Inspiring athletes to play with confidence by adding protection to the most important part of the body.

Our Story

“You can’t protect your kids from everything, but you can give them a 2nd Skull™”

“It all started on a summer day in 2010. My kids were riding bikes and electric four wheelers. All of a sudden, I saw my son fall down and hit his head hard on the concrete. While he had his bicycle helmet on, I realized that in a split second our lives could change. I felt helpless and knew at that moment that I had to do something about this, for me and for other parents. If there was one product that could add protection to any sport helmet, what would it look like?”

This event sparked the idea which led to the journey and the birth of 2nd Skull.

Federico Olivares, Founder and President of 2nd Skull

Made in the USA

2nd Skull products are proudly Made in the USA, enabling us to deliver the best protective headgear. It is our way to give back to this great country.

Federico Olivares, Founder and President

Federico is passionate about innovation and fascinated with the future. As a founder and entrepreneur of a disruptive startup, he created a compelling vision and strategy in an emerging category for 2nd Skull.

He previously led innovation strategies at Fortune 250 companies. He spent 15 years building new and disruptive innovation platforms for Kellogg’s, GlaxoSmithKline, and PPG Industries.

Federico holds a B.S.B.A from Tecnológico de Monterrey, an M.B.A. from the University of Pittsburgh, and recently completed a Entrepreneurship program at Stanford University.

It’s exciting to be working on an emerging category that seeks to address the # 1 concern in sports globally.

Tyler Palko, Vice President

Tyler was the starting Quarterback for the University of Pittsburgh from 2004 to 2006. His ambition and dedication led him to achieve his lifelong dream of playing at the highest level in his professional career — the NFL. He played for New Orleans Saints, Arizona Cardinals, Pittsburgh Steelers and Kansas City Chiefs from 2007 to 2011. After the NFL, Tyler drove business and leadership development competencies for large companies.

He graduated from the University of Pittsburgh with degrees in both Communications & Rhetoric and Economics.

As a former professional athlete, Tyler provides invaluable perspectives to 2nd Skull. His leadership and drive continues to make a difference for the company.

Kevin Lynch, Vice President

Kevin has spent 20 years in capital formation. He has helped fund and launch over 30 companies ranging from software to consumer goods.

He holds a B.S. from Boston University.

Kevin leads our overall business development efforts. His vast experience from other early stage companies provides great value to 2nd Skull, as we prepare to grow in the near future.