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Our People
and our approach

PlayCore learning experiences are brought to life by specialized teams. The following individuals come to work every day filled with a drive that leads our teams to develop, inspire, and sustain healthy communities.

 

 

 

PlayCore learning experiences are brought to life by specialized teams. The following individuals come to work every day filled with a drive that leads our teams to develop, inspire, and sustain healthy communities.

 

PlayCore's Corporate Team

 

Roger Posacki, President/CEO
Roger Posacki currently serves as the President of PlayCore. Previous to joining the PlayCore team, Mr.Posacki served in varying senior management positions across several companies, including Elmer’s Products, Carson-Dellosa Publishing, and Crayola. Roger has been actively involved on the Board of Directors with the Kids in Need Foundation and he has participated on other non-profit Boards and industry associations throughout his professional career.

Roger’s experience helps PlayCore continue their leadership role in the recreation market as they build communities through play. Roger works and resides in Chattanooga, Tennessee and is enjoying the opportunity to learn more about the many recreation opportunities within the community.

 

 

 

Richard E. Ruegger, Senior Vice President & Chief Financial Officer
Rick Ruegger is responsible for all financial activities of the company, including financial reporting, treasury, tax, legal, audit, banking and insurance. With a 20-year background in the play industry, Rick is committed to providing the financial leadership and structure needed to ensure PlayCore’s continued profitable growth.

 

Jim Underwood, Senior Vice President of Manufacturing & Operations
Jim is a senior-level operations professional who has held operations roles with Danaher, Black & Decker, and Porter-Cable Corporation. Jim is focused on providing leadership in operational effectiveness and lean manufacturing to the PlayCore businesses. He has learned the fundamentals of lean manufacturing through the guidance of his lean sensei – Yuri Sugiyama, Shingijutsu. Jim leads by remembering the principle "we demonstrate what we believe through what we do."

 

Lisa Moore, Senior Vice President of Corporate Strategic Services
Lisa Moore is responsible for the company’s strategic services and Center for Professional Development, which includes independent research, national partnerships, curricula, programming resources, and professional development efforts that promote the value of play and recreation. In addition, Lisa leads the company’s strategic planning, corporate communications & marketing, e-business, and human resources. Prior to PlayCore, Lisa served in a variety of administrative and service provision roles serving people of all abilities in educational and medical settings. Lisa is active in her professional and local communities and is currently a candidate for an Ed.D. degree, with a research focus on play. She believes in the power of play and is committed to building communities through play for children and families of all abilities.

 

Brenda Grant, General Counsel
Brenda is responsible for providing legal services and advice to PlayCore and its brand family, as well as contribute to M&A and business strategy development as the company continues its rapid growth and expansion.

Prior to joining PlayCore, Brenda served as General Counsel for Benchmark Rehabilitation Partners. She has a Bachelor of Science degree from McPherson College, and a Juris Doctorate from the University of North Dakota School of Law.

 

Joni Manley, Corporate Vice President of Finance & Accounting
Joni joined PlayCore after more than 23 years of financial experience with Beaulieu, a leading floor covering manufacturer.  As VP of Finance & Accounting for PlayCore, she oversees the corporate accounting, tax, treasury, compliance, and financial reporting functions.  Joni works closely with the business unit finance leaders and executive management.  She maintains relationships with the company’s lenders and financial community.
She received her Bachelor of Business Administration from the University of North Georgia and holds a Master of Business Administration from Kennesaw State University.  She is also a Certified Management Accountant (CMA) and is a member of the Institute of Management Accountants.

 

Anne-Marie Spencer, Corporate Vice President of Marketing & Communications
Anne-Marie joined the PlayCore team in 2002, and is responsible for corporate marketing, communications and special project development for PlayCore, as well as serving as the company spokesperson, and coordinator for all brand efforts, including advertising, promotion, trade show design, and external/internal communications. Anne-Marie also writes a monthly column on play trends for playgroundprofessionals.com. She is committed to building communities through play by motivating the marketing teams with creativity and encouragement, serving on the Board of Directors at the Chambliss Children’s Center, and by never forgetting to play.

 

Mike Hawkins, Corporate Vice President of Corporate Risk Management, Insurance & Legal Affairs
Mike Hawkins is responsible for all the company’s legal and risk management endeavors.  He is the designated point person for contact with all forms of press or media for all divisions of PlayCore. Mike is an active member of several community organizations and has almost 30 years of experience in the play industry. He is committed to ensuring that PlayCore produces industry-compliant, innovative equipment, and emphasizes the importance of play in our lives.

 

Mike Love, Corporate Vice President of Talent Management
Mike leads Human Resources practices and objectives that promote an employee-oriented, high performance, mission and values based culture that emphasizes teamwork and pride, quality, and continuous improvement. We believe our employees are our most valuable assets and Mike and the Human Resource team are committed to recruit and retain a highly engaged world class team of talent who deliver the highest quality play and recreation products to PlayCore's stakeholders. Mike is active in several community organizations that promote play and fitness for youth.

 

Mike McWilliams, Vice President of Manufacturing Services
 
Mike McWilliams has been in the recreation industry for 30 years. He is committed to providing and delivering the highest quality products and services to PlayCore’s internal and external customers. Mike has worked in many roles and with many diverse groups within PlayCore, including leading the ISO certification efforts for environmental and quality management system and international supply chain management.

 

Randy Beckum, Vice President of National Accounts
Randy is responsible for directing all sales activities, including account management, and sales strategy for PlayCore’s national accounts and cross selling functions.

 

Jennie Sumrell, Director of Education: Programs, Partnerships and Professional Development
Jennie has worked with children and families of all abilities for nearly ten years. Her formal training and experience in early childhood education, exceptional learning, special education, and assistive technology allows her to have meaningful influence on program and product development. Jennie is responsible for programs and partnerships that help build communities through play and she leads PlayCore’s community outreach providing continuing education to professionals across the country.

 

Inés M. Palacios, PhD, Director of Recreation: Programs, Partnerships, & Professional Development
Inés is responsible for promoting the value of recreation for people of all ages and abilities. She provides continuing educational opportunities, professional development, and research that supports recreation and play while generating partnerships and alliances in the field. She joined the PlayCore team in August 2013 after obtaining her PhD in Parks, Recreation and Tourism from NC State University. Before joining PlayCore, she was an instructor at NC State University in the Parks, Recreation and Tourism Management Department. In addition, she has experience in event planning, program management, research, and national presentations.

 

BigToys

 

BYO Recreation

 

Colorado Time Systems

 

Dero

 

Everlast Climbing

 

Fountain People

 

GameTime

 

GT Grandstands

 

National Recreation Systems

 

Play & Park Structures

 

Power Systems

 

Robertson Recreational Surfacing

 

Spectrum Aquatics

 

UltraPlay

 

Ultra Site

 

Water Odyssey

 

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