Storm Stoppers were invented in September of 2004 by Orlando entrepreneur John D. Smith. In 1996, John invented and patented Collegiate Hubcaps (USPTO Patents #6,309,027 & #5,931,543) and Collegiate Fan Waves, and started marketing them on college campuses.
Collegiate Hubcaps were held onto car, pickup truck, van and golf cart wheels with 3M Dual Lock Fasteners. John tested his wheel covers to 140 mph on racing legend Dale Earnhardt’s #3 car at the Walt Disney World Speedway, so he knew 3M’s fasteners had tremendous holding power. Collegiate Fan Waves were made of corrugated plastic. In 2002, John was profiled by CNBC’s Mike Hegedus for his show, Outside the Box with Mike Hegedus.
In August of 2004, Florida was hit by Hurricane Charley. In September, Hurricane Frances was approaching. Since there was no plywood available, John invented Storm Stoppers out of the corrugated plastic and 3M Dual Lock fasteners that were used in his collegiate products. After doing Large Missile 2 x 4’ Impact Testing in October of 2004, John began selling Storm Stoppers direct to the public. Since 2004, John has sold Storm Stoppers to over 6,000 homeowners in a dozen states and the Caribbean, with almost $6 million in retail and wholesale sales.
In 2010, the Smith Press published John’s book called, Don’t File a Patent.