St. Augustine, Fla., Feb. 17, 2016—Solar Stik®, Inc. is pleased to announce Stephanie D. Hollis, MD has been selected as one of 100 individuals to be honored by the University of Florida’s Gator100 for 2016, which ranks the 100 fastest-growing, Gator-owned or Gator-led businesses each year. Hollis is the Chief Operating Officer and Co-Founder for Solar Stik, as well as a practicing anesthesiologist.

Along with ranking Gator-owned and led business, the award recognizes and celebrates the achievements of leading UF alumni entrepreneurs around the world regardless of their field of study. Hollis is a 2000 graduate of University of Florida’s College of Medicine and 2004 graduate of their residency training program in Anesthesiology at Shands at UF, and has been the COO and a Director of Solar Stik since its inception in 2006.

“I never saw myself practicing medicine for my entire career; building and growing Solar Stik as a company—competitive in the global market—has given me the opportunity to tap into an entrepreneurial side I didn’t know I had,” Hollis explained.

Innovation is the driving force at Solar Stik. For the past 10 years, the St. Augustine, Florida-based company has integrated technologies to build portable power systems based on five tenets: portability, adaptability, scalability, durability, and autonomy. The company produces leading-edge energy systems for the defense market, and is establishing a groundbreaking presence in the commercial market with solar-powered beverage vending machines and climate-controlled uninterruptible power supply (UPS) cabinets for communication towers. In addition to a proud commitment to American manufacturing, it also supports humanitarian efforts by providing power systems to medical missions in developing regions and for disaster relief.

Hollis, along with the other Gator100 award winners, will be honored at a ceremony on Friday, Feb. 19, 2016 in Gainesville, Fla., with keynote address by Senator Bob Graham. The Gator100 is an opportunity for UF’s elite entrepreneurs to gather and share their talents and wisdom, and is an inspiration to fellow Gators to become a part of this exclusive group.

For more information about the award Hollis will receive contact Ceal Potts, writer/editor at Solar Stik, 800-793-4364 ext. 140 or cpotts@solarstik.com.