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 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.

Family has always played a role in the development of personal and professional characteristics.  The appraisal business came easily to Starett having grown up in family businesses of home building, and retail hardware and lumber in Baytown, Texas.  I not only learned about home design, construction and building materials, but I also learned the value of hard work, and how to interact with co-workers and customers from a very early age that has helped me throughout my career, muses Starett.  Other experiences have also contributed to professional development such as high school drafting courses, Texas American Legion Boys State, and working summers and holidays during college years in commercial electrical construction.

Starett earned a BA in Business Administration with an emphasis in Marketing and Management from MidAmerica Nazarene University in Olathe, KS in 1985, and was actively involved in all levels of student government. As student body president his senior year, coincidentally the 1984 election season, a highlight was co-sponsoring a congressional debate on campus along with the Chamber of Commerce and the Olathe Daily News. After graduation and while working full-time, Starett earned an MBA in Marketing from Rockhurst University in Kansas City, MO in 1993. The underlying emphasis of both these institutions on individual and corporate social responsibility fits so well with the ideal role of a real estate appraiser in the public trust particularly in light of recent events. In 2008, he earned the SRA designation from The Appraisal Institute. The designation is conferred on those members specializing in the valuation of residential properties in excess of 4,000 hours of experience, 181 hours of tested classroom instruction, and passing peer review for quality and content.

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.