Burke and his wife Staci moved from Naples, FL to attend Columbia Bible College, now known as Columbia International University. Their goal and reason for picking CIU was to gain a comprehensive education in Bible and become missionaries overseas. Burke and Staci worked part time jobs while enrolled as full time college students. Burke was very interested to find a better part time job that could allow him to have more flexible hours and the ability to make more money. During these college years, Burke began working for a like minded college friend who ran a small window cleaning business but his friend graduated and left the country with his family as long term missionaries overseas. This is where Burke learned the skill of cleaning windows with an applicator and a squeegee. Burke began his own window cleaning business, Squeegee Clean Inc. The original intention of the business was to fully fund college tuition and living expenses so that he and Staci would not have debt accumulation after graduation because mission agencies will not onboard missionaries who have debt of any kind.
The business grew and Burke soon realized he needed help to meet the ever-growing client base so he hired his first employee, another student. God kept growing their client base and they kept needing to hire more employees. Out of necessity Staci took on the role of office personnel. Many of their clients made known their desires for other services including pressure washing and soft washing. After due diligence of research and more education, they expanded their services, causing their customer base to double in size. God was at work in a different way than they ever anticipated. The business soon took on a life of its own and Burke and Staci had to decide what to do about this baby that had grown into a child with so many overwhelming needs.
A pivotal moment in their lives forever changed the course of Burke and Staci’s destiny. In chapel one day, Dr. George Murray preached a sermon entitled “Be Ready to Go but Willing to Stay”. The sermon highlighted the fact that many Christians are ready to stay but willing to go on the mission field. Dr. Murray encouraged the audience to change their mindset and do the opposite. Burke and Staci were so busy getting ready to go that the idea of staying was not even a thought. They realized that by them staying, God was using them in the lives of the Christian students and employees they were hiring. Several have gone on to become pastors, missionaries, counselors, teachers, authors and business owners to name a few.Burke did finally graduate with a BA in Bible and Masters in Counseling and Staci graduated with a BA in Bible and Masters in Teaching. Even though they aren’t currently using their degrees in those specific fields, the education and training they received equipped them well to develop and run an effective business, centered on Christian values and principles. They feel honored and blessed to be able to provide excellent services and employment opportunities with flexible hours and excellent pay to many aspiring college students and community members. Although Burke and Staci are sad that they never did go overseas as long-term missionaries, they are happy to be in the center of God’s will, trusting him with each step. Squeegee Clean was birthed through faith and continues to run on prayer power each and every day. When you choose Squeegee Clean, you are not only fulfilling a need of your own, but you are also contributing to enriching the lives of their employees, their employees’ families, our community and even to the outer most parts of the world.