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Sun Stoppers of Lake Norman
18700 Statesville Rd #104, Cornelius, NC 28031


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Contact Rob Ruska at: 
[P] 704-231-8468 or
704-655-1011

ABOUT SUN STOPPERS

For over 20 years now, the name Mike Burke has been synonymous in the Carolinas for high quality window tinting.
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Mike Burke

Mike Burke
Mike Burke graduated with a marketing degree from Western Carolina University in 1994 and spent 6 months of the following year as the #1 salesman at Scott Clark Toyota. He had always wanted to create something of his own, so in 1996 he moved to Myrtle Beach and opened his first tint shop, Innovations. Homesick after a year at the beach, he returned to Charlotte and started a mobile tinting company, The Tint Man, in 1997. He quickly became the primary tint provider for most of the stereo and accessory shops within a 50-mile radius of Charlotte. In fact, he was so successful as the Tint Man that in 1999 he created a new company, Lighting Mike’s, and opened his first retail location to keep up with demand. Over the next 6 years, Mike built Lightning Mike’s to 6 locations around Charlotte, offering a variety of aftermarket automotive services – inspections, A/V, accessories, wheels & tires – in addition to window tinting. During this time he also opened a small car dealership. By 2005, after gross sales of $1.6 million, Mike had a small child at home and decided to sell Lighting Mike’s to spend more time with his family. He chose to take a break from the auto industry, pulling on his educational background to start an ad agency, Pinpoint Advertising, which focused on direct marketing to upscale customers. After growing Pinpoint to self-sufficiency, he then sold it in 2006 to open Sunstoppers.

With Sunstoppers, Mike took what he’d learned building and running his first several companies, and decided to follow a Starbucks-type model, focusing on quality rather than quantity with an emphasis on providing a superior product and excellent customer service. By doing one thing – window tinting – extremely well, Sunstoppers built a reputation as the place to go for the best overall customer experience. Over the course of Sunstoppers’ 10 years in business, Mike has expanded his product offering to include mobile tinting services, automotive paint-protection film, roller shades, residential and commercial flat-glass tint and specialty and printed films for commercial storefronts, branding and advertising.

Sunstoppers now has 7 local retail locations, from Matthews to Concord and Huntersville to Lake Wylie,3 flat glass divisions covering the entire Charlotte metro and surrounding area, and 2 franchise locations in Charleston SC and Boston MA. As the company continues to expand, Mike is careful never to lose sight of the core values that make Sunstoppers great – motivation, teamwork, quality, putting the customer first, and – most of all – caring.

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From left to right: Aldo Hernandez, Mike Burke, Rob Ruska

Rob Ruska
Rob bought his first roll of tint at an auto parts store in New York as a young teenager. He started with his father’s truck and his brother’s car, then continued tinting car windows in his garage for friends. When he got his license, he started helping out at a local stereo and tint shop, and got his first full-time job tinting windows and installing stereos and accessories when he turned 18. In ____ he was recruited by Pro Tint to move to Charlotte to do tint and paint protection. By 2007, Rob was at a turning point. He enjoyed his work and lifestyle but was unhappy at Pro Tint. He was considering switching careers when he found Mike Burke online. He loved what he saw of Mike’s drive and enthusiasm, so he contacted him and the two met. After working together for a week, Mike approached Rob with the idea of opening a second Sunstoppers store in an old Lightning Mike’s location that was coming up for lease. Rob was all-in, and they started Sunstoppers Lake Norman within a month. Initially they focused only window tint, but as paint protection films improved, they decided to add that service as well. With Mike, Rob finally feels like a true parter who’s found his long-term career.

Aldo Hernandez
In 2010, Aldo had just left a construction job where he felt he didn’t fit in. His father-in-law, a neighbor of Mike’s suggested the two meet, and Mike hired Aldo to work in his flat glass division tinting houses and commercial properties. Mike taught him everything about flat glass tinting, and during the down times he would fill in at the other stores, helping out wherever he was needed. After about a year, Rob’s helper in Lake Norman left due to an injury and Aldo took hi place in Lake Norman full-time. Rob taught him the ins and outs of automobile tinting and paint protection, and he loves the challenge of every car having its own particularities. He’s found his home with the Sunstoppers family and can’t imagine going anywhere else.

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