Where did play begin?

Changing the
way we play

Skyrocket is a tech-entertainment company defining the future of play. Leveraging the latest technology, our groundbreaking product portfolio is changing the way consumers engage and interact across generations. Our team of entrepreneurs, product developers and design engineers bring together innovations in retail, tech and entertainment to elevate play and advance the industry.

With offices in Los Angeles and Hong Kong, Skyrocket creates products sold under major licenses as well as proprietary brands such as Recoil, Sky Viper, Real Cooking and Mebo.

Our Leadership

Ultimately, leadership is not about glorious crowning acts. It's about keeping your team focused on a goal and motivated to do their best to achieve it, especially when the stakes are high and the consequences really matter. It is about laying the groundwork for others' success, and then standing back and letting them shine. -- Chris Hadfield.

Nelo Lucich

Nelo Lucich

Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder

Nelo Lucich is poised to blow your mind. With more than 20 years of tech and toy experience under his belt, Nelo wants everyone to think bigger about entertainment and ‘play.’ He began as an interactive producer at Mattel, eventually ascending to Senior Vice President of Interactive & Operations at JAKKS Pacific, Inc. Heeding his vision – and needing the freedom to make it happen – Nelo set out with a band of merrymakers to co-found Skyrocket in 2010. As Chief Executive Officer, Nelo is guiding Skyrocket to an entire new level of possibilities…..

Jon Proudfit

Jon Proudfit

Creative Director and Co-Founder

On any given day, Jon Proudfit is an amiable taskmaster, crackling with that bleary-eyed energy you usually see before the world is gifted with a great idea. Jon’s aesthetic vision, informed by decades of creative work, drives the packaging and messaging of all Skyrocket products. Hailing from Michigan, Jon got his start at Colorbok’s Flying Colors division, which was eventually acquired by JAKKS Pacific, Inc. in 1999. At JAKKS, he worked with the Interactive Games department, heading west to the company’s California offices. It was there that he met his Skyrocket co-founders.

John Ardell

John Ardell

Executive Vice President of Marketing
and Co-Founder

As a marketing pro in the gaming industry, John Ardell has been around plenty of virtual explosions. After all, he made his bones during nearly 12 years at THQ and five years as Senior Vice President of Marketing at JAKKS Pacific, Inc. These days, however, John is in the middle of something big. He and a few fun-loving co-workers joined forces to found Skyrocket in 2010. Now John’s daily adrenaline rush includes launch strategies for breakthrough games and engaging tech products. John is part of something bigger. Tune in for the boom.

Holly Kisskalt

Holly Kisskalt

Senior Vice President of Finance

As a recruiter at Robert Half International, Holly Kisskalt used to help companies find great managers. Along the way, her own talent became obvious. JAKKS Pacific, Inc. brought Holly aboard as a Finance manager, drawing upon her years of public accounting at Coopers & Lybrand in Detroit, Michigan. By the time she left JAKKS, Holly had become Vice President of Information Systems. Holly’s star continues to rise, now soaring with Skyrocket.

Hayley Thistlethwaite

Hayley Thistlethwaite

Vice President of Product Development

Hayley Thistlethwaite still rocks. Twenty years after a start as an A & R coordinator in the music industry, she is still minding the details of budding superstars – incendiary gaming products, exciting gadgets and engaging toys. After serving as Director of Interactive at JAKKS Pacific, Inc., Hayley was an engineering program manager for a Silicon Valley Start-up that made AR Goggles and then GoPro. She has been Vice President of Product Development at Skyrocket since 2013. Oversight of electrical & drone development might seem far-flung from the rarefied concerns of major label music. But consider the joy of a career that still puts a smile on people’s faces – and rocks their world. 

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Open Positions

Marketing Coordinator

Marketing Coordinator

Skyrocket, a leading global manufacturer of technology-focused toys and gaming products, is looking for a talented Marketing Coordinator to support our Marketing team. The primary responsibility for this role is to support the marketing department in deliverables, organizing workflow, branding, market research, coordinate cross functional team efforts and assist in any operational needs.