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Steve King, who serves as cofounder and chairman of the board, is a Fellow of the American Society of Landscape Architects (FASLA), a Certified Playground Safety Inspector, and a founding member and past President of IPEMA (International Play Equipment Manufacturers Association). He is the creator of the “continuous play” concept, the topic of Steve's final thesis in the Landscape Architecture program at Iowa State University, which involves combining traditional playground equipment, such as slides, swings and climbing equipment, into an endless stream of activities that stimulate a child’s physical, social and intellectual capabilities.

 
Steve has been chairman of a task group of the American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) that worked with the U.S. Consumer Products Safety Commission (CPSC) to update the ASTM F1487 Specification: a voluntary safety and accessibility standard for public playground equipment designed for children ages 2 to 12. His task group had the added responsibility of developing playground accessibility standards to comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). His company, Landscape Structures, was also the first company to develop new playground events specifically meeting ADA requirements.
 
In 2012, Steve traveled to Zambia, Africa, with Direct Impact Africa (DIA) where he helped plan and design the first-ever playground in the village of Chiawa. He now serves on their board to assist in continuing DIA's efforts of creating sustainable food and income sources, and school improvement and health programs for local communities within Zambia.
Steve King is chairman of the board at Landscape Structures Inc.
Pat Faust has been the president of Landscape Structures since 2009. He oversees strategic operations for the company including sales, marketing, product development and design. Pat began his career with Landscape Structures in 1994, and acted as vice president of operations during which he was responsible for all manufacturing aspects of the business. Pat is a trustee for the Landscape Structures’ ESOP program, and sits on the company’s board of directors. He holds a B.S. in industrial technology/business management from Minnesota State University Moorhead, and earned a MBA in business administration from Capella University.
 
Pat is active in his local Kiwanis International chapter volunteering time to support and create opportunities for community members.
Pat Faust acts as president of Landscape Structures.

Fred Caslavka, CMA, CPA, has been with Landscape Structures since 1991. He serves as the chief financial officer for the company and oversees the risk management, finance, accounting and IT functions. Fred is also a trustee for the company’s ESOP program. Fred holds a bachelor’s degree in accounting, finance and operations management from Drake University and an MBA from the University of St. Thomas.

 

Fred is the board chair of Volunteers of America® - Minnesota, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit health and human service organization that helps children, youth and families gain self-reliance, dignity and hope.  He is also a lean accounting instructor for the Manufacturers Alliance.

Fred Caslavka is Landscape Structures' chief financial officer.

​Karlye Emerson serves as the vice president of corporate strategy and human capital. She has led the human resources team at Landscape Structures since 2001. She is responsible for organizational effectiveness; recruitment, training and development; performance management; compensation and benefits; succession planning; and employee relations. She is also responsible for finding and selecting distribution partners as well as leading the company's corporate planning process.

 

She holds a bachelor’s degree in biology, a master’s in community psychology and an MBA from the University of St. Thomas. Karlye is also a trustee for the company's ESOP program.

Karlye Emerson is the vice president of corporate strategy and human capital at Landscape Structures.
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