View Page Menu

About Sklz


The international headquarters for Pro Performance Sports (owner of the SKLZ brand) is located in Carlsbad, California, a sports hotspot where we’re fortunate enough to test and use our training aids year-round. We believe in supporting the health and betterment of kids and community everywhere, and we not only create products that help to support that position, but we’re also closely involved with charitable organizations that follow the same beliefs. Through our support of and relationships with the Challenged Athletes Foundation and numerous local organizations we are constantly inspired and honored to be a part of their success.

Corporate Culture

The SKLZ Mission, Vision and Values define our existence and remind everyone of why we do what we do. Not coincidentally, they could also serve as a mantra for successful sports teams: 

Mission

We guide and serve athletes on their journey to be their personal best with innovative products, technologies and knowledge.

Vision

To Elevate the Athlete in You

Values

  • Relentless – We innovate each and every day with the goal of always serving our athletes better.
  • Excellence – We go for the gold in everything we do--there's no reason for second best.
  • Sportsmanship – We play to win, and always do it ethically and fairly. We foster the highest level of trust with everybody we work with.
  • Uncompromising – We come to work every day to help athletes achieve their personal best. Everything we do is with this goal in mind. We will never compromise on this commitment.
  • Love – We love what we do and it shows. We love who we work with and what we accomplish together.
  • Teamwork – We work as a team, one team. The better we are as individual players, the better we are as a team, and vice versa.
  • Spirited – Walk through our doors and you'll feel the energy, see the passion and experience the fun. 

RESULTS  

We measure each and every thing we do against our vision to elevate the athlete in everybody.

LEADERSHIP TEAM

JOHN SARKISIAN, CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER & FOUNDER

As CEO, John is responsible for strategic direction, financial performance, brand growth, company culture and the adherence to the mission and values. He is also focused on team member growth and well-being. John’s entrepreneurial spirit was originally built through his career in real estate and restaurant development. John formerly led Pat and Oscar's restaurants, a chain of 14 restaurants in Southern California and Arizona that was sold to Sizzler International in 2000, as well as Semtek Innovative Solutions, a company providing credit card security technologies. John is also currently the founding investor and Chairman of the Board of BrightScope. John graduated from the University of Michigan where he received a bachelor's degree in economics, and then attended San Diego State University’s MBA program. John is the Vice Chair for the YMCA Board of Directors in San Diego County, Trustee of the San Diego Sports Commission and serves on the Board of Directors of San Diego Sports Innovators. 

John often rolls through the front door at SKLZ Headquarters in his cycling gear.

BRIAN ENGE, PRESIDENT

As president, Brian leads the management team to develop and execute the strategic plans for the company. Brian came to SKLZ from The Active Network and is known for his successful tenure as CEO of Zoot Sports. During his tenure at Active, Brian was responsible for the company’s consumer products business and developing programs for active sports participants. Brian has spent fifteen years in the sports apparel and footwear industry with a series of leadership positions including senior vice president of Saucony and president of Schoffel North America, an outdoor and ski apparel brand. Brian is active in the triathlon community and serves on the Board of Directors of San Diego Sports Innovators. He graduated from Harvard College and received his MBA from Harvard Business School. 

Brian is married to his college girlfriend, Ceci, and is a father of four active kids. He locally coaches soccer so he's often seen on local soccer and lacrosse fields with his kids. When he's not working or spending time with family, he's usually working out– running, cycling, swimming or yoga.

JEFF SLOVAK, CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER

As COO, Jeff is responsible for all aspects of operations including product sourcing, production planning and order management, warehousing and logistics. Jeff started his professional career at Deloitte & Touche where he contributed to and led audits for numerous companies across many industries. He then joined Fortune Brands' audit department where he performed audits for several global companies including Jim Beam, Swingline, Master Lock and Cobra Golf. After his time at Fortune Brands, Jeff worked in a variety of roles including vice president of finance for the Workspace Tools division at ACCO Brands. Jeff graduated from Miami University where he received a bachelor's degree in accounting, and then attended Northwestern University's Kellogg School of Management where he received his MBA. 

Jeff played soccer at a high level throughout high school and continues to play competitively, and also slightly less competitively during lunch hour and after work pick-up games.

STEFAN KARNAVAS, CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER

As CFO, Stefan is responsible for all aspects of the finance and accounting functions as well as treasury, capital raising and M&A activities. Stefan has over 25 years in financial management experience working in privately owned and publicly traded high growth businesses. He is particularly skilled in managing through multiple growth cycles having done so with several companies including doubling or tripling the size of the business in short periods of time. He has managed in organizations from start-up to $2.5 billion in revenue. Prior to joining SKLZ, Stefan held the position of CFO at Semtek Corporation. Before Semtek, he also held CFO positions with Cobblestone Golf Group and Cricket Wireless, as well as senior financial management roles with Leap Wireless and Horizon Cellular Group. Stefan graduated from the University of Denver with a bachelor's degree in finance and later attended UCLA’s Anderson School of Management where he obtained his MBA. Stefan also volunteers his time as CFO of Change Access Foundation, a not-for-profit foundation that promotes broadband connectivity to under-privileged school children in urban centers in the US. 

Stefan grew up in Philadelphia and was a 3-sport athlete in high school (football, hockey and baseball). Stefan  is an avid mountain biker, golfer and skier.

GREG SHOMAN, VP OF MARKETING/CBO

As VP of marketing/CBO, Greg is responsible for developing the brand vision for SKLZ, communicating it to customers and driving sales-focused marketing strategies. This includes establishing strategic goals and overseeing the execution of relevant initiatives for all brand touch points. With 20 years in a variety of business and marketing disciplines, Greg has extensive experience in helping companies establish and build their brands, drive sales and loyalty, improve their operations and obtain funding. “Big agency” experience includes Ogilvy & Mather Direct and McCann-Erickson/San Francisco where Greg managed major high-tech accounts such as Microsoft and Oracle. Greg was also a key player in smaller agencies, serving as a partner in Type G, and also as the executive vice president of Cyberworks. His corporate marketing experience includes: vice president of marketing and strategic planning at Bidland Systems, consumer communications and business development manager at Microsoft Corporation and director of client services for Manufacturers’ Direct Services. Greg graduated from Stanford University with a bachelor's degree in economics, and from San Diego State University with an MBA in marketing. 

While fully embracing the Southern California lifestyle as a long-time surfer and golfer, Greg has somehow now allowed ice hockey to take over his life and that of his family.

JOHN SCHULTE, VP INTERNATIONAL SALES/GOLF GM

John joined Pro Performance Sports in 2005 as the VP of sales with nearly 20 years of experience in the sports business.  In 2008, John became responsible for both the international markets and golf category.  Prior to joining PPS, John developed an impressive track record of dramatically improving revenue, market share and profits for global leaders Nike, Mizuno and Easton. At Nike, John was the GM for the performance equipment categories within the just-established Equipment Division, and then became the category business director for team sports equipment where he led the development and launch of athlete-inspired products for the Americas, Asia Pacific and Europe regions. Prior to Nike, John was with Mizuno and Easton where he held several positions starting as the product manager for Mizuno Ball Gloves and Easton Bats at Easton Sports and ending as the director of marketing for baseball and softball at Mizuno USA before moving to Nike. John also held senior level management positions at Applied Applications, LLC and American Sports History where he directed sales and marketing efforts for the team and specialty sports market web ventures of the two companies. John holds an MBA in marketing and finance from the UCLA Graduate School of Management and a bachelor's degree in economics from the University of California, Davis. 

When he's not visiting global partners or running about the Carlsbad office, John can often be found pursuing the perfect round of golf or enjoying the outdoors with his family.

DAVID SCHULTZ, VP US SALES

As VP of sales, David is responsible for establishing and driving the US sales plan for SKLZ. He joined SKLZ after serving seven years as VP of sales at Timex where he led the sales strategy for the US Sport and Military businesses. David has over 16 years of sales and sales leadership experience with powerful brands including Black and Decker, Stanley, Newell Rubbermaid and Timex. Prior to joining Timex, David was VP of sales at Stanley Tools running daily operations and managing strategic plans for major big box home centers. David graduated from California State University, Fullerton with a bachelor’s degree in business and received his MBA from Wake Forest University’s School of Business.

David played division 1 collegiate baseball and was the 40th round draft pick of the Montreal Expos professional baseball organization in the June 1990 free agent draft. He coaches baseball with his two boys and enjoys swimming, cycling and running.

AARON AZEVEDO, VP OF PRODUCT

As VP of product, Aaron leads the design, engineering, and product marketing functions at SKLZ in an effort to ensure that every SKLZ product represents the best solution for the athlete’s needs. With decades of global manufacturing experience, Aaron also works to maintain and improve the sourcing base and supply chain efforts. He joined SKLZ after serving 3 years as SVP of Footwear at Quiksilver where he led the product creation process and supply chain for DC Shoes. Aaron has over 20 years of product creation and manufacturing experience with powerful brands including Reebok, The North Face, Coach, Saucony, Zoot, and Quiksilver. Aaron graduated from Rochester Institute of Technology with a bachelor’s degree in Industrial Design.

Aaron has been a runner and cyclist for years, and is a 4-time Ironman triathlon finisher. He and his wife Donna regularly enjoy an outdoor and fitness lifestyle.