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.
His organizational skills and strategic corporate vision have been developed through years of entrepreneurial experiences. Mr. Connelly is dedicated to creating safe and sustainable outdoor environments. As a shade structure and electric vehicle innovator, his mission is to provide superior protection from solar radiation and heat, while promoting cool comfort, sun safety, healthy living and environment preservation. His environmentally-friendly shade products and electric vehicle charging stations support a green living philosophy by reducing the amount of energy resources required for charging and cooling.