Jim Auld was born and grew up in the suburbs of Chicago land. He graduated from Northern Illinois University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Education (B.S.E) and soon migrated to Seattle in the mid-seventies to begin a career in construction. In the early 1980's, he was hired by the premier home inspection company in Seattle, at a time when home inspections were becoming a necessary component of home purchasing. Working with real estate agents and buyers, Jim inspected more than 1,000 buildings over several years, writing reports and presenting verbal consultations to clients.
His career broadened with experience as a Structural Damage Appraiser for a major insurance company and an estimator for a general contractor specializing in energy conservation projects. Since 1988, Jim has been the real estate administrator for Washington State's largest guardianship and trust company. He has been a speaker at the National Guardianship Convention and has consulted on two occasions for the City of Seattle's HomeWise weatherization program.
Also an historian and author, his articles have appeared in Columbia, Washington State Historical Society's publication, and the Rocky Mountain Fur Trade Journal, published by the Museum of the Mountain Man, in Pinedale Wyoming. He has spoken at numerous conferences and symposia, including the Newberry Library in Chicago, The Jedediah Smith Society in Stockton, California, and the 2012 Fur Trade Symposium. He assisted with the production of and appeared in the History Channel's presentation, Taming the Wild West; The Legend of Jedediah Smith in 2005.
Jim's passion for investigation, reporting and supervision led him to found thehouseMentor in 2010. As a housing consultant with a diverse background, he finds and communicates the solutions needed to achieve his client's goals. Jim's dedication to honest counsel is the keystone of the service he provides.
An Historical Perspective on Mentoring
In Homer's Odyssey, Mentor is a trusted friend to whom Ulysses leaves the care of his household when he departs for the Trojan War. Mentor also advised Ulysses' son, Telemachus.
Francois Fenelon wrote Les Adventures de Telemaque in 1699. It is a masterly piece; a continuation of The Odyssey written from an educational vista. It is Fenelon, not Homer, who endows his Mentor with the qualities, abilities and attributes that have come to be incorporated into the action of modern day mentoring. Thanks to Fenelon, and the 'age of enlightenment', the modern day allusions of the word mentor were brought to light. Fenelon resurrected the term mentor from circa 1000 B.C. and brought it into the language circa 1750 A.D., thus filling a gap of some three millennia. Fenelon's Mentor, not Homer's, should be referred to when considering the popular environmental connotations that the word mentor now implies.