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Your Starman Team

Below are just few of the people that make your experience with Starman better than you thought possible.

Dave Starman
CEO


Dave started working with his uncle, Jerry Starman, in 1999 to develop the company into the world’s best sources for Czech glass beads and Toho seed beads. Jerry was a strong influence and inspiration to Dave passing along his wealth of business knowledge and work ethic. As a refugee immigrant from Czech Republic during the height of communism, Dave knows firsthand what it means to struggle and to live the American dream. “We came to America with the clothes on our back not knowing if we would ever see family again. This country and its people have been good to us and we like to give back." It has been his goal to develop a company with a solid foundation that prides itself on strong ethics through a motivated staff. While Starman continues to grow, they continue to support their loyal customers, many of whom have been with us since we started. Dave's strong technology and business background help to provide customers with innovative, cutting-edge products. His drive for success and focus on customer service has made Starman the favored industry supplier. Never accepting words like “can’t”, Dave takes feedback to a new level listening to staff and customers to implement changes. “Opportunities arise every day; all you need to do is reach out and take them.”


Nichole Starman
Product Manager


Nichole has been an integral part of the industry since 1999 wholesaling Czech glass. She has produced some of the world’s most notable styles and colors of beads. Inspired by her love for art history, Nichole loves the infinite possibilities using the bead color palette to create wearable works of art. The introduction of Toho brand seed beads into her work has given new dimension to designing with Czech glass.


Heather Patterson-Ogden, MBA
General Manager


Heather joined the Starman team April 2010, moving from Seattle to the small town of Sequim. Even though Heather grew up in Texas, and considers herself a Texan no matter where she is, she says nothing would get her out of the one of the most beautiful places in the world, the Pacific Northwest. Heather earned her Master’s in Business with an emphasis in International Business in 2008. She had no idea where that degree would take her but she felt the world of business was getting smaller with globalization and being prepared was the best strategy. She takes that same sentiment to running Starman. She says, "Starman has historically been an innovator within the industry and we are working even harder to stay ahead of the competition." As with most children, Heather’s grandfather was a huge influence on her being an artist. He never allowed her to have coloring books, only blank sheets of paper so that her creativity could shine. Drawing was her passion as a young adult but she has since moved to painting. She paints in acrylics with her fingers and is starting to add features to her paintings to create a more mixed media look. While seed beads are her favorite style of bead, she knows she does not possess near enough patience for intricate beadwork so she is incorporating them in her mixed media painting and beginning jewelry pieces. She has one son and is now experiencing empty nest syndrome. However, with a new house and a huge yard she has no time to rest. Her yellow lab, Levi, accompanies her to work everyday and has a blast with all of the staff and other dogs. From the beginning, she has always stated that she loves her job. She believes this job is the best of many worlds for her - business, color, creativity and artistic inspiration. Whenever there’s a trying day, Dave will sometimes ask if she still loves her job. She has never said, "No."


 

James Dickson
Sales Manager


James Dickson brings over 20 years of proactive leadership to Starman, Inc. In addition to owning and managing his own service business, James has gained a wealth of experience working for Fortune 500 companies in both the wholesale and retail industry. Born in Texas, he has lived in Maryland, Maine, California and currently resides in Sequim, Washington with his wife and two young sons. Having been introduced to the art of beading by a family member nearly ten years ago, it has grown into his life’s passion.  James enjoys spending his time with family, friends, reading about and experimenting with technology, movies, music and of  course, Thomas the Tank Engine. Occasionally he finds time to watch and compete in local sporting events.



Amanda Hundt
Marketing Manager


Amanda is an Air Force brat and has lived all over the US, but she calls the Boise, Idaho area home. She's been a crafter her entire life, starting very young with cross-stitch and later picking up card making and scrapbooking. After her dad retired, he began work as a camera repairman, which inspired Amanda to become a photographer. Her dad hated that idea, so he talked her in to taking her artistic tendencies to graphic design. That lead to her Bachelors in Fine Art with emphasis on graphic, web, and interface design from the University of Idaho. After working as a designer for several years (with a little amateur photography on the side), Amanda completed her Masters in Business Administration with a Marketing focus at UI's rival Boise State. (Sorry, Broncos... Amanda is a Vandal at heart!) Post-graduation, she began working as a marketer in the craft industry, where she did everything from social media to catalog creation.

Amanda brings both her market experience and her personal love of arts and crafts to Starman.  When she first arrived, she didn't think she would become a beader herself. Then she finished her first bracelet... now she's hooked! One day, she swears she'll start designing patterns. In the meantime, she's happy to draw the TrendSetter patterns in Illustrator. When she's not working, she's at home with three cats, a lot of books, and some video games.