Nicole has over 25 years of experience in the playground profession. Her journey started at the University of Utah where she studied park planning. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Park & Recreation Management.
Nicole is perceptive to the needs of our customers and nurtures those relationships while assisting in the everyday operations of LuckyDog. As one of the LDR founders, her vision and commitment to making LDR an outstanding company does not go without recognition from our suppliers, vendors, and competitors alike!
Rhetta met the LuckyDog team while building playgrounds in her community, forging an immediate friendship and passion for play. Her background and knowledge of construction, understanding of government work, and working within playground safety has made her a unique addition to the LuckyDog team. She oversees all Utah sales and playground designs, driving out to meet with customers directly and seeing job sites in person which makes jobs flow easier. She’s on the site from start to finish, making sure your project receives full attention to detail. A recent Utah project was just awarded the Playground of the Year by Berliner – the manufacturer of stunning quality rope-play equipment, and the Utah team has received multiple awards for their focus and determination!
Leslie grew up around playground construction most of her life. As a kid, every family vacation was bookended by a playground installation. Leslie joined the LuckyDog Team in 2019 and was awarded Playcraft’s New Consultant of the Year award for exceeding sales expectations for the state of Idaho. Leslie continues to capture more market share than any of our competitors in Idaho. She manages all Idaho sales, customer relations, and playground designs. Before joining the LuckyDog team, Leslie was the brand expansion manager handling online and viral marketing for a national health food brand. Many of her customers are the lucky recipients of Leslie’s delectable healthy treats and heart felt gifts.
Few people nationwide have the depth and breadth of CJ's experience. As the Owner, Construction Manager, and Utah’s Project Manager, CJ brings his 20+ years experience to bear on projects that require unique skills such as building on slope and working around natural structures like existing trees. If you can imagine it, CJ is the man that can take your plan on paper and bring it to reality at your site.
As a Certified Playground Safety Inspector and Certified Installer of PlayCraft Systems and Berliner Playgrounds, both manufacturers rely on CJ’s feedback and expertise in the field to improve their products and to assist in the education of other certified installers nationwide.
James is the LuckyDog Installation foreman in Utah. He has been with LuckyDog Recreation for over 5 years and is a Certified Playground Safety Inspector. LuckyDog’s secret sauce is James and his installation team.
James willingly works in all kinds of conditions, whether is Utah’s extreme heat in summer or extreme cold in winter, no matter the site challanges, from the river-bed rock of Cache County up North, to the caliche shelf rock in Washington County down south, James is an experienced installer of playground equipment from Playcraft and Berliner, shelters from Coverworx and Custom Canopies, Dog Parks from Dog-On-It . . .the list goes on and on.
Jon is the LuckyDog Installation Foreman for Idaho and Wyoming. He has a background in construction, operating heavy equipment, and landscaping. Jon grew up in Cheyenne and went to work for LuckyDog moving hundreds of yards of wood surfacing on a 10-school project. Once complete he joined the team full-time and willingly made the big move to Idaho where he and his family now call Nampa, Idaho home. Jon and his installation crew still travel to build playgrounds where the weather is unpredictable, the wild west of Wyoming where he recently built a playground in a blizzard even in May. Jon makes safety of the public and his installation team top priority.
Nick is hardworking and dedicated to safety and efficiency on the jobsite. He gets the intricate parts of a project finished to the highest of precision. Nick can finesse and figure out unique ways to tackle complicated components like a tri-sail shade some 20 feet in the air, for example. If you need it done right and to “look beautiful” too, Nick is your man. During the busy season (which seems to last longer and longer each year) Nick willingly works long hours, breaks out to a 3rd crew when needed...anything to bring playgrounds to life. He’s a get-it-done guy LuckyDog can’t do without.
The newest member of the LuckyDog team is Jesse Miller. Jesse grew up in the inner city of Denver and recently moved to Idaho. He loves the open spaces and can dig a hole that meets even LuckyDog’s highest standards. Super reliable and still only a kid, (under 20 years old) LuckyDog Recreation is lucky to have Jesse on the Idaho installation crew. We appreciate his eagerness to learn and grow as an individual. He is a great asset to our team!
Lynette has been with LuckyDog since its inception in 2011. If it gets done right, it’s because Lynette trained the people doing it. Lynette oversees all LuckyDog’s office operations; from processing all orders, to supporting sales teams in all three states we serve. Her attention to detail and customer service skills have earned her the pet name of “Hawk-Eye”. She can find a typo in a document or an error in an excel formula like no one else can.
Need a fix on your computer? We rely on Lynette for that too. And, ask anyone, and they will say of Lynette, “She always answers the phone with a smile and makes you feel valued”. Thanks Lynette, we couldn’t do what we do without you!
Jordyn Worked for LuckyDog for 9 years after working in childcare for years. She has a love for children and seeing their imagination thrive in a playground setting. She loves working with family and the ability to have her three young children helping their dad at the jobsite. Jordyn is a huge asset to our team as our Distribution Manager for Utah. She makes sure annual updates, catalogs, and other mailings get out the door on time. Jordyn is also our Social Media Coordinator and does an excellent job posting and sharing about LDR online.
Before coming to work for LuckyDog Recreation Kathy was a LuckyDog customer; ordering playgrounds through her previous job working in the Parks & Rec department of an Idaho town. When an opening for a bookkeeper became available at LuckyDog, it was a match made in heaven. As LuckyDog’s bookkeeper, she works closely with our vendors, subcontractors, customers, and employees. Thank goodness she’s a people person. Kathy always has a smile and is willing to go the extra mile to serve both our customers and her co-workers.
Chandler brings his extensive customer service and organizational skills to the Utah sales office, and is a multi-tasking whiz! He works diligently to provide excellent communication with our customers, supplying quotes, working on bids, and chasing freight. He’s social and enjoys getting to know our suppliers, customers, and contractors over the phone and through email. Although new to the world of playgrounds and construction he loves working on designs and concepts and watching all the hard work turn into actual playgrounds and parks. He’s an avid sports fan so give him a call and let him know your favorite team!
If you call the Idaho office, chances are you have had the privilege of speaking to Monica, a happy healthy service-oriented bid assistant that upholds the LuckyDog reputation to its highest standards. She runs the new Nampa, ID office with a great never-say-never attitude and her tasks include freight, warranties, and daily operations. Previously, Monica worked with children in the Idaho school system; children are her passion. You can tell she is an Idaho native because of her friendly demeanor!