It’s All in the Rist

  • Grew up in a working-class community in Massachusetts
  • Attended University of Massachusetts at Lowell, with a Bachelor’s Degree in Operations Management
  • Pursued career opportunities on the east coast of Florida
  • Lived through Hurricane Andrew in 1992—it made the garage-door bracing system he invented stand out from all of his company’s other products. Sold the system through a large box store and other retailers
  • Relocated to the west coast of Florida for a better quality of life
  • Started an executive job at RolSafe and transformed it from a struggling small company to a $20-plus-million enterprise
  • Inspired by FPL’s® Energy Smart program to “diagnose” homes and structures for their resistance to hurricanes—this concept evolved into Storm Smart®, the leading storm-protection company in the nation
  • Became a hurricane-protection expert on post-Andrew building codes
  • Invented Storm Smart’s signature line of Storm Catcher® screens that reduce hurricane-force winds by 95%
  • Helped develop a proprietary fabric and an ever-evolving array of custom designs
  • Integrated home-automation technology into Storm Smart’s product line, reinforcing the brand’s leadership in the industry
  • Dedicated philanthropist, donating his time and resources to worthy causes that benefit local communities