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A good company starts with great people
We believe that intellectual capital is critical to providing innovative and creative solutions in every area of our business. We’re passionate about making a measurable impact in everything we do, and understand our employees are the catalyst to making this happen. Empowered employees are part of our company values, and over the years, we have been fortunate to attract the most talented professionals in our industry. Our employees come to PlayCore, and ultimately stay, to build rewarding careers because of our entrepreneurial spirit, a commitment to innovation, the opportunity for growth, and the high expectation for excellence. Our people are our most valuable asset – they are skilled performers and problem solvers that believe active lifestyles are the key to happy and healthy communities.
PlayCore's Corporate Team
Roger Posacki currently serves as the President and CEO of PlayCore. Prior to joining the PlayCore team, Mr. Posacki was President and CEO of Elmers Products, Inc., a leading consumer company with a diverse and iconic portfolio of brands, including Elmer’s®, Xacto®, and Krazy Glue®. Previously, he has held senior management positions with Carson-Dellosa Publishing and Crayola. Roger has been actively involved on the Board of Directors with the Kids in Need Foundation and 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 and recreation. Roger works and resides in Chattanooga, Tennessee and is enjoying the opportunity to learn more about the many recreation opportunities within the community.
Roger loves all outdoor activities, and especially enjoys spending time hiking with his wife and sons.
Rick RueggerSenior 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.
Rick enjoys fishing, and getting outside in the fresh air.
Jim UnderwoodSenior 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."
Jim says “To me there is no better place to enjoy the outdoors and get rid of some stress than shredding the Appalachians on a mountain bike. After learning in my early forties that I needed exercise and better diet to battle a family history of diabetes, I purchased a bike and never looked back. Most every Saturday morning, you'll find me riding some of the best trails in the southeast near my home in Chattanooga.”
Lisa MooreSenior Vice President of Corporate Strategic Services
Lisa Moore is responsible for the company’s strategic services and Center for Outreach Research, and Education (CORE), 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.
Lisa enjoys being outdoors and participating in water sports with her family, especially when they can spend time on the river that runs through Chattanooga.
Spencer CheakGroup President
Spencer Cheak is the Group President responsible for all aspects of the GameTime business unit as well as all operational issues at PlayCore's Southern Fulfillment Center in Fort Payne, Alabama. He serves on the boards of the DeKalb County United Givers Fund and Oneonta, Alabama Parks and Recreation. Spencer leads a highly skilled team to produce beyond compliant, high-quality playground equipment enjoyed by children all over the world.
Spencer says, “I love being active, and combining outside activities while seeing other parts of the world is what I enjoy most. My favorite activities include hiking, boating, golfing and anything that gets me outside and moving. Since my wife and I have become empty nesters, we have been able to travel more together and being able to hike and golf together while seeing this great country that we live in is a lot of fun.”
Mark BurgessGroup President
Mark Burgess is responsible for oversight of Play and Park Structures, UltraPlay, GT Grandstands, UltraSite, BigToys, Robertson Recreational Surfacing, and National Recreation Systems. He has more than 20 years of experience in the commercial and retail recreation industry in both the United States and abroad and has conducted business in more than 50 countries. He has also served on local, national, and international boards in the recreation industry.
Anita Sayed, PhDGroup President
Anita's previous experience includes working for US Specialty, General Motors, Hewlett Packard and IEM, where she held several management and marketing positions, including Director of Marketing and Sales, VP of North American Operations and President of IEM. Anita is the recipient of the MIT Entrepreneurship Award, as well as the SBA entrepreneur award for outstanding international expansion. She has served on the U.S.- Japanese trade missions and sits on advisory board for NSPF, as well as Chairperson for "Step into Swim." Ms. Sayed received her undergraduate degree in economics from the University of Cambridge, and her MBA from University of Michigan. Her PhD is in economics. She is the recipient of five national advertising awards for impact and brand advertising.
Anita enjoys getting outside in the many places she visits around the world, but especially loves hiking where she can enjoy the views around Denver.
Brenda GrantGeneral 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.
Brenda enjoys the many beautiful outdoor activities around Chattanooga, and especially likes getting out on the water with her family.
Tom NorquistSenior Vice President of Innovation & Business Development
As a founding board member in 1995, past president, past treasurer, current secretary and president elect of the International Play Equipment Manufacturer ’ s Association (IPEMA) and long-term active American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) representative, over the past 34 years, Tom has been involved in all aspects of the play industry. He served from 2002-2004 on the Advisory Board for the National Program for Playground Safety (NPPS). He served from 2002-2004 on the Advisory Board for the National Program for Playground Safety (NPPS).
For over a decade, he actively served in the (Access Board) Recreation Access Advisory Committee and Regulatory Negotiation meetings and additionally served on the advisory panel for the Access Board’s on-line Technical Assistance and Training for Play Area Accessibility. Tom served for over 15 years on the Board for the International Playground Contractor’s Association (NPCAI), and is a founding steering committee member and active leader on the U.S. Coalition for Play. Tom is one of few recipients of the coveted Joe L. Frost Play Research Collection National Play Advocate Award in April 2008.
Additionally, over the past five years, Tom has led Dr. Stuart Brown’s National Institute for Play (NIFP) Board and is the project co-leader of the first known on-line database of scientific and academic research creating a cohesive picture about the proven scientific benefits of play. Tom received Auburn University’s School of Industrial and Graphic Design Distinguished Service Award for his leadership teaching ten design studios over the past twelve years. Finally, Tom serves on the Canadian Standards Association Children’s Playspaces & Equipment Z614 committee and is representing the United States on the ISO TC83 Playground Equipment committee.
Tom is a passionate play advocate and enjoys the many fun opportunities he has created at his “Boneyard” to play outdoors with family and friends of all ages.
Joni ManleyCorporate 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.
Joni loves to take advantage of all the active outdoor opportunities around the Chattanooga area, especially when it means getting outside on her bike.
Anne-Marie SpencerCorporate Vice President of Marketing and 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 and recreation by motivating the marketing teams with creativity and encouragement, serving on the Board of Directors at the Chambliss Children’s Center, and by competing in obstacle course races in her spare time.
Anne-Marie is a competitive obstacle course racer, and says “I love the variety, we carry and throw heavy objects, swing from our hands, throw spears, and scale high walls. It allows me to test my fitness and become a more well-rounded athlete and person.”
Mike LoveCorporate 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 enjoys spending time outdoors with family and friends. Mike has led backpacking trips in the southwest as well as the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, has paddled the world class Ocoee River, and also spends time relaxing on the local lake.
Katie McDiffettVice President of Audit, Compliance, and M&A
Katie is responsible for PlayCore's M&A and financial compliance functions, including oversight of due diligence, external financial and investor reporting, and the annual financial audit. Prior to joining PlayCore in 2012, Katie spent 7 years in the audit practice of Ernst & Young LLP. She received her Bachelor of Science and Master of Business Administration degrees from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. She is also a Certified Public Accountant in the state of Tennessee and a member of the TSCPA and IMA.
Katie like to get outside and explore wherever and however she can - hiking, kayaking, snorkeling, etc.
Shay MahoneVice President of Global Sourcing
Shay joined PlayCore in 2012 to lead the organization’s sourcing / procurement function. Shay earned his Bachelor of Business Administration from Belmont University, his Master of Business Administration from The University of Tennessee – Knoxville and holds an active APICS – CPIM Certification. Prior to joining PlayCore, Shay held various factory and sourcing management positions primarily in the commercial aerospace and food equipment industries.
Chris AllenVice President of Manufacturing and Planning, Southern Fulfillment Center
Chris is responsible for the manufacturing activities, including production, process improvement, cost reduction, budgets and inventory, engineering, maintenance, tool and die and information systems at the Southern Fulfillment Center in Ft. Payne, Al. Chris is committed to helping his team deliver the highest quality products to PlayCore’s customers. He focuses himself and his team on providing the play products necessary to enable PlayCore’s programs to provide an enriching play experience and to help build communities through play.
Chris says, "I like to hike. The Koko Crater hike in Hawaii is tough but worth it for the views at the top."
Mike McWilliamsVice President of Customer Satisfaction, Southern Fulfillment Center
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 BeckumVice 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.
Randy greatly enjoys sportfishing, and the feeling of sun and salt spray when getting out on the open water with friends.
Jennie SumrellDirector of Education: Programs, Partnerships & 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.
Jennie loves getting outside with her family, especially in the warm summer months.
Inés Palacios, PhDDirector 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.
Ines loves being outside, especially when it’s in the company of friends and family!
Russell L. Carson, PhDResearch and Health & Wellness Advisor
Russ brings over 20 years of experience to PlayCore as a university Professor in kinesiology and public health, applied researcher, and PlayCore scholar and author of Play On! Russ is the Founding Director of the University of Northern Colorado Active Schools Institute, holds degrees in PreK-12 physical education, sport psychology, and health and kinesiology, and since 2008, has authored 19 funded projects, 60+ research publications, and 100+ international/national presentations on topics of comprehensive health and wellness in/around school and early childcare settings. Russ joins the PlayCore family from Colorado as a dedicated champion of active learning and living.
Russ has always been an active person, he enjoys hiking, running, swimming and spending time biking around town with his family.
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