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Meet the team behind PlaygroundEquipment.com
We are driven by our mission of finding
A Better Way to Play
Nic Breedlove Nicolas Breedlove
CEO
Nic is the company’s founder, CEO, and driving force.

His innovation and entrepreneurial spirit have grown our company from its humble beginnings, to the playground empire we are today.

Always striving for ‘A better way to play’, Nic works tirelessly to design and provide high-quality, affordable play equipment, and to continue growing our network of dealer partners nationwide.

When he’s not working, you’ll find him spending time with his family, traveling the world, and dreaming up new ideas for playgrounds!
Cassie Carlton Cassandra Carleton
Sales Support Specialist
Cassie joined us in 2018. She is currently a sales support specialist for our partner program. Cassie’s main job is providing excellent customer service to our partners all across the country and supporting her team members.

Ask any question, and we’re sure Cassie knows the answer! In her free-time, she loves to paint, tend to her garden and spend time with her three dogs, Odie, Budley & Gordon, and two cats, Oliver and Oakley!
Gage Brown Gage Brown
3D Designer
Gage joined our design team in 2018. Born and raised in Indiana, he attended Purdue School of Engineering and Technology for 3D Modeling and Animation, graduating with a bachelor’s degree in Computer Graphics Technology.

Before working as a designer, he worked in computer technology. When he isn’t sketching up new ideas for equipment or rendering structures for the sales team, he enjoys home remodeling projects, working on cars, and tinkering with electronics.
April Russum April Russum
Accounts Receivable Assistant
April joined us in 2018 as the Accounts Receivable Assistant. Her main responsibilities are handling all accounts receivable, and assisting our Administrative & Financial department as needed.

Born into a Navy family in Arlington, TX, and raised in Oak Harbor, WA, she is now settled in Indianapolis.

In her free time she loves to spend time with her husband and children, play video games and cheer on the Texas Rangers. Before working in the playground industry, April was a hairstylist.
Katy Kessinger Katy Kessinger
Website Manager
Katy is our resident website manager and writer. She ensures that our website is in top order, and that all products are properly listed and described.  

In addition, she helps oversee social media, video content creation and various other projects in the marketing realm. She has a bachelors from DePauw University and a Masters in Special Education from Ball State. Prior to joining us in 2018, she spent 8 years in Taiwan teaching English full-time.

A fun fact about Katy: She is fluent in Mandarin!  In her free time, she enjoys role-playing games like Pathfinders, building cosplay costumes and spending time with her son, Mikey.
Christian Johnston Christian Johnston
3D Designer
Christian has been a member of PlaygroundEquipment.com design team since 2016 specializing in CAD, 3D modeling and site planning.

Born and raised in Indiana, he grew up not far from our offices in Greenfield. Before finding a home with the PE design team, Christian got his bachelor’s degree in Computer Graphics Technology from Purdue University.

When he is not dreaming up new play equipment, or designing structures for clients, he enjoys spending time with his wife and daughter, playing computer games, and dabbling in 3D modeling. He also plays the drums.
Erin Brown Erin Brown
Manager of Marketing and Communications
Erin joined the company in 2018 as Manager of Marketing and Communications. Prior to joining our team, Erin worked in marketing, non-profit development, and event planning & management.

As head of marketing, her duties include designing marketing materials, planning events and creating content for social media and website use. When she’s not thinking up fun and unique brand marketing strategies, she attends industry conventions all over the country representing PlaygroundEquipment.com.

In her spare time, Erin enjoys reading, camping & hiking, traveling to new places, driving her 79’ VW Beetle and hanging out with her two cats: Kat and Marv.
Richard Russum Richard Russum
Manager of Purchasing & Logistics
Richard has been with the company in various roles since 2013. As Manager of Purchasing and Logistics, his primary focus is ensuring that manufacturer orders are written, tracked, and delivered without issue.

He works tirelessly to manage our supply chain, overseas shipping logistics and ensure that all in-stock items are kept up to date. If there is ever an issue, Richard is our go-to guy!  

Born and raised in Arlington, TX, he worked in the video game industry before finding a home with PlaygroundEquipment.com. In his free time he enjoys spending time with his wife and children, playing video games, working on cars and learning anything he can about science and technology
Eugene Flores Eugene Flores
Warehouse/Design Team Assistant
Eugene joined our growing design team in 2018, taking on the role of Warehouse and Design Team Assistant. His main focus is designing packing lists, and assembly instructions for our growing list of play structures.

He makes sure that every shipment contains detailed instructions, and a comprehensive list of components. Before working in the playground industry, he worked as a carpenter.

After moving to Indianapolis from the Chicago area, he uses his spare time to discover new restaurants, museums, and places to visit.

He also enjoys spending time learning to cook, practicing his tattoo artistry and participating in any exercise or physical activity that gets the blood pumping!
Lacey Jarvis Lacey Jarvis
Administrative & Financial Manager
Lacey has been with the company since 2016 as Administrative & Financial Manager. She works hard each day to ensure that the company finances and office are efficient, organized and running smoothly.

Born and raised in Indianapolis, she spent time working in childcare before joining the PlaygroundEquipment.com family.

In her free time she loves outdoor activities, going out with friends, and spending time with her son, Ryder.
Michael Cripe Michael Cripe
Outbound Shipping Manager
Michael has been with PlaygroundEquipment.com in various roles since 2015.

He is currently the Outbound Shipping Manager, and his primary duty is ensuring that all outbound shipments are properly packaged, with all components accounted for. He also ensures all packages go out in a timely fashion and are sent to the correct location.

In his free time, Michael enjoys spending time outside, playing baseball and hanging out with his dog Finley.
Ashley Jarvis Ashely Jarvis
Dealer Account Manager
Ashley has been with us since 2017 as a Dealer Account Manager. Her main focus is handling all aspects of dealer accounts from helping to answer questions, placing product orders and more.

In her free time she likes to spend time with her husband and two sons Liam and Lucas.

She also likes spending time with friends, and cheering on the Indianapolis Colts and Pacers.