Skylighter creator and CEO Max Brunner wasn’t born into fireworks…he grew into it.
Expo 88 in Brisbane was the catalyst when as a four-year-old his imagination was literally captivated – and terrified – by the amazing sight of the skies ablaze with colour during the nightly firework displays.
It set Max off on a high school dream to make pyrotechnics HIS business. At 16 years of age whilst attending a Big Boy’s Toys expo, he invested his meagre savings on a fireworks licence after convincing his father to register on his behalf.
Max ditched the option of typical teenage part-time work and set up his own fireworks business. With the support of his parents Denzil & Ingrid, Max started a small backyard fireworks business servicing local shows and fetes. Word of mouth helped to grow the fledgling business and led Max to recognise the need to ensure that he had the best quality fireworks and offered the best value for money in his displays.
At just 17 years Max made his first business trip to China establishing import contacts and fireworks suppliers which are still a central part of the company today. This ethos of quality has continued as the company evolved spreading across all areas of the Skylighter business investing in boats, barges, staging equipment, flame projectors, and the best quality firing equipment – All to ensure the best value for money and reliability.
Since its inception in 1999 Max has been joined by a passionate team including Nick Kozij (Project Manager and Sports Presentation), Darren Rooney (Rigging and Operations Manager) and Ang Stryker (Logistics and Warehouse Manager) plus an array of pyros that share his love of fireworks. With this passionate, experienced and established team, Skylighter has grown to become the largest pyrotechnic company in Queensland and one of Australia’s most sought-after pyrotechnic display companies.
Skylighter present over 600 displays per year both nationally and internationally with award winning displays in Macau, Canada, USA, Philippines and United Kingdom. Skylighter provides the Brisbane and New Year’s Eve displays for Brisbane, Gold Coast, Mooloolaba and Townsville. Sports fans enjoy the Skylighter experience at the Brisbane Broncos, Gold Coast Titans, State of Origin, T20 International Cricket Tour games and a vast array of other events that leave the public breathless and in awe.
From its humble beginnings to the world stage, Skylighter has remained a proud family-owned, Australian business; large enough to deliver cutting edge world class displays, while small enough to care for, design, deliver and oversee each and every production.