Max is the Managing Director and lead Designer of Skylighter FireworX and has built his business from humble beginnings into Queensland’s most trusted and sort after pyrotechnics display company. His fascination with fireworks began at a young age and was the catalyst for him starting Skylighter while still in high school. After completing a Civil Engineering Degree at University, Max turned his part time passion into a full time obsession, slowly adding other passionate team members and growing the business steadily. Max’s commitment to ethical business practices, customer service, delivering value for money and exceeding expectations has been an integral part of Skylighter’s success.
Max has a strong focus on innovation, developing products, systems and design techniques to ensure that Skylighter continues to deliver cutting-edge, world class displays into the future. This continuous pursuit sees Max travelling to China several times a year to work with some of the World’s leading Pyro-Chemists. This work has resulted in Max developing many new product ranges and effects now used around the World.
Over the past 7 years Max has been the Skylighter Project Manager for the New Year’s Eve Fireworks in Brisbane. His knowledge of pyrotechnic products and event production logistics are of the highest standard, allowing him to efficiently lead an entire production team through large scale pyrotechnic displays from concept to completion.
What do you enjoy most about your job?
Making people happy! Words can’t describe the feeling I get when tens of thousands of people are cheering in unison as one of our displays burst above a City skyline.
What has been your fireworks moment to date?
The first time we produced Brisbane New year’s Eve, my heart was pounding and when the finale finished, the crowd roared and the stress turned to elation!
Who are your hero’s?
My Parents, Ingrid & Denzil! Oh, and Colonial Sanders
What song would be your life soundtrack?
Metallica – Fuel
What is your favourite thing to do besides working?
Spending time with my wife, Inger and my beautiful new baby Penny! Preferably while water skiing and wakeboarding.
Describe yourself in 3 words?
Ambitious, Generous, Devoted
What’s one sentence you’d like to hear from your boss?
I hear it every day from my wife, I love you!
What is the best thing you’ve ever done?
Becoming a Dad!