Steve Thompson, the President/CEO of Stanley Steemer San Diego, has been with Stanley Steemer since the very beginning. His stepfather, Jack Bates, was the original founder of Stanley Steemer, so Steve grew up in the business. At 15 he began working for the Stanley Steemer Columbus branch carrying in the buckets of water and hoses on residential jobs and washing trucks. He went on to work in corporate headquarters, branch operations, manufacturing, cleaning machine repair, and as a cleaning technician. He moved to San Diego in 1979, where he worked as branch manager for three years before purchasing the franchise in 1982. Two years later, the San Diego franchise became the first franchise with sales over $1 million. Over the years, Steve has worked hard and put in long hours to bring the franchise to where it is now.
The San Diego franchise currently has approximately 100+ employees and 50 cleaning vans. All vehicles are equipped with a GPS tracking device so we know the location of all of our crews at all times. All employees have undergone a pre-employment drug test and background check. The technicians are clean cut, wear a red and white Stanley Steemer uniform and drive the bright yellow vans. They have all received extensive training from industry experts in carpet and upholstery fabric identification, cleaning methods, spot removal, safety and customer service.
Stanley Steemer of San Diego has received many awards, including being voted San Diego’s #1 Carpet Cleaner by the Union Tribune’s “San Diego Best” reader’s poll, every year since the poll began in 1997. They have received recognition as “One of the Best Work Places in San Diego” due to their employee benefits and ongoing employee recognition activities. They were a finalist in the Better Business Bureau’s Torch Award program for marketplace ethics.
Organizations the franchise has supported through charitable donations, volunteer services, gift certificates and donations of goods and services include: Ronald McDonald House, Rebuilding Together San Diego, the Mira Mesa and Scripps Ranch Fire Departments, Y-Me Breast Cancer Organization, Pop Warner Football, Local Little League teams, Rancho Coastal Human Society, Helen Woodward Center, MCAS Miramar Food Locker, Home of Guiding Hands, Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, March of Dimes, Fire Victims Funds, the USO, YMCA, Jewish Community Center, The ARC of San Diego, San Diego Unified School District, Choral Groups, Pre-Schools, National Cat Protection Society, and more.