn the new millennium, people are working harder than ever before, and have less time to spend on themselves and with their families.
- According to a recent study of the US work force by the Families and Work Institute, the average worker spends 44 hours per week on the job.
- 36% of workers say they often feel completely used up at the end of the workday.
- 78% of married workers have spouses who are also employed. 75% of those couples have both partners working full time.
- 70% of all parents feel they don't spend enough time with their children.
- Married fathers spend only 1.2 hours a day engaged in free time personal activities on workdays; married mothers, 0.9 hours a day.
- A study by The Economic Policy Institute finds that, compared to 1969, we are spending an extra month a year working and commuting.
- In a given three month period, nearly 25% of workers will have felt stressed out often or very often, and the same amount will have felt emotionally drained after work.
The growing popularity of concierge services stems from the fact that people are overworked and need help handling daily life. Busy people want to be able to spend their free time with their loved ones, or taking care of themselves. They don't want to be forced to spend that time running errands.
- Just wanted to thank you for everything you did to make our wedding run smoothly and be such a success. Without you I would not have been able to relax and enjoy the event. I knew I could trust you to take care of all the little details so that I wouldn't have to worry about them. It was a pleasure working with you. Thanks again for everything!
Sara and Matt, Mountain View, August, 2009
- After my kitchen remodel was completed in 2005, I decided to enlist
Quicksilver’s help in sorting out the heap of old kitchen stuff in my
garage. I was amazed at Ellen’s efficiency and tactfulness in teaching
me how to get rid of things I never used and didn’t need. The assistance
she provided in making trips to Goodwill and buying new items for the
kitchen was invaluable. We moved from kitchen, to garage, to clothes
closets and finally my real estate office. Before I knew it Ellen had
“organized” my world! I quickly realized that Ellen’s level of competence
extended way beyond organization skills and hired her on a monthly basis
to assist in my real estate office as well as my personal life. She
is proficient at researching any subject and provides so much information
that I don’t know what I did without her! Quicksilver’s motto of “Reclaim
your leisure time, Rebalance your life” is right on. My business is
running more efficiently and I have more time to do the things I enjoy.
Thank you, Ellen.
Janet Strangis Strangis Properties, San Jose, CA July, 2007
- "I cannot say enough about Susan Latin, my QCS Representative.
Honestly, there isn't anything that this dynamic woman can't do!
She has quickly become indispensable. She grocery shops, picks up prescriptions,
does store returns, buys birthday gifts, takes the dogs to the vet, takes our cars
in for service, watches our home, dogs and plants while we're away, and manages home
repair and construction projects. At this point, Susan knows my home service vendors
better than I do! Because of Susan my home runs like a well oiled machine - and so does
President and CEO Compass Life and Business Designs
San Jose, CA
- I turn to Quicksilver Concierge whenever I'm stumped on gift ideas
for my family. They always figure out just the perfect item, have it
wrapped beautifully, and delivered on time. One prime example was Valentine's
Day, when their newsletter suggested the perfect gift for my "chocoholic
wife". The chocolate-filled spa basket contained all of the pleasures
of chocolate without any of the calories. It made me look like a genius,
and I never even had to leave my office to get my shopping done.
Dr. Joel K., Encinitas, CA June, 2007
- "Susan at QCS has helped me spend more time with my 2-year old, and
grow my small business, by taking a bunch of weekly tasks off my to-do
list. She picks up our dry cleaning, re-stocks our groceries and paper
products, and organizes closets and our garage. She also finds other
people to help me -- like a pet sitter and a handyman -- and comes up
with solutions to random problems -- like how to keep algae out of my
garden fountain. If you want to spend time enjoying your family and
helping your clients instead of running miscellaneous errands, hire
Elizabeth Potts Weinstein, CFP(r), JD
San Jose, CA
- "I've been working with Ellen since about April of 2006 and she is
fabulous. Ellen has handled everything from sourcing cars for us to
purchase to planning large parties. She has done travel research for
family vacations and carried through with booking everything from airfare
to restaurant reservations at our destination. Ellen is responsive,
responsible, professional, diligent and lovely to work with. I have
absolutely no hesitation is recommending her to friends, which I do
on a regular basis. Try her, you'll love her."
Lorna B, Los Gatos, October 2006
- "I want to thank both of you for making this happen. Selling my car
was one of those things I just did not have the bandwidth for, and once
I handed it off to you I never worried about it. It is great working
Karen M., San Jose, October 2006
- "You both were phenomenal in your regularly scheduled workload, and
you excelled in your abilities to manage crisis, pressure, and "curveballs".
I am very aware how lucky we were to have you as part of Trace's Bar
Mitzvah team, and even more aware of how my dream and vision for the
event only became a reality thanks to you. If you ever need a reference,
a testimonial, a write-up, or anything else that can further your business
potential....do not hesitate to ask. I will also look for opportunities
to mention your services any time a potential match is in sight....as
well as using you both again myself. Both of you bring so many rich
characteristics to the table......your intellect, intuition, confidence,
and candor is so refreshing. Your commitment and follow-through is downright
outstanding. Your overall performance in every task turned out to be
stellar, and all delivered with total compassion and humility. I just
can't thank you enough."
With love and gratitude,
Linzi L. Pleasanton, CA September 2006
- "I was in a real bind and needed to get caught up on data entry. Then
lo and behold I won 2 hours of free service from Quicksilver Concierge.
One of the team members, Susan, came to my home and entered a ton of
data for me. She also helped me figure out which software program to
use and how to transfer to Word so I can print labels. In some ways
I am back in the dark ages with computers. While she was using my laptop
I found time to clear out some files and make room for more files. It
was a great help! Thanks Susan! Susan was very personable and professional.
I recommend her for any backlog of work you need done. They do almost
any type of work."
Maggie, San Jose
- "Thanks SO MUCH for all your help. The pictures are wonderful... You
guys did a very nice job of wrapping this gift and getting it over to
our grandkids. We will think of you next time we need assistance in
the Bay area and gladly recommend you to our friends. Have a wonderful
Jim B., Boise, Idaho
- "Thanks so much for all of your help with the G's residence. You worked
miracles and we really appreciate it!"
Dan and Mary Ann Pearson
Intero Real Estate, Gilroy
- "I've used QCS approximately 10-12 times in the past year -- primarily
for pet care and errand services. I've been extremely satisfied with
their quality and professionalism. I have absolutely no complaints or
regrets and would not hesitate at all to recommend them to my family
and friends. I can say that it is great to "delegate" your personal
tasks to someone else so that you can spend your free time doing the
things you enjoy. You just need to get over the hump and decide what
your free time is worth to you."
Buffie S., Los Gatos
- "I used Quicksilver Concierge twice during 2004, both times I was
very pleased and received good value for the cost. The service was timely,
prompt and efficient. One time, I used the service as a combination
of running some errands and taking my car to get it detailed. The other
time, was to be an extra set of hands at a party we were giving at home....all
went very smoothly and we will definitely use this service again."
Barbara B., Menlo Park
- "Ellen... I want to thank you for bailing me out. I had 15 people
to feed and entertain and 3 days to arrange it. Not only were your services
reasonably priced but I was quite impressed how quickly you helped...and
the recommendation was terrific. I will be back.
Barry L. Cliff
AFC Asset Management Services, Inc.
Silver Spring, MD
- "I just wanted to say thanks so much for going out of your way for
me. I know I was asking you for a service that was "out of the box"
and I was pleased to know that you were willing to look at my special
need. Not only was I impressed with your willingness, I was thrilled
with the confidence you showed and your ability to achieve the task
both quickly and efficiently. I also appreciated you driving across
town to gather the information needed to do the work. I am excited to
have a business contact like yourself. I will gladly encourage my friends
and acquaintances to utilize your service and will be able to tell them
with confidence, that you are both intelligent and extremely creative."
Kristen W., San Jose
- "I found Quicksilver Concierge very useful for myself and for my own
business. Being a business owner I simply don't have enough time in
my day to balance all business activities as well as manage my own personal
life. I called upon QCS to take care of some of my businesses "busy"
work to help prepare my business (USFP) for an upcoming tradeshow event.
The service was absolutely amazing! QCS was very professional, dependable,
and accomplished all the tasks I asked. I couldn't be happier with QCS
and I look forward to throwing more business their way. QCS does what
they state; because of their service I was able to reclaim more of my
own leisure time and spend more time doing what I love to do... for
US Fitness Pros, San Jose