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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Lieutenant Colonel Connelly in Vietnam

Lieutenant  Connelly in Vietnam

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.

Kevin Connelly

President Kevin Connelly

Kevin Connelly

President

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.He has served as President of the Sarasota Manatee Manufactures Assoc. ( SAMA) and presently serves on their Board. He also serves on the Boards of the Florida Veterans for Common Sense and the Council of Neighborhood Assoc.

 

Danielle Cibello

VP of Sales Danielle Cibello

VP of Sales Danielle Cibello

Vice President of Sales

Danielle Cibello is a graduate of Gordon College with a B.A. in English and minor in Communications. She also has a Graduate Certificate in Professional Writing from the University of Central Florida. She has been part of the Apollo team since 2006. Danielle assists customers, distributors and sales reps with their shade needs. She is the chief estimator, processes all orders and ensures complete customer satisfaction from the preliminary design stage to project completion. Prior to joining Apollo, Danielle spent five years working for a publicly-traded corporation where she was responsible for responding to complex RFPs from U.S. government agencies, resulting in awarded contracts totaling over $120 million in annual revenues. She serves on the board of directors at St. Francis Animal Rescue of Venice.

 

Hallie Visaggio

Marketing Director Hallie Visaggio

Marketing Director Hallie Visaggio

Marketing Director

Hallie Visaggio is graduate of Florida Gulf Coast University with a B.A. in Communications and minors in Marketing and Philosophy. Hallie joined the Apollo team in 2014, however she has lived and worked in SWFL for over 25 years.  Prior to Apollo, Hallie worked directly with many national retail chains including Barnes & Noble, Costco, and Safeway to solicit new products and develop store specific marketing plans. Her past experience in the supply chain process gives her a unique advantage in marketing the products of Apollo Sunguard Systems, Inc. nationwide. Hallie is responsible for the overall company marketing, website development, trade show organization, management of a national sales network, advertising allocation, and budgeting.

 

Ernesto De Oliveira

Ernesto De Oliveira

Director of Engineering
Ernesto De Oliveira

Director of Engineering

Ernesto De Oliveria studied Civil Engineering at the University of South Florida. Ernesto is a Principal in Solar Dynamics Corp., the engineering design and intellectual property holding company of Apollo Sunguard, Inc. With over 18 years of shade structure design, new product development, and project management experience, he has been instrumental in developing the current Apollo product lines and continually innovating new techniques for the industry. Ernesto has extensive experience collaborating with national and international architectural companies to develop custom shade solutions. Ernesto holds a US patent as Co-inventor of Children Sunshade Structures, the attached playground shade solution now a staple in the industry.

 

Pat Dickerson

Production Manager Pat Dickerson

Production Manager
Pat Dickerson

Production Manager

Pat Dickerson is a Certified Production Technician through the Manufacturing Skill Standards Council. He has been an integral member of the Apollo team since 2006. Pat is responsible for the day-to-day management of the production team, quality control managers, and quality assurance. He reviews all orders placed by the sales department and structural engineering prior to them being placed into production. Pat is responsible for certifying new Apollo Sunguard installers and making sure that every installation meets the quality standards of the company. If any quality issues should arise Pat is the first responder and main point of contact.

 

 

Jamie De Oliveira

Jamie De Olivera

Quality Control Manager
Jamie De Oliveira

Quality Control Manager

Jaime De Oliveira came to the U.S. from South Africa in 1993 where he earned his certification as master craftsman. Jamie was an early pioneer in the shade industry and introduced the concept to Florida. He offers over 20 years of experience as master craftsman in the developed fabric design and manufacturing specializing in architectural shade cloth & high-density polyethylene (HDPE) fabric. His hands-on knowledge of shade structure production results in quality fabrication – from pattern design and cutting, to stitching and packaging. Jaime brings his vast experience and knowledge of fabric design to ensure the best quality covers allowing Apollo Sunguard to offer the strongest warranty in the industry.

 

Adriana Monroy

Production Assistant

Production Supervisor Adriana Monroy

Production Assistant  Adriana Monroy

Adriana Monroy joined the Apollo team in 2014. She attended Arturo Tejeda School of Fashion Design in Colombia. Adriana has lived and worked in Southwest Florida for the past 20 years. She brings with her over 25 years of sewing and hands on fabric design experience. Adriana is responsible for managing the day to day sewing production operations team, as well has the quality control inspections. She has high attention to detail and ensures all Apollo fabric covers are up to company standards. Nothing but the best!

 

 

 

 

Cathy Tassie

Cathy Tassie

Office Manager
Cathy Tassie

Office Manager

Cathy Tassie joined the Apollo team in 2014. She has an Associate in Applied Science in Legal Assisting and has worked in an office admin for the better part of 20 years. Cathy has experience working in many different industries including a private college, engineering firm, mental health clinic and preschool corporation. She spent 18 years as an army wife and has lived overseas along with several different locations in the US. She is responsible for the overall day to day operations of the office.

 

 

 

Carrie Kreiser

Controller Carrie Kreiser

Controller Carrie Kreiser

Controller

Carrie Kreiser joined the Apollo team in 2012 with over 25 years of experience working in the Manufacturing, Construction, Property Management and Real Estate Development industries.  Her expertise includes all facets of general ledger accounting, job costing, financial reporting, payroll, AR/AP, property management, lease administration, budgeting, forecasting, process improvements and contracts analysis. In addition, Carrie has outstanding technical skills with experience in a variety of accounting software packages including systems implementation.  Carrie is a very articulate, high-energy professional with outstanding analytical, team building and communication skills.

 

Carla Moffett

Carla Moffett

Receptionist
Carla Moffett

Receptionist

Carla Moffett has recently relocated to Sarasota, FL. She attended Remington College in Little Rock, AK. Carla became a medical assistant working over 10 years in the medical field. After her grandchildren were born, she decided to move to sunny Florida to be closer. Carla is a smiling face and welcome addition to the Apollo Team.

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.