The Executive Team
The executive team are Nancy Starkman and Edward Starkman. They are the founders of Star Print Brokers, incorporating the business in 1999.
Nancy Ostling Starkman is Star Print Brokers co-founder and president, and author of Book Design: Simple & Professional.
She spent more than a decade in her family business. Later, she was working in other executive team positions. In 1971, the Ostling family and other executive team members began publishing Whole Valley Catalogue, an advertising newspaper out of Walnut Creek, California. At its peak, the newspaper was serving 330,000 readers in the San Francisco East Bay Area.
Nancy’s experience includes publishing, printing, color reproduction, color separations, graphic design and book design. Her experience spans several decades.
Nancy started Whole Valley Graphics. This division grew out of her successful newspaper. She worked in literally every job in the newspaper: the executive team, co-publisher, and art director.
Nancy’s career history includes designing thousands of ads. She and her staff also designed collateral materials and ads for other publications including businesses advertising in daily, suburban, and metro newspapers. She won several design awards and attended Diablo Valley College.
Later, Nancy went to Lesher Communications at the Contra Costa Times, as an account executive in major accounts. She worked with about 20 advertisers.
Target, Mervyn’s, and Good Guys were among the major accounts she managed. Her position meant selling advertising and inserts into six daily suburban newspapers, a dozen weekly papers, a magazine, and direct mail programs.
Seattle from the San Francisco Bay Area in 1991
Nancy began selling color separations, printing, direct mail, and fulfillment services. She was the display advertising manager for a Seattle Times owned newspaper. Nancy also created a major accounts department for a chain of community newspapers in the Seattle area.
Incidentally, “Star” in Star Print Brokers comes from “Starkman.”
The co-founder and vice-president is Edward Starkman.
Previously, he worked on Wall Street as an airline industry analyst for more than a dozen years.
Edward appeared on many national television and radio news shows, offering commentary on the airline sector, as it pertains to the stock market. He holds an MBA from New York University. Edward’s undergraduate degree is in Aeronautics from Dowling College.
Seattle from New York City in 1995
Edward was living in Manhattan when he and Nancy met. The decision was made to live in Bellevue. His position just prior to the establishment of SPB was Vice President with UBS.
Since 1999, he’s been handling the financial and book project management activities for Star Print Brokers.
The executive team supports self-publishing
Star Print Brokers came about because of Nancy and Edward’s desire to own a business and work together. It was born out of their unique backgrounds. This executive team utilizes their combined experience, education, and expertise. They see to the manufacturing of high-quality books that are well-bound, offering custom options for authors and publishers in the USA and around the world.