James S. (Steve) Starett, SRA
James Steven Starett, SRA known as Steve by friends and acquaintances is the principle of Starett & Associates, Real Estate Appraisal Services, which began operations in the Houston metro area in 2003. Originally learning the business from his father-in-law, Jim D. Jomes of J D Property Analysts in Findlay, OH in 1994, Starett recalls, "the industry was only just discovering the digital age, and I had to learn the [appraisal] business the "old-fashioned way" by pulling plat maps and combing through county sales at the courthouse". It was lessons well learned that continue to be beneficial today in performing assignments in some of the surrounding counties.
Starett has worked as a staff appraiser with Scott Stephens and Associates of Houston, TX; Bliss Associates of Kansas City, MO, a well-respected appraisal firm which began business in 1934. In 2005, Starett joined North American Savings Bank FSB, a regional Midwest bank, as chief appraiser. Starett has also worked for Keller & Associates in Lawrence, KS as Residential Department Manager, and at Huntington Bank Mortgage as a review appraiser in Columbus, OH. “I am grateful to these organizations and their principles for the opportunity to be a part their team, and for what I have been able to learn from each of them”, Starett testifies.
Prior to working full-time in the appraisal industry, Starett worked 13 years in the consumer packaged goods industry in sales and marketing for some of Fortune’s Top 100 companies in the greater Kansas City area and mid-west region. For over three years, he worked as corporate liaison and project manager in new product development. Proudly, some of those products are still on the market today. In 1994, he was an adjunct marketing professor for Findlay University in Findlay, OH, and was a guest speaker at Ohio Business Week in 1995. Starett is or has been involved with a number of organizations over the years including Upward Basketball and In-Door Soccer, Boys Scouts of America, a city committee, Appraisal Institute's Houston Chapter Associates’ Committee, and two area Chambers of Commerce. Starett and his wife, Brenda, have been married over 33 years, and have two adult children and a 13 year-old schnauzer named Sebastian.