Storm Smart, based in Southwest Florida, has been recognized both locally, for its work in educating the public about hurricane protection, and nationally, for its tremendous growth over the last few years. We are also very active in supporting our community. These are just a few of the examples of how Storm Smart is connected to and recognized by our local communities.
Local & National Recognition
A Leader in the Industry and the Community
HARRY CHAPIN FOOD BANK DONATIONStorm Smart recently contributed through the WINK Feeds Families program to a local food bank. The Harry Chapin Food Bank of SW Florida serves the five-county area of Lee, Charlotte, Collier, Hendry, and Glades. They distribute food to needy families through a network of church food pantries, neighborhood centers, disaster relief agencies, and other organizations.
Storm Smart President Brian Rist, along with WINK Chief Meteorologist Jim Farrell, presented a check for more than $3,000 to Chapin Food Bank representative Fred Richards. The money was raised by Storm Smart’s employees to help those in need this holiday season. WINK-TV taped the event and aired a segment on its evening news broadcast.
The Harry Chapin Food Bank serves over 20,000 people each month. If you’d like to help them help others, or want more information on this very worthy cause, check out their website.
LOCAL AWARDSStorm Smart is proud to have won the following awards:
State of Florida Governor’s Award for Corporate Leadership in 2007 & 2010
INC 500 Fastest Growing Companies 2006, 2007, 2008 and 2009
Awarded a Proclamation “Commitment to Lee County’s Economic Development” Corporate Leadership 2007 by Senator Burt Saunders
Lee County Economic Development Office’s Top 10 Employer- Lee County, Florida (2006, 2007, 2008, & 2009)
Best of News-Press- five years in row – First Place Hurricane Screen Protection
Voted Florida Weekly Best 2009 & 2010
Brian Rist wins “Small Business Man Of The Year” awarded by the U.S. Small Business Administration, South Florida.
CCCIA Subcontractor of the Year 2014
CCCIA Presidents Award 2015
Florida Grow 50 to Watch
Finalist for ‘Manufacturer of the Year’ from Manufacturer Association of Florida – 2014 & 2015
Angie’s List Super Service Award- 2011, 2012, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017
Gulf Coast 500 – Top Business 2014
Southwest Regional Manufacturing Association – 2015 Manufacturer of the Year (100+ Employees)
Southwest Regional Manufacturing Association – 2016 Distributor of the Year
Best of Charlotte – 2016 Reader’s Choice Award – Charlotte Sun Hurricane Shutters
Cape Coral Community Foundation – 2017 Non-Profit Business Partner of the Year
GOVERNOR RICK SCOTT VISITS STORM SMART 3 YEARS IN A ROW!
In 2014 Governor Scott visited Storm Smart on his campaign trail, returning in 2015 to present Storm Smart’s President, Brian Rist with the Governor’s Ambassador’s Award. Governor Scott returned in March of 2016 to kick off the “Million, Billion Job Victory Tour”.
GOVERNOR’S HURRICANE CONFERENCE AWARD TWICE!
Each year, at the Florida Governor’s Hurricane Conference, the “Corporate Award” is given to a company in recognition of its overall contribution to hurricane preparedness in the state of Florida.
In May of 2008, Florida Governor Charlie Crist presented Storm Smart President, Brian Rist with this award. Nominated by the Lee County Emergency Operations Center, Storm Smart was recognized for its “substantial contributions to hurricane preparedness, response, recovery and research” in Florida.
In 2010, the Lee County Emergency Operations Center recognized Storm Smart and its President Brian Rist for outstanding service to the state of Florida and Storm Smart’s corporate leadership! The ceremony took place on May 27, 2010, at the Governor’s Hurricane Conference.
LEE COUNTY FL COMMISSIONERS’ RESOLUTION
Storm Smart Industries has always been involved in helping educate residents of hurricane-prone areas in how to prepare for and deal with the effects of hurricanes. For example, the company has been instrumental in the creation of the All Hazards Guide, a free publication that gives valuable information on natural disasters, including hurricanes. Storm Smart contributes every year to the printing and distribution of the All Hazards Guide and is proud to be a sponsor!
NATIONAL RECOGNITIONINC. Magazine – Storm Smart honored four years in a row!
INC. MAGAZINE 500 LIST 2006
Over the past several years, Storm Smart Industries has experienced exponential growth. In recognition of this, the company has been named by Inc Magazine to its annual ranking of companies that have exhibited such expansion. In August of 2006, Inc Magazine ranked Storm Smart as one of its 500 fastest growing privately owned companies in the United States. For the full story on this, please visit our news page.
INC. 5000 LIST 2007
For the second year in a row, Storm Smart Industries was named to Inc Magazine’s annual list of rapidly growing private companies. For 2007, the list was expanded to 5000, from previous years’ 500 listing. Storm Smart came in at number 1114, the highest placement for a hurricane protection company. Complete details can be seen in our news story.
INC. MAGAZINE 5000 LIST 2008
For the third year in a row, Storm Smart Industries was named to INC. Magazine’s annual list of rapidly growing private companies. In 2008, Storm Smart came in at number 3,871, the highest placement for a hurricane protection company.
INC. MAGAZINE 5000 LIST 2009
Storm Smart has done it AGAIN! For the fourth year in a row, Storm Smart Industries was named to INC. Magazine’s annual list of rapidly growing private companies. For 2009, Storm Smart came in at number 4,809, the highest placement for a hurricane protection company.