With interests in photography and videography and special training in electronics; I was brought aboard the team at Mark II & Associates by Jim Daniel in 1989 and began my career as a private Investigator in Birmingham AL. Jim Daniel was a former Birmingham Police officer who had built Mark II & Associates up from the ground creating one of the most aggressive and result driven surveillance companies in the state. Mr. Daniel was a great mentor and leader. I inherited my commitment to excellence for Jim Daniel and Mark II & Associates and enjoyed the seven years that I had the privilege of working with the many Investigators at Mark II; they each had their own areas of expertise and knowledge to share. In 1992 I joined the Alabama Professional Investigator's Association. Having worked as an Investigator with ample experience and training in Surveillance, records research, Child Custody cases, Divorce cases and Injury Fraud cases and charged with the responsibility of training new investigators; I, having become an expert in field surveillance, Left Mark II in 1996 to operate my own detective Agency. For the following five years, having started up a company known as Altima Investigations, I tested my interest in Product liability investigations, Internal theft, missing persons, drug and substance abuse cases and undercover drug operations. I have had the pleasure of working close together with law enforcement in theft stings (Birmingham P.D.), missing persons cases and lengthy undercover drug operations where I worked in deep cover inside factories to weed out employees who sold drugs on company time and property (Calhoun County Drug Task force and Anniston P.D). In 2001 I Formed The Casteel Agency (Current legal name is Casteel & Associates LLC). The Casteel agency specializes in surveillance in both domestic and corporate cases (Injury fraud, child custody, divorce, cohabitation, internal theft etc.)
Jim Casteel is currently: Vice President of the Alabama Private Investigator's Association (A.P.I.A.) A standing member of the National Association of Investigative Specialist (N.A.I.S.) A member of the council of leaders. Accredited Member, Better Business Bureau with A+ rating. Insured.
Past 23 years of training and experience has been provided by the following. Jim Daniel : ( Investigator, mentor, great leader) Eddie Frederick : (Former Investigator, Active Police Chief) Laurice Tatum : (Former member of Mark II Investigative team, Former F.B.I.) Kevin Ripa : (Class Speaker: Cellular Devices, Truth and Lies about hacking and monitoring & Cyber Warfare) Allen Stidger : (Class Speaker:(The 4th Amendment and GPS Tracking) Rob Schroader : (Class Speaker:Digital Forensics) Bill Mitchell : (Class Speaker: Smooth Sailing in Troubled Waters of Marital Cases) Reggie Montgomery : (Class speaker: How to be an Expert Witness) Michele Stuart : (Class Speaker: Online Security & Investigative Techniques) Warren Mack : (Class Speaker: Kung-Fu Computer Forensics) Joshua McAfee: (Instructor: McAfee institute - Social Medea Investigations Certificate Course)
I am also serving on the following committees with A.P.I.A. Governmental Affairs: Certification & Standards: Education & training: