Apollo Sunguard | About Us
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.
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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, Apollo is a nationally-recognized pioneer in bringing shade to various outdoor venues. As shade structure 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 shade 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 sun protection products that meet a serious need – safety from solar radiation, skin cancer, and heat injuries. Apollo shade structures have become an integral part of the solution to the growing problems and concerns associated with sun safety. Our core philosophy is to design and manufacture one of a kind 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 including wind speeds up to 170 mph.


Apollo Sunguard has a keen eye for shade needs in our communities. Our shade professionals strive to stay on the cutting edge of research and development of heat reduction concepts to protect people, animals and property. Priding ourselves in  selling quality products ; we back all Apollo Shade Structures with the strongest industry warranty.


Our team of professionals have a total of over 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, will ensure your project is a success.

At Apollo Sunguard, we provide our customers with the highest level of service and quality assurance to supply the best sun safety. We appreciate your business and pledge to provide courteous, prompt, and professional service. Guaranteed.


Our key to success is uncompromising commitment to the quality of our shade structures. Quality custom design, the best shade fabric, and state of the art workmanship create the best shade structures. Furthermore, as a company, Apollo Sunguard is committed to backing each and every product we sell with excellent product knowledge and the best available shade and structure warranty in the industry.


Since our inception, we have been at the front of the shade industry. Apollo Shade Structures are everywhere…at ballparks, playgrounds, aquatic centers, parking lots, outdoor markets, seating areas, car washes, golf courses…just to name a few.

Kevin Connelly

President Kevin Connelly

Kevin Connelly is a 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 America, American 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.​