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About Us | Family Owned & Operated | Meet our Team Members

Name: Nicole Zizos Gulledge
Title: Owner (Sales, Marketing, Administration)
Career Overview:  I started my career in New Home Sales in the late 1980’s.  In 2001, when our son was young, we opened “Woodplay of Tampa” offering residential playsets, trampolines and basketball hoops to families with children. Ten years later, as the business grew, we moved from our original location in North Tampa to our new Indoor Store Location, just north of the BUCS Stadium. Our store and warehouse are now combined and we have grown from selling in West Central Florida to now helping families throughout the entire State of Florida.Where were you born and raised? Born in Hinsdale, IL and raised in Cleveland Heights, Ohio. I moved to Tampa, FL in 1982 to attend USF.
Hobbies:  A have a big interest in Greek  Genealogy & DNA. My mother’s roots are from Smyrna, Asia Minor. My father’s roots are from Galaxidi, Greece. I enjoy helping others find their family roots by building their family tree and assisting them in understanding their DNA results. They call me a “Greek Search Angel”. 
Most fun thing you like to do with your family or children:  I enjoy boating, collecting seashells on the beach, reading, family time and relaxing on our porch.  
What do you like most about your job / working at Playground King:  I love meeting families and helping them select the perfect Rainbow Play System for their family. This involves helping them decide which fun accessories, swings and add-ons they would like to have on their playset, ensuring it fits nicely in their yard, meets the needs of their children at their current age and ensuring that their selection fits perfectly in their budget.
What do you want to be when you grow up?  One day, when I grow up and retire, I want to be a “Sea Turtle Lady”, one who walks the beach and flags new turtle nests.

Name: Jason Gulledge
Title: 
Owner (Service Manager, Logistics, Administrator)
Career Overview:  After college I worked in the sports industry in promotions and marketing with a number of NBA, NHL, NFL and MLB teams. While this was fun and energetic for the youthful me, the time had come to settle down and work locally. Living in Tampa, we decided to open a business catering to children. In 2001, we opened Woodplay of Tampa, which became Playground King as we acquired the State of Florida for Rainbow Play Systems. 
Where were you born and raised? I was born in Grand Rapids, MI. I was raised in South Carolina and Grand Rapids, Michigan.  Sports were a big part of my youth and I believe in outdoor activity.
Hobbies:  Boating, fishing, camping and exploring the State of Florida with my wife… especially when on vacation with the family in the Florida Keys!
What do you like most about your job / working at Playground King:  Hearing the chidlren get excited when they "test-play" all the cool displays in the showroom, and when we receive an email telling us how much they are enjoying their backyard now that they have a new Playset, Trampoline or Basketball Hoop!
What do you want to be when you grow up?  Growing old is mandatory, growing up is optional. 

Name: Tammy Stricker
Title: 
Playground Sales Specialist, Tampa Store
Career Overview:  I started with Playground King (Woodplay) approximately 15 years ago, I made a change approximately 4 years ago to work less hours and closer to  home in Admin to raise my children and now am back doing what I love, offering the best quality playsets to awesome families. I love to see and hear the smiles and laughter as the children play and select their very own playset for their own back yard in our showroom. It is very rewarding.  
Where were you born and raised? Florida
Hobbies:  My children, Love being a Nana to my 2 beautiful grandchildren, rescue and trail ride horses, boating and fishing with my family.
Most fun thing you like to do with your family or children: Boating, horseback riding and just hanging with the family.

What do you like most about your job / working at Playground King:  I love to meet families and assist in selecting the perfect playset for their family and their yard. I love to see the smiles and hear the laughter as children help pick their very own playset. I personally have had a playset in my own yard for many years for my children and now for my grandchildren. I know how many special memories we have created on ours and love to help customers have the same.
What do you want to be when you grow up?  I would like to continue to help rescue and rehabilitate horses. Horses are magical and was sent from above! 

Name: Ronald Pagano
Title: Playground Sales Specialist, Ocala Store
Career Overview:  I have worked in the construction industry, culinary arts, business management and am glad to finally found my forever job with Playground King.
Where were you born and raised? I was born in Providence, RI and raised in Barrington, RI.
Hobbies:  Anything to do with the arts, painting, music, fishing, boating, motorcycles with my family.
Most fun thing you like to do with your family or children: Fishing and arts & crafts with my family.
What do you like most about your job / working at Playground King:  I love that my job allows me to be creative in assisting each family in selecting the perfect playset for thier family. And, the excitement of the future memories for their own family to enjoy for years to come.
What do you want to be when you grow up?  I never want to grow up, but if I did, I would want to be an artist and craftsman selling my wares to people who see the uniqueness of my creativity! 

Name: Jake Gulledge
Title: Part-time Installer Assistant

Career Overview:  I’ve watched my Dad and Mom work endless hours growing their playground business. When I was little, I would come to the store after school and “play” and do my homework until it was time to go home.  As the years went on, I would help my Dad in the warehouse, install the rocks on the rock walls and go to customer’s homes with my dad to perform service calls. Currently, I am a college student in Tampa, FL.
Where were you born and raised?  I was born in Ft Myers and raised Tampa, FL.
Hobbies:  Fishing, boating and golf.  
Most fun thing you like to do with your family: Boating, annual family vacation in the Florida Keys.
What do you like most about your job / working at Playground King:  Learning the Playground business.

What do you want to be when you grow up?  CEO  ;-)

 

 

The History of Playground King...

     

It looks like 8-year-old Jake Gulledge of Tampa may have a bright future as a business consultant. His parents, Nicole Zizos Gulledge and Jason Gulledge, have him to thank for their venture, a store offering safe, high-quality outdoor home playground equipment.

Both parents were looking for a change after successful business careers - Nicole in real estate, Jason in sports entertainment and game operations. Having a toddler son got them thinking of children's play equipment, which resonated with Nicole's New-Home Sales background as well as with Jason's skills as a do-it-yourself handyman. The result: Woodplay of Tampa Bay, Inc., which celebrated its grand opening on March 31, 2001.

The Indoor Showroom & Retail Store, which is located at 3744 W. Lambright St., sells several dozen different Playsets, Playhouses, Hideouts, Castles, Pirate Ship, Clubhouses and Swingsets, all made of high-quality 100% Cedar, and also carries a full line of Trampolines, Basketball Hoops, Play Homes, Rubber Mulch (recycled tires) a safety surfacing for under the playset for under the playsets. Nicole oversees sales, marketing and administration, with Jason in charge of delivery, installation, customer service, and warehousing.

The Gulledges' entrepreneurial spirit is backed up by impressive business backgrounds. Nicole has been one of the Tampa area's top real-estate figures for 17 years, most recently as director of sales and marketing for a top homebuilder. Jason - a rabid sports fan who serves as the Pirate mascot for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers - is the owner of Edge Marketing, which consults for such teams as the NHL's Columbus Blue Jackets and Tampa Bay Lightning.

"The Tampa area is the perfect place for our kind of store," says Jason. "The climate allows for year-round outdoor play, there are plenty of families with children, and people who are hungry for quality playground equipment with eye-appeal that's safe for children, built to last and fun to use."
 
In January of 2016, Woodplay of Tampa Bay, Inc. became Playground King, Inc. Playground King now offers Rainbow Play Systems a wide variety of residential playsets, swing sets.  Rainbow Play Systems playsets are made from 100% Cedar and include a Lifetime Warranty.  Rainbow also offers a unique line of Special Order Playsets and Commerical Playground Equipment.  If you have any questions regarding why we changed manufacturers, please contact Nicole Zizos Gulledge at 813-875-5500.
 
           
 
To contact Jason & Nicole Gulledge, you can call Playground King at (813) 875-5500, email them at info@playgroundking.com or go to the Playground King website at www.playgroundking.com
This is a story about the Gulledge family from Entrepreneur Magazine.