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Celebrating 24 Years of Protecting Southwest Florida

24 Years!

Celebrating during a pandemic that has negatively impacted so many, could seem displaced. But in a time of loss, we want to do nothing but support our community and applaud your role in our ability to celebrate our 24th anniversary this year. Because in the tough times – let’s find reasons to celebrate one another and find solutions for a better tomorrow. So today, we say thank you for your role in our success and want to highlight some of our favorite partners and awards from over the years.

Our History

Storm Smart was founded on August 5, 1996, out of a desire to protect lives and property in Lee, Collier, and Charlotte counties from damaging and life-altering weather events. Over the last 24 years, Executive Chairman & Founder Brian Rist has committed himself to provide the best and highest-quality storm-protection technology after personally experiencing the aftermath of Hurricane Andrew in 1992 up close while living on Florida’s east coast. Upon moving to Lee County, he started Storm Smart and created the first prototypes of the company’s signature product line — the innovative Storm Catcher® screens. Since then, Storm Smart has continued building on the legacy of quality products to keep us all safe during the Southwest Florida hurricane season!

Giving Back Is In Our DNA

Giving back and supporting those in need is a pillar of our business practices and we believe our philanthropic work has directly impacted our company growth. Today we celebrate our 24th anniversary, but we are proud of how we have been able to share our success by supporting great organizations. We take great pride in our partners and the relationships that we have built over the years by providing much-needed resources. Although there are too many to name, we are grateful to support all of the great programs and specific causes helping to shape a better tomorrow. Some of our recent partnerships include:

  • All Faith Food Bank
  • Cape Coral Animal Shelter
  • Cape Coral Military Museum
  • Community Cooperative Soup Kitchen
  • Florida Gulf Coast University
  • Florida Southwestern Athletics
  • Good Wheels
  • Harry Chapin Food Bank
  • IMAG History and Science Center
  • Lee County School District
  • Pace Center for Girls
  • University of Massachusetts Lowell
  • Uncommon Friends
  • Valerie’s House

For more information on our community involvement please visit:

Our Accomplishments Are Because of You!

Currently, within the Smart Companies brand, we are employing over 200 people. It is our people and those we interact within the community that makes the difference and have led us to where we are today. Our focus is not only on growing the company but growing our community. Our Executive Chairman Brian Rist has dedicated his energy towards entrepreneurship, teaching others how to be successful and leading by example to teach the importance of giving back millions of dollars through his regular philanthropic endeavors across Southwest Florida and beyond. Some of this also includes starting Storm Smarts’ “We Care Program” in an effort to have a specific avenue within the company for philanthropic efforts. For more information on the We Care program, please visit

Over the last 24 years, the company has celebrated many great milestones and awards including being a five-time winner on the Inc. 500’s 5000 “Fast Growing Privately Held Business” list, SBDC’s “Innovator of the Year” and “Distinguished Entrepreneur of the Year” awards, the Small Business Association’s “Small Business of the Year” award and the Governor’s “Ambassador Award,” among many others. We are very proud of our accomplishments and humbled to receive such generous recognition from the community we love. At the end of the day, we thank and celebrate our community for the 24 years we’ve been a part of it.

For more information on Brian Rist, visit, or call (239) 274-2761.

For more information on Storm Smart visit, or call (239) 274-2761.

"Storm Smart offers the most customer-friendly service, knowledgeable technicians plus quality products. Not to mention that this company is very community minded, and gives back whenever the need arises. We have used this company twice and both times with excellent results. And their prices are very competitive, too."
-Jane R.