U. “Rick” Henke, founder and president of Goric Marketing Group USA, Inc., has been dedicated to providing children with the most innovative play equipment for the past 30 years. He is still a key figure in developing exciting and challenging play spaces accommodating children to freely grow and develop physically, emotionally, socially and intellectually.
Pioneering the design of accessible outdoor play equipment for children of any ability, Rick was one of the creators of integrated playscapes. The founder and owner of Children’s Playgrounds Inc., he was instrumental in developing safety standards and guidelines for public playgrounds in Canada (CSA). In 1994, he introduced and promoted cable net structures to the commercial U.S. playgrounds market which are now considered mainstream. He continues to bring ideas and designs from the European playground industry and integrate them into the North American market.
Rick has an engineering background and vast knowledge of American and Canadian standards. His compassion for children’s needs, his connection to European play equipment manufacturers, along with the support of great sales consultants and designers form the foundation of Goric’s success story.