Soap Box Derby president to speak June 7

All-American Soap Box Derby President and Chief Executive Officer Joe Mazur will talk about the gravity race’s 75th anniversary at the Akron Press Club’s luncheon on Thursday, June 7, at the University of Akron’s Martin Center. There will be the opportunity for questions following the speech.
Mazur became the Derby’s top officer in March 2011. “There is a strong future for this organization,” Mazur said when he took the job.
Mazur worked at Thistledown Racetrack (where his father trained horses), becoming assistant controller. He joined SMG, a Pennsylvania-based company that manages sports facilities and arenas, in 1996 as director of finance for the Cleveland State University’s Wolstein Center. He moved to operations management in 2000 as the general manager of the Wolstein Center and was named senior general manager in 2006 and regional vice president of SMG in 2007.
Mazur, who lives in Richfield with his wife, Debbie, has a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Kent State University.

Speaker: Joe Mazur, All-American Soap Box Derby president and CEO.
Time: Buffet luncheon begins at 11:45 a.m., Thursday, June 7. Program follows.
Place: Martin University Center, 105 Fir Hill, University of Akron campus.
Cost: $15 for Press Club members, $20 for non-members.
Reservations requested: Online at Call 330-564-4211 E-mail
Reservation deadline: Noon, Tuesday, June 5.

The Akron Press Club was founded in 1971 to promote a free press and serve local journalists and public relations professionals. The group has a rich heritage of offering newsmakers a forum to discuss issues of the day at Press Club luncheons and speaking events that are open to the public. The club also funds scholarships for journalists and public relations students and sponsors annual fundraising and community outreach events. Visit for membership information.