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If you are in need of automotive window tinting, residential window tinting, commercial window tinting or paint protection solutions, look no farther than Sun Stoppers.
A 22 year legacy of excellence
Mike Burke, founder and owner of Sun Stoppers Window Tinting, strives to create a successful team who work together in order to provide clients with the best possible experience and finished product. Built on the concept of family values, teamwork, quality products and professional installation, Sun Stoppers has become the industry leader in window tint and automotive paint protection solutions. 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. An entrepreneur at heart he packed up in 1996 and moved to Myrtle Beach to open his first tint shop, Innovations. Homesick after a year at the beach Mike returned to Charlotte and started a mobile tinting company, The Tint Man. He quickly became the primary tint provider for most of the stereo and accessory shops within a 50 mile radius of Charlotte. The Tint Man was so successful that in 1999 he created his first retail location, Lighting Mike’s, to keep up with the demand. Over the next 6 years Mike built and developed Lightning Mike’s into 6 locations throughout the Charlotte area, offering a variety of aftermarket automotive services, inspections, A/V, accessories, wheels & tires in addition to the ever popular window tinting.
By 2005, after gross sales of $1.6 million, Mike choose to sell Lighting Mike’s and spend more time with his family. He took a break from the automotive industry, pulling on his educational background to start an ad agency, Pinpoint Advertising, which focused on direct marketing to upscale clients. After growing Pinpoint to self-sufficiency, he then sold it in 2006 to open Sun Stoppers. With Sun Stoppers, Mike took what he learned building and running his first several companies and decided to follow a Starbucks inspired marketing strategy, 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! Sun Stoppers built a reputation as the place to go for the best overall customer experience and window tint installation. Over the course of Sun Stoppers’ 12 years in business, Mike has expanded his product offerings to include mobile tinting, automotive paint protection, roller shades, residential and commercial flat glass tinting and specialty and printed films for commercial storefronts, branding and advertising.
Sun Stoppers now has 11 local retail locations include Matthews, Charlotte, Uptown, South Tryon, Lake Norman, Concord, Monroe, Rock Hill, Southend, Stoughton, Massachusetts as well as Mt. Pleasant, South Carolina. Sun Stoppers has three flat glass divisions that can aid with any commercial or residential window tinting solutions. In addition to window tinting and paint protection services, Sun Stoppers has created a design, print and installation company called Southend Graphics. Southend graphics specializes in full vehicle wraps, automotive graphic accents, graphic design, storefront graphics and installation. As Sun Stoppers and its affiliated companies and divisions continue to expand, Mike is careful never to lose sight of the core values that make Sun Stoppers and his team great; motivation, teamwork, quality and putting the client first.
If you’re an existing window tint or paint protection company and would like to expand your business through a partnership with Sun Stoppers, contact Mike Burke at email@example.com.
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.
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.
Let us accommodate your schedule with one of our nine area locations: Charlotte, Matthews, Concord, Rock Hill, Lake Norman, Auto West, Southend, Uptown and Monroe. You can even drop your vehicle off and rent one of our Sun Stoppers Courtesy Cars for the day!