For over 23 years now the name Mike Burke has been synonymous in the Carolinas for high quality window tinting.
A 23 year legacy of excellence
Mike Burke has always been a gregarious visionary. After graduating with a marketing degree from Western Carolina University in 1994, he went to work for Scott Clark Toyota where his ability to connect with people from all walks of life quickly earned him the position as their #1 salesman. However, despite this early success Mike had always wanted to create something of his own. He left Scott Clark to open his first tint shop, Innovations, in Myrtle Beach, but soon became homesick. He returned to Charlotte in 1997 and started a mobile tinting company, The Tint Man. Within two years, The Tint Man had become the primary window tint provider for most of the stereo and accessory shops within a 50-mile radius. To keep up with demand, Mike created another new company, Lightning Mike’s, a brick-and-mortar store offering a variety of aftermarket automotive services – inspections, A/V, accessories, wheels & tires – in addition to window tinting. Over the next 6 years, Lightning Mike’s grew to 6 locations, dominating the Charlotte market.
By 2005, Mike had a small child at home and decided to sell his company to spend more time with his family. Still, he couldn’t escape the itch to create, and soon dusted off his marketing degree to start an ad agency. Pinpoint Advertising focused on direct marketing to upscale customers. With his natural ability to read a market, it wasn’t long before Pinpoint was self-sufficient and Mike decided to return to his first love, window tinting.
With Sun Stoppers, Mike drew on everything he’d learned building and running his first several companies to fine tune his vision. Rather than trying to do everything, he chose to narrow his focus to film products only, doing one thing extremely well. This led him to create a boutique-type model, unusual in the aftermarket auto industry, focused on quality rather than quantity with an emphasis on providing a superior product and excellent customer service. In addition to narrowing his focus, Mike realized that he also needed to empower his people. He has structured his business so that employees have a great deal of leeway to run their stores the way they see fit. Mike is available to help and lend support when needed, but prefers to act as a mentor; encouraging his workers to step up and fulfill their individual potential.
Over the past few years, Mike has become a true leader in the window film industry, both nationally and globally. In April of 2019 he was invited by Xpel to deliver a keynote address at their flagship Asian dealer conference in Sanya, China. He has since served as a judge in the International Window Film Tint-Off competition, presented courses in marketing and Sales Strategies at the International Window Film Conference, taken part in an Industry Experts Q&A panel at Xpel’s North American dealer conference, been the subject of articles in multiple industry publications, and has been recognized as a Window Film Magazine Top Dealer and Xpel North American Window Film Dealer of the Year.
Mike has also begun expanding his partnership program as he finds increasing fulfillment in acting as a mentor to others, sharing his wealth of accumulated knowledge and experience. He has added Sun Stoppers locations across the Southeast, from North and South Carolina, to Georgia, Virginia and even Massachusetts, with plans to eventually expand into all 50 states.
With nine area locations there’s sure to be a Sun Stoppers near you!