Kevin T. Connelly, Presidentapollo sunguard

Past President & board member of the Sarasota Manatee Manufacturers Association Board member - Veterans Legacy Program Additionally, Kevin is a member of the following organizations: Military Officers Association of AmericaAmerican Legion, Veterans of Foreign Wars, Vietnam Veterans of America, Disabled American Veterans, and SCOPE

Kevin Connelly graduated from the University of Notre Dame with a degree in Business Administration, Marketing. During his career, he served as an Army Officer with combat tours in Vietnam, retiring as a LT. Col.; Foreign Service Officer with US AID; IBM Sales & Marketing and County Economic Development Administrator, helping hundreds of companies grow. Further, he founded an award-winning construction company that built a major housing subdivision in New York. Apollo Sunguard is benefiting from Mr. Connelly’s broad experience in sales, marketing, product development and finance. His organizational skills and strategic corporate vision have been developed through years of entrepreneurial experiences. Mr. Connelly’s expertise and vision was recognized in his election (5 terms) as President of Sarasota-Manatee Manufacturers Association and he now serves on their Board.

Jaime De Oliveira, Quality Control Managerapollo Sunguard

Responsibilities & Professional Experience

Jaime De Oliveira came to the U.S. from South Africa in 1993 where he earned his certification as master craftsman, welding and assembly inspector from the Victor School. Jaime De Oliveira offers over 16 years of experience as master craftsman in the developed fabric design and manufacturing specializing in architectural shade cloth & high-density polyethylene (HDPE) fabric. His working, hand-on knowledge of all areas of fabric production attribute to the successful managing of the fabric department – from pattern design and cutting, to stitching, to packaging. Jaime De Oliveira is involved in every area of the fabrication of the shade cloth. Jaime De Oliveira brings his vast experience and knowledge in quality control management, which compliment his expertise in the precision design of Apollo Sunguard’s polyethylene fabric covers.

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Apollo Sunguard Systems, Inc. of Sarasota, Florida was founded by Kevin Connelly in 1997 as a privately-held, service disabled veteran-owned business specializing in pre-engineered and custom shade structures. As the second oldest shade structure company in the United States, we are a nationally-recognized pioneer in bringing shade to various outdoor venues. As shade innovators, our mission is to provide superior protection from solar radiation and heat, while promoting cool comfort, sun safety, healthy living and environment preservation. Our environmentally-friendly products support a green living philosophy by reducing the amount of energy resources required for cooling people, animals and property.

The vision of Apollo Sunguard is to market products that meet a serious need – protection from solar radiation, skin cancer, and heat injuries. By the marketing and sale of our products, we intend to become an integral part of the solution to the growing problems and concerns associated with the sun. Our core philosophy is to design and manufacture shade structures that are architecturally appealing, made from the best materials, and are strong enough to meet or exceed all building code requirements. They can endure the harshest weather conditions and can withstand wind speeds up to 170 mph.

Apollo Sunguard has a keen eye for shade market trends and needs. We strive to stay on the leading edge of research and development of heat reduction concepts to protect people, animals and property. We pride ourselves in selling quality products and we back our products with the strongest warranties in the industry.

Our team of professionals has a total of forty years of experience in the shade structure industry. We have the expertise required to meet your design challenges. Our professional staff of shade experts, innovative engineers and designers, and customer service specialists, as well as our large network of dealers and sales representatives throughout the world, ensures your project is a success.