Storm Smart, the largest storm-protection and lifestyle-enhancement company in the state, celebrates its 24th anniversary of serving Southwest Florida.

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 providing 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.

“I am so honored to be celebrating 24 years of serving this community,” Rist stated. “Although I am proud of the company’s growth and the number of homes we have been able to keep safe, I am equally proud of how we have been able to share our success by supporting great organizations. Giving back and supporting those in need is a pillar of our business practices and I believe our philanthropic work has directly impacted our company growth.”

Smart Companies, a family of companies owned by Brian Rist, currently employs over 200 people. He spends his time not only growing the company but growing the community. 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.

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.

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