About Us

Peace-of-Mind Painting Experience™

History of Company

Founded in 1993, Varsity Painting has painted over 80,000 residential and commercial units. Our success is because of our people. With the lowest turnover in the industry, we focus our time on taking care of our customers, not constantly recruiting and training new staff.

Our Team

Roland Thoms

Roland Thoms

President

Family: Married since 1993 to my wife, Nicole. Father to Camille, Carter and Ashton.

Passions: hockey, pinball and vinyl.

Motto: “Let’s make it happen”

Founded Varsity Painting in 1993

Brian Teal

Brian Teal

Vice President

Family: Married since 2014 to my wife Vanessa. We have 2 sons, Samuel and Leo and a beautiful little girl, Keira.

Passions: Tennis, trail running, piano and jazz.

Motto: “Get out and enjoy nature!”

With Varsity family since 2001.

Mandi Newton

Mandi Newton

VP of Marketing & Business Development

Family: Married since 2009 to my husband Matt, Mother to two boys, Tyler & Tanner.

Passions: Camping, dirt bike riding, boating, wake &snow boarding, hiking, yoga, working out, volunteering and watching my boys play sports.

Motto: “One person can make a difference!!”

With the Varsity family since 2007.

Chad Bruckner

Chad Bruckner

VP of Production

Family: Married since 1999 to my wife Claudia. Father to Hannah and Noah.

Passions: Being with my family, soccer, dirt biking and traveling.

Motto: “Why do it tomorrow, when you can do it today.”

With the Varsity family since 2007.

Julie Noftzger

Julie Noftzger

Project Coordinator / Customer Service

Family: Married since 1997 to my Husband Robert, Mom to Jack, Katie, and Andy

Passions: Bocce, Walking and volunteering

Motto: “There is always something to be thankful for!”

With the Varsity family since 2002

Sean Ward

Sean Ward

Senior Estimator

Family: Married since 2002 to my wife Bina. Father of two boys Bradan and Dylan.

Passions: Enjoying the outdoors with fishing, surfing and camping. Travel that somehow includes surfing with my entire family. I also enjoy building stuff from furniture to electric carts and bicycles.

Motto: “Nothing to it but to do it!”

With the Varsity family since 2018

Diana Le-Bearby

Diana Le-Bearby

Director of Marketing & Business Development

Family: Married since 2004 to Dustin Bearby, Mother to two, Shayna and Tanner.

Passions: Family, friends, travels (local as well as international)

Motto: “Developing strong relationships and maintaining them is the foundation of everything I do, both professionally and personally.”

With the Varsity family since 2021.

Morgan Foster

Morgan Foster

Payroll & Human Resources

Family: Married since 2006 to my best friend, Kyle. We have two beautiful boys Logan and Luke and a silly Rottweiler named Cali.

Passions: I love being with my family camping, boating, dirt bike riding and simply watching my boys be boys

Motto: “There’s no better time than the present”

With the Varsity family since 2019

Carter Thoms

Carter Thoms

Residential Sales

Graduated University of Nevada in Reno.

With the Varsity family since 2019

Greg Morgan

Greg Morgan

Director of Client Success, Certified Color Consultant

Family: Married to my inspiring wife, Marie, since 1988.  We have one son, Conner who is married to his college sweetheart. We are all Cal Poly Alumni!
 
When I’m not at work: I enjoy spending time with my family, working on my son & daughter-in-law’s home in Danville, and I love great dining and wine-tasting experiences. I never miss a Monterey Car Week!
 
Experience: In the painting industry since 1982.  CAI, CACM, CAA, Echo, BOMA, IREM Memberships.  Certified Color  Consultant and paint coatings expert.
 
Motto: Under promise. Over deliver.
 
With the Varsity family since 2024 (but as a partner since 1994!)
Larry Mellberg

Larry Mellberg

Director of Marketing & Business Development

Family: Married to my lovely wife Laurie since 1996. We have 3 adult children and 3 grandchildren.

Passions: Traveling with my wife, fishing & hunting, my dogs, and serving others.

Motto: “I am always willing to go the extra mile for our clients”

With the Varsity family since 2023

Maria De La Rosa

Maria De La Rosa

Controller

Family: Mother to the one and only, Diego.

Passions: Cooking, gardening, open-space trails, spending time with family and traveling.

Motto: “Live in the Present, Plan for the Future!”

With the Varsity family since 2023

Jose Bolanos

Jose Bolanos

Safety & Recruiting

Family: Married to my wife Rosa, father to Three boys, Josiah, Uriel, and Emmanuel

Passions: Spending time with my kids, fishing, working on cars, drag racing

Motto: “Choice, not chance determines your destiny”

With the Varsity family since 2019.

Katie Noftzger

Katie Noftzger

Marketing Assistant

Family: I live with my wonderful parents, and younger brother. I have an older brother who has moved down south to follow his career.

Passions: In my free time, I enjoy spending time with my friends and reading books.

Motto:   Never trust anyone who has not brought a book with them” – Lemony Snicket

With the Varsity family since 2022         

Marco Sanchez Bucio

Marco Sanchez Bucio

Sales & Estimating

Family: Married to my queen Alma, father of 2 Daughters, Abril, and Melody. Proud to say I have my very own version of Bluey & Bingo!!

Passions: Catch me on the soccer field on Fridays if you are brave enough 😌 or hiking to the center of the earth, even maybe spot me at the gym. If that doesn’t work, I’m always in need for a sparring partner!

Motto: “He who makes no mistakes, makes nothing”

With the Varsity family since 2019.

Bella

Bella

Vice President of Precious

Please welcome Bella to the Varsity Family!

Bowie

Bowie

Director of Cute

“Bowie” doesn’t factor too much into the day-to-day life at Varsity Painting. But he does appreciate a fine cup of coffee served in a sweet looking mug.

Our Painters

Our painters are all W-2 employees who have worked for Varsity Painting for several years. We care about our team and provide health care and retirement benefits to them. This is uncommon in our industry. This translates directly into employees who care about their profession, their customers and their workmanship. Your “crew chief” is English speaking and is the on-site contact should you have any questions. He is a craftsman painter with years of experience working with Varsity Painting. He is responsible for executing the quality standards and professionalism that is our hallmark.
Beto

Beto

Crew Chief

Wife Noemi and daughters Erika, Leslie and Jessica. 14 years with Varsity

JOSE L BUCIO

JOSE L BUCIO

Crew Chief

Family: I am married to the owner of my heart Joana and I am the father of 3 children Sergio, Daniel, and my angel Dalilah.

Passions: We like to go and try food from different nations, play mini golf, bowling, play tennis and go for a walk on trails and do mechanics in my old car.

Motto: Life is not about waiting for the storm to pass. It’s learning to dance in the rain . With the Varsity family since With the Varsity family since 2008

Efrain

Efrain

Crew Chief

Family: Married to my lovely wife Sofia since 1993. We have three sons and one daughter. My son Manuel has worked with me at Varsity since 2014 and my son Christian has worked here since 2017.
My beautiful daughter Dulce my little boy Axelis, bring us such happiness.

Passions: We like to go for walk , eat out and go shopping.

With the Varsity family since 2006

Miguel

Miguel

Crew Chief

Wife Ana, son Miguel Jr, Emiliana and Gael. 19 years with Varsity

Rafael Acosta

Rafael Acosta

Crew Chief

Family: Married to my wife Ana since 2004 and father to my son, Angel.
 
Passions: I’d say for work, being the best employee I can be for a company I’ve worked for since 2006. I always feel a sense of pride and accomplishment when I see another satisfied customer at Varsity. Outside of work I have a big passion for soccer, Go Club America – Mexico!
 
Motto: “Don’t dwell on the past or the future, focus on the present and make it great.”
 
With the varsity family since 2006.
Rafael Castillo

Rafael Castillo

Crew Chief

Family: Married to my wife Maria, father of 3 daughters Jacqueline, Jennifer, and Jessica along with my one boy Junior.
Passions: Spending time with family, soccer, and exercising.
Motto: “live life to the fullest!”
With the varsity family since 2006.
Jorge Vazquez

Jorge Vazquez

Crew Chief

Family: Married to my lovely wife Carina. Father to my son Jorge and my daughter Destiny.
 
Passions: I love spending time with my family and making unforgettable memories.
 
Motto: “Success is no accident. It is hard work, perseverance, learning, studying, sacrifice and most of all, love what you are doing or learning to do.” 
 
With the Varsity family since 2021

Varsity is more than just a painting contractor

With your support over the years, we have raised over $2 million dollars for the Children’s Tumor Foundation ctf.org

In 2023, the Thoms Family (Roland Thoms, owner of Varsity Painting) were awarded the Humanitarian award for their tireless fight to find a cure or therapy for Neurofibromatosis.

At Varsity, we are proud to support CTF and other local Bay area charities.

Halloween Bash 2024

Halloween Bash 2024

On Saturday, October 19th, we will be having our 19th annual Halloween Bash. The first Bash was a celebration of life held after the successful brain surgery of Camille Thoms, daughter of owner Roland Thoms.

Halloween Bash 2023

Halloween Bash 2023

On Saturday, October 29th, we will be having our 17th annual Halloween Bash. The first Bash was a celebration of life held after the successful brain surgery of Camille Thoms, daughter of owner Roland Thoms.

Halloween Bash 2022

Halloween Bash 2022

On Saturday, October 29th, we will be having our 17th annual Halloween Bash. The first Bash was a celebration of life held after the successful brain surgery of Camille Thoms, daughter of owner Roland Thoms.

Halloween Bash 2020

Halloween Bash 2020

On Saturday, October 24th, we will be having our 16th annual Halloween Bash. The first Bash was a celebration of life held after the successful brain surgery of Camille Thoms, daughter of owner Roland Thoms.

Oakland Clean Up

Oakland Clean Up

During a multi-day community service project, Varsity crews provided aid to Downtown Oakland’s Business District by removing graffiti and hate-speech, repainting 38 storefronts.

Halloween bash 2019

Halloween bash 2019

On Saturday, October 19th, we will be having our 15th annual Halloween Bash. The first Bash was a celebration of life held after the successful brain surgery of Camille Thoms, daughter of owner Roland Thoms.

Cupid’s Undie Run 2019

Cupid’s Undie Run 2019

EVENT: SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 09, 2019
Join our team “Camille’s tumor fighting superheroes” by spending part of your day with us in San Francisco or simply by supporting the cause with a donation. We provide the team t-shirts and the event is super fun.

Halloween bash 2018

Halloween bash 2018

EVENT: SATURDAY, OCTOBER 20TH
On Saturday, October 20th, we will be having our 14th annual Halloween Bash. The first Bash was a celebration of life held after the successful brain surgery of Camille Thoms, daughter of owner Roland Thoms. Camille was diagnosed with Neurofibromatosis 2 at that time, a condition that causes benign tumors to grow on the nerve endings throughout her body. The condition is considered an orphan disease and is seriously underfunded. The Varsity team of friends, employees and customers have worked together over the years to raise over $650,000 for much needed research into suppressing tumor growth. Results are finally beginning to show. Recent clinical trials have identified 2 drug compounds that are slowing or stopping tumor growth.

Cupid’s Undie Run

Cupid’s Undie Run

EVENT: SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 17, 2018
Join our team “Camille’s tumor fighting superheroes” by spending part of your day with us in San Francisco or simply by supporting the cause with a donation. We provide the team t-shirts and the event is super fun.

Halloween Bash 2017

Halloween Bash 2017

EVENT: SATURDAY, OCTOBER 21ST
On Saturday, October 21ST, we will be having our 13th annual Halloween Bash. The first Bash was a celebration of life held after the successful brain surgery of Camille Thoms, daughter of owner Roland Thoms. Camille was diagnosed with Neurofibromatosis 2 at that time, a condition that causes benign tumors to grow on the nerve endings throughout her body. The condition is considered an orphan disease and is seriously underfunded. The Varsity team of friends, employees and customers have worked together over the years to raise over $650,000 for much needed research into suppressing tumor growth. Results are finally beginning to show. Recent clinical trials have identified 2 drug compounds that are slowing or stopping tumor growth.

In addition, each year, we lend time to the Housing Industry Foundation, Shelter Inc., Stand- for Families Free of Violence, Wardrobe for Opportunity, Project Night Night, Family Giving Tree, Ronald McDonald House, Habitat for Humanity, American Red Cross, Blood Centers of the Pacific, Blue Star Moms, and Disaster Relief!

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