Jim Katen grew up in New England where, beginning at the age of 12, he learned framing and finish carpentry from an old Italian cabinetmaker. His training involved old-school techniques including a glass of wine at the end of the day for good work and a cuff on the side of the head
for bad work. He is proud to say that he can make any wood joint using only hand tools.
He earned his BFA from SUNY Purchase in technical production and lighting design and later worked for 12 years in regional theatre and off-Broadway. He has made Peter Pan fly, Dracula disappear, and Hedda Gabler’s head explode.
He quit theatre after settling in Oregon with the love of his life. In 1989 when his daughter was born, he became a stay-at-home dad, but got more than he bargained for when his twin sons were born in 1992. Luckily, he had been apprenticing to a home inspector and in 1993 began his own business. He has since inspected thousands of private homes and hundreds of multi-family properties.
In addition to the Indagators, he is a member of ASHI and a past president of the Oregon ASHI chapter—The Oregon Association of Home Inspectors. He teaches continuing education classes for home inspectors in Oregon and has served on national committees and workgroups.
Jim is an avid figure skater and, when not inspecting, can be found on any available patch of ice, perfecting his toe loop.
Benchmark Inspection Services
40401 SW Dixon Mill Road
Gaston, OR 97119
Voice: 503 985-7543
Fax: 503 985-7569
You can find Jim on the web at www.benchmarkinspections.com