Bill Blansett


Born on Friday the 13th to the Queen of Fun and an Einstein look-alike, Bill Blansett was destined for a life of energetic playfulness. With Bill, hiking trails lead to unknown mysteries, mornings start with underpants dancing, and a single image can illuminate an entire life story.

As the Chief Adventure Finder at a Playful Place, Bill is responsible for spreading the joy of play through the surprises, magical moments, thrills, and stories of day-to-day life. Uniquely skilled in the art of joy-sharing and compassionate connecting, Bill brings a wealth of experience and excitement to the organization.

Professional positions held by Bill include wedding DJ, radio and sports team mascots, Wienermobile Hotdogger, mechanical bull operator, instructional designer, IT analyst, as well as leadership as the Director of Advisor Experience. Through these positions, Bill has learned how to quickly connect with colleagues and leaders and was recognized for his quiet confidence, calm demeanor, and creative spirit. Equally comfortable in cross-functional executive meetings or one-on-one with customers, Bill thrives on efficient decision making enabled by open communication and playful spaces.

Born in the Pittsburgh, PA area, Bill spent his childhood in the outdoors riding his bicycle and playing explorer on the family’s property. After graduating from Penn State University, Bill lived in Madison, WI for 10 years where he continued biking, expressing his adventurous spirit through photography, pondering ways to share joy, and enjoying the daily parade of life. He has also spent considerable amounts of time in Sacramento, Phoenix, Baltimore, Boston, and Hartford completing work assignments in each location. Bill currently considers Chicago his home where he lives in elation with his person, Justin, their chimpanzee, Oscar, and two otters, Arthur and Joseph.