Meet Our Team
VP, Strategic Accounts818.531.4730
Neal Skuro is Vice President, Strategic Accounts and has been with Offbeat Productions since 2009. Prior to joining Offbeat Productions, Neal managed Sony Pictures Home Entertainment’s Retail Marketing department for nearly 10 years where he oversaw a team responsible for execution of retail specific promotions with major retailers including WalMart, Best Buy and Target. Neal brings together a very unique skill set having worked on both sides of the industry, including managing a 10 million dollar corporate spending budget and now helping others manage their marketing budgets on the vendor partner side. Neal specializes in overseas project management, managing large, complicated, multi-dimensional projects with complex timelines. One of Neal’s most notable projects include Bandai Namco Entertainment’s Dark Souls 2 collector’s edition for worldwide release in North America, Europe and Asia. Key components of this project included creating and designing a custom 12” figurine, cloth game map, hard cover art book, a metal game case and a music CD soundtrack. The collector’s edition was placed in all major retailers and the company's sales of the collectors edition exceeded expectations and deemed a huge success. Neal specializes in many different industries and some of his key clients and their respective industries are as follows: Entertainment (Fox Networks and Bandai Namco Entertainment), Healthcare (Children’s Hospital Los Angeles), Professional Sports (Los Angeles Kings), Technology (Magento), Financial (Deloitte), Spirits (Guarachi Wine Partners), Automotive (American Honda Corporation), Real Estate (Coldwell Banker) and Education (Calabasas High School).
Business Development & Sales
Working with clients big and small to achieve top of mind brand awareness. Statistically its said that it takes 7 brand impressions to turn a prospect into a customer. Promotional products are a link in that chain of 7 but also could be argued that they are the most important. Show someone an ad create an impression, give someone a gift and create a customer. Whether its outfitting your employees, giving thanks at events or turning prospects into customers I have some creative solutions for you.
With a strong background in global/multicultural integrated marketing and advertising, both on the client and agency side, Jonathan has put together award-winning integrated marketing programs and partnerships for Fortune 500 companies such as Volkswagen, Directv, Sony Electronics, ESPN, SCE, and A&E. As Head of Entertainment Marketing for Volkswagen AG, Jonathan managed its multi-million dollar partnership with NBC Universal, putting together turnkey promotional opportunities for the VW dealership network worldwide. He has also positioned and launched two major Hispanic cable networks: ESPN Deportes and mun2 (now NBCUniverso).
Jonathan has put together major promotional products programs for clients spanning different major brands and industries such as: SoCal Gas, Cremo Brand, Raleigh Enterprises/Sunset Marquis Hotel, Sanrio’s Hello Kitty, Marvel, EA Sports, and Warner Bros. He has been able to bring his client-side perspective and international marketing background to proactively provide solutions to help increase a brand's awareness and equity.
A graduate of Franklin and Marshall College in Lancaster, Pennsylvania Jonathan holds a B.A. in Literature and Cultural Anthropology as well as a MBA in International Marketing from Thunderbird Graduate School of International Management in Glendale, Arizona. He has lived and studied in Venezuela and Spain and is fluent in Spanish and proficient in Portuguese. When not chasing around his two young boys, Jonathan loves tennis, hiking and experiencing different countries and cultures.
Gayle’s first introduction to branded items was when she held a position in marketing for Gibson Guitar in Nashville, TN, and was purchasing them. After moving on in 1997 she found herself on the other side of the desk selling branded items, and has been doing this for almost 23 years now. Her first business was from a “cold” call at Johnston & Murphy, a division of Genesco, and she has maintained that relationship all these years. Gayle has been associated with a few distributors as an independent contractor and has recently affiliated with Offbeat Productions. Her account list is varied with businesses that include the Grand Ole Opry & Ryman, Evolve Companies, residential communities located primarily on the East Coast, creative shops, law firms in Chicago and numerous others. Gayle moved to Chicago to be closer to her son, Dillon, and his wife and to experience everything the city has to offer. Her favorite things to do are to hang out with friends & family, attend live theatre, enjoy the city’s beautiful architecture, spend time along the miles of lake shore and to be open to new experiences every day. Gayle’s strong background in the business can help you grow yours!
Crystal Houston is a Sales Rep with Offbeat Productions who helps companies, schools and individuals with their promo product needs. Before joining the Offbeat team, Crystal spent over a decade working as a project manager for a high paced billion dollar company. During her time as a project manager she worked with several vendors and suppliers in obtaining promotional products for the business. Crystal is a proud mother of two amazing wonderful children, one boy and one girl who fill her world with joy and purpose (along with many other things). She spends most of her time with her family, whether it be playing golf, listening to the kid’s band, or watching movies on a Saturday night! Crystal brings a positive attitude to all of her business dealings and is willing to help with any and all fun promo needs! You can reach Crystal at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sales Support Team
Sales Support Team
Connie has worked in the promotional products industry since 1986 and has been with Offbeat Productions since 2007. She currently provides inside sales support, customer service, and accounting functions for the company. She enjoys golfing, boating, watching football, and spending time with her family and friends.
Sales Support Team
Jennifer spent her early career in the printing industry. For approximately 16 years she was involved in customer service, production art, and pre-press. She moved from printing to the promotional products industry in 2003, where she has found her niche. Jennifer has been with Offbeat Productions since August of 2011. She mainly supports the Vice President of Strategic Accounts, Neal Skuro. Her current role in the company, involves inside sales support, customer service, and graphic support. Jennifer has been married to her husband, Mark, since 1995. She has 3 step-adults, and 6 grandchildren. She and Mark were blessed with a wonderful, bright, handsome, son named Andrew, in 2001. When Jennifer is not working she loves just spending time with her family.
Before starting her journey as an entrepreneur, Shannon Nellis spent time living abroad as an exchange student in Kazakhstan and Madagascar where she learned Russian and French. She graduated from Georgetown University in 1996 and two years later began a career in business, taking over a small t-shirt company in Los Angeles and turning it into a multi-million dollar, full-service promotional products company. Now, powered by Boundless, Offbeat Productions is in the top 1% of the promotional products industry, offering cutting-edge technology and the financial backing and resources of a $55-million partner. In her “spare time,” Shannon enjoys traveling, skiing, hiking and biking. She currently lives in Park City, Utah with husband Bob and their two sons.
Bob started in the promotional products industry during his college years at UCLA and continued to gain experience providing creative and often "impossible" promotional solutions to the record companies of Hollywood during the mid-80's. Thirty years later, Bob has grown Offbeat into a company with an experienced, full-service team that can manage promotions from concept development through delivered product. Bob's expertise has gained him the title of "Special Ops" and he prides himself on providing exceptional customer service and outstanding client experiences.