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 co-founder and president. Previously, she spent a decade in her family business. Later on 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 it’s peak, the newspaper was serving 330,000 readers in the San Francisco East Bay Area.
Nancy’s been in publishing, printing, color reproduction, and design. Her experience spans several decades.
Nancy started Whole Valley Graphics. This division grew out of the successful newspaper. Nancy worked in literally every job in the newspaper: the executive team, co-publisher, and art director.
She designed thousands of ads. Nancy and her staff also designed collateral materials and ads. They designed ads for businesses advertising in daily, suburban, and metro newspapers. She won several design awards. Nancy 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.
Nancy’s had Target, Mervyn’s, and Good Guys accounts, among others. Her job meant selling advertising and inserts into six daily 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. Edward’s last position prior to SPB was as a vice-president with UBS Warburg.
Since 1999, he’s been handling the finance and logistics for Star Print Brokers, as well as working with companies and individuals printing books.
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. Star Print Brokers 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 is books with custom options for authors and publishers everywhere.