CVSR Names Mazur as Next President

Just as was the case with his predecessor, the new president of the Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad comes from a world of wheels.

CVSRBut whereas retired CVSR head Craig B. Tallman had been an executive with a trucking company, his replacement, Joe Mazur, comes from much smaller and non-motorized vehicles.

Mazur is the president of the International Soap Box Derby in Akron and will assume the post of head of the CVSR on March 21.

The 51-year-old Mazur will leave the Soap Box Derby and won’t have to go far to see a CVSR train in action.

He lives in a log cabin less than 2 miles from the CVSR tracks. His affinity for the Cuyahoga Valley National Park was enough to pull him away from a job with the Soap Box Derby that he enjoyed.

“To be able to live and work in the park is a dream,” Mazur told the Akron Beacon Journal. “The national park is one of the greatest treasures of Northeast Ohio.”

Railroad board Chairman Ray Labuda said that Mazur’s mix of nonprofit and private sector experience was attractive.

At one point in his career Mazur worked at Thistle­down Racetrack in North Randall, where he served as assistant controller.

His background also has included a post at SMG, a Pennsylvania company that manages sports facilities and arenas around the world, and as finance director for Cleveland State University’s Wolstein Center among other positions.

Mazur told the Beacon Journal that he had lunch with Tallman five years ago and expressed a fascination with running the railroad because it is a rolling events venue.

When Tallman retired at the end of 2016, Mazur decided to consider the position. He said he looks forward to working with railroad and park staff as well as raising money.

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