Kevin T. Connelly, President

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.

Danielle Cibello, Sales Support Manager

Education BA, Gordon College Graduate Certificate, University of Central Florida

Responsibilities & Professional Experience

Danielle Cibello is the Sales Support Manager for Apollo Sunguard. She has been with the company since 2006. She is responsible for the day-to-day management of the customer service department, including the supervision of estimators, customer service and sales representatives. She’s had various articles published including; “Breathable Fabric Shade Structures: The Secret to Separating Yourself from Your Competition – And Increasing Your Bottom Line”. She has played a key role in the redesign of the company’s new website. Prior to joining Apollo Sunguard, Ms. Cibello was the Senior Technical Writer for Correctional Services Corporation. She wrote and edited responses to complex request for proposals from U.S. government agencies, resulting in awarded contracts totaling over $120 million in annual revenues. She also has experience in the non-profit sector, having worked as Marketing Coordinator for a mental health organization. Ms. Cibello earned a Bachelor of Arts in English from Gordon College and a Graduate Certificate in Professional Writing from the University of Central Florida.

Pat Dickerson, Production Manager


Certified Production Technician (CPT), Manufacturing Skill Standards Council

Responsibilities & Professional Experience

Pat Dickerson is a Certified Production Technician certified through the Manufacturing Skill Standards Council. He has been with the Apollo Sunguard since June of 2006. He is responsible for the day-to-day management of production and process, quality control and quality assurance. He reviews all orders placed by the sales department and reviews all engineering before the orders are placed into production. He coordinates the shipping dates with each customer and assists in the coordination of the installation with the contractor, if needed. Pat is responsible for certifying new Apollo Sunguard installers and making sure that the installation goes as smoothly as possible. If any quality issues should arise Pat is the first responder and main point of initial contact.

Jaime De Oliveira

Fabric Manager

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.

Carrie Kreiser


Responsibilities & Professional Experience

Carrie is the Controller for Apollo Sunguard Systems and has 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.  She also has strong experience with sales and use tax reporting, property taxes and audit preparation.  In addition, she 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.

Cindy Crawford-Hansen

Administrative & Sales Support

After a brief visit with friends in Sarasota during the summer of 1985 I decided farm life in Michigan was no longer for me – I fell in love with the Gulf waters, the lushness of the area, and the history of the city.  Not long after I moved here a chance encounter led to me running away with the circus! I became a booking agent for a local three ring circus and worked there for years, it’s my favorite career to date! I then moved into fine dining, becoming a sous chef & baker, and then spent many years in the whole foods arena creating wonderful food and enjoyed many years of incredible cooking adventures. I love to travel, garden, scuba dive and spend time outdoors in our beautiful city. After joining Apollo Sunguard I became everyone’s “shady friend” and I don’t mind the nickname! I enjoy helping playgrounds, schools, and other properties design and provide shade for safety from the sun and heat – especially here in Florida!

Kevin T. Connelly

Danielle Cibello

Pat Dickerson

Jamie De Oliveira

Carrie Kreiser

Cindy Crawford-Hansen

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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.

Our vision 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.

We have 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.

"We are thrilled! Thank you so much! The teachers are so excited and our press people are arranging photos for next week. We like it so much that our Public Relations department would like a quote for a covered area for physical education.. thanks so much." -- Denise C. Smith | Principal, Land O' Lakes Christian School