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Thank You Thursday - Dave Lieberth 03.09.2017 Akron’s Dave Lieberth has accumulated a wide range of official titles over his professional life of more than 40 years: news reporter, attorney, mayor’s chief of staff, deputy mayor, civic leader, author, historian, event planner, communications consultant. In each, he has proven to be the “go to” guy to get things done. And, a true friend of the Soap Box Derby.
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International Soap Box Derby Seeks President & CEO 03.03.2017 The International Soap Box Derby, Inc. is searching for an experienced leader to join our nonprofit organization in the role of President & CEO. The Derby is an international nonprofit organization whose mission is to build knowledge and character, and to create meaningful experiences through collaboration and fair and honest competition. Read More Thank You Thursday - Corbin Bernsen 03.02.2017 In September, 2009, while traveling on a plane, veteran actor Corbin Bernsen ("Psych," Major League," "L.A. Law") noticed a story in USA TODAY detailing the financial problems of the All-American Soap Box Derby.
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Thank You Thursday - Danny Hughes 02.23.2017 Did you know the first Nike shoes were made inside a waffle iron? Bill Bowerman, co-founder of Nike, and his wife were making waffles for breakfast: It sparked an idea for a grooved pattern on the sole of trainers to help athletes grip running tracks. It spawned the “Nike Waffle Trainer,” patented in 1974.

Did you know the first Soap Box Derby mini car shell was made in the oven of a Derby volunteer in Columbus, Ohio?
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Joe Mazur Stepping Down As President And CEO Of The International Soap Box Derby 02.23.2017 Joe Mazur is stepping down as President/CEO of International Soap Box Derby, Inc. to take on the same role at the Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad. Mazur will remain with the Derby organization until Friday, March 10. Following Mazur’s departure current Derby Vice President Bobby Dinkins will oversee day-to-day operations as the Derby Board conducts its search for a permanent successor. The CEO search process is currently under way. Read More Thank You Thursday - AAA Akron Auto Club 02.16.2017 AAA Akron Auto Club is the longest tenured sponsor of the International Soap Box Derby, Inc.

The Club supports the FirstEnergy All-American Soap Box Derby World Championship race and the Derby’s STEM-Based Education Program.
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Derby Spotlight - Rachael Samm 02.14.2017 Soap Box Derby racing was always a part of Rachael Samm’s life growing up. Not only was she passionate about racing, but she had a talent for it as well. Rachael, her parents, and her two sisters found a common interest in the sport, forming a bond through the family time spent together – one of Rachael’s fondest memories about racing. Being involved in the Soap Box Derby has in many ways, shaped Rachael into the person she is today. Not only did it build valuable personal relationships, but helped educate and lead her to a career in engineering Read More Thank You Thursday - Dave Hubbell 02.09.2017 "Jack of all trades, master of none" is a figure of speech used in reference to a person that is competent with many skills, but no particular one.

In Dave Hubbell’s case you could say, “Jack of all trades, master of all.”
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Thank You Thursday - Pilot Flying J 02.02.2017 Beginning in 2013 the greatest gravity racers in the world have been starting their trek down the world famous Derby Downs track in Akron, Ohio, from the Pilot Flying J starting gate. Racers from around the world reach speeds of 30 mph while piloting their Soap Box Derby cars down the 989-foot track in hopes of becoming World Champion at the annual FirstEnergy All-American Soap Box Derby. Read More Thank You Thursday - Former Summit County Executive Russ Pry and the County of Summit, Ohio 01.26.2017 In June of 2010 the International Soap Box Derby’s Board of Directors asked the County of Summit to examine its finances as a way to boost the Derby’s credibility while it attempted to raise needed cash to survive. Seven months earlier it was announced that the Derby was near financial collapse when it did not have the resources to pay down a $600,000 loan. Read More