Dear Reader September/October 2018

August 2nd, 2021 by Bryan

Top of Their Game

By Tara Taffera

When SunStoppers president Mike Burke attended a dealer conference earlier this year, he likened it to playing for his favorite sports team.

“I felt like I was on the best sports team of my life. I was on the Dallas Cowboys,” were his words when he relayed this story when I met him in July.

This team analogy was echoed by Burke throughout that day when I spoke to him recently at another industry event.

“My team only works with the industry’s best,” he said.

His “team” has 11 retail stores that offer auto, commercial and residential film services,” he said. But he doesn’t describe himself as a tinter.

“I’m an artist,” he said. “I can tint any car, anywhere.”

He is also extremely passionate about the industry—something WINDOW FILM editorial assistant Emmariah Holcomb and I noticed immediately.

In fact, we interviewed a lot of people that day but we started to refer to Burke as Mr. Passionate. It was clear from the outset how much he loves this industry.

SunStoppers is one of WINDOW FILM magazine’s 2018 top dealers (for the full list, see page 20). The company is new to the list even though it has been in business for 12 years. You see, being a top dealer doesn’t just mean you are at the top of the revenue ranks. You get there because of your passion, and your skill (or your artistry), and because of the people you work with along the way.

Kyle Calera, president Advanced Tint Co., in Richmond, Va., is another newcomer to our top dealers list. Calera exhibits the epitome of passion for the film industry. He started “Pimpin Rides in ’85 and set out to create the ULTIMATE tint shop.”

Calera says his is not only a tint shop. “Inside my tint shop is Richmond’s best car audio shop, import performance shop, best custom rim shop, vinyl graphics shop, rim repair facility and a Mobil 1 car care center all in one,” he says. Still, window film continues to be its main product offering.

Calera says he took a $100 roll of tint and turned it into $1.5 million. I’m sure there are men and women out there, pimpin rides or pounding the pavement trying to get their start, and people like Burke, Calera, and all the film shops out there inspire them.

So, here’s to all our top dealers. And if you haven’t made plans yet to attend the International Window Film Conference and Tint-Off™ September 27-29 in San Antonio, it’s not too late. Many of this year’s top dealers are speaking at the event so who better to learn from then them?

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