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Storm Smart names former Lee County Economic Exec. Director John Boland as CEO

Storm Smart, and its parent company, The Smart Companies have named John Patrick Boland as Chief Executive Officer (CEO) for both companies.

“It is an honor to take the helm of a company with such an impressive growth record that has built one of the most well-respected names in Southwest Florida,” says Boland.

With his appointment, former CEO and founder of Storm Smart and The Smart Companies, Brian Rist will now serve as the Executive Chairman of The Smart Companies.

Rist says Boland is the perfect fit to lead the company as it looks to explore new opportunities, “Change is a natural evolution for a business. I have tremendous confidence with the skill sets John is bringing to the table, our company will rise to unseen heights and continue the great culture Storm Smart has stood for over the past two-plus decades.”

Boland comes to the company with an impressive resume that includes a 20+ year career in the United States Marines Corps where he served both domestically and abroad including multiple combat tours in Iraq during Operation Iraqi Freedom. He retired from the U.S. Marines Corps Reserves as a Lieutenant Colonel.

Most recently, he served as Executive Director for Lee County’s Economic Development Office. Previously, Boland served as Vice President, Strategy & Business Development for Hertz Equipment Rentals. Before moving to  Southwest Florida, he held a number of senior executive roles around the globe. Including Vice President & General Manager, IDEX Asia Pacific, Shanghai, China.

Boland holds a Master of Business Administration degree from Rutgers University, a Juris Doctorate from the University of Dayton, and further Executive Education from Harvard Business School.

Opening in 1996, Storm Smart is the leading manufacturer of storm protection products in the United States. It has been a busy year for the company as its relocated its corporate offices, reached record revenue growth, and surpassed over 200 employees within the company. Boland says all those factors will serve as the foundation to expand the company far beyond its current borders, “I am excited to lead Storm Smart through its next phase of growth, which will see the company expand into not only other geographic areas but, other lines of businesses, as well.”


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