FirstEnergyAll-American Soap Box Derby Countdown

Akron Area Soap Box Derby is a franchisee of All-American Soap Box Derby, Akron, Inc.

President: Jeff Iula
Vice President: Bruce Hunsicker Sr.
Treasurer: Vickie Beck
Secretary: Leigh Rathbun
Local Race Director: Wayne Rathbun

Board Members:
Bill Atchison Joe Bozic
Allan Endres Gary Endres
Andy Getz Jim Good
Lee Gongaware Tammie Gongaware
Edgar (Ed) Harmon John Harmon
Nancy Iula Melanie Long
Angelo Milone Holly Murphy
Tim Probst Ashley Sklack
Dennis Sklack LynnAnn Sklack
Ana Theisen Steve Theisen

Ex-officio Board Members:
Joe Aull


Mission Statement

The Soap Box 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.

Core Vaules and Drivers

• Youth Education and Leadership Development
• Family Engagement and Enrichment
• Honesty, Integrity and Perseverance
• Innovation and Entrepreneurship
• Teamwork and Collaboration
• Mentoring
• Volunteerism
• Commitment to Community

The Derby is the official sanctioning body of Soap Box Derby racing and has exclusive licensing partnerships with more than 100 racing districts throughout world. These racing districts conduct sanctioned Soap Box Derby races throughout the year and qualify champs for the annual FirstEnergy All-American Soap Box Derby® World Championship race at the world famous Derby Downs Track in Akron, Ohio. 

The Derby's Education Program is a fast-growing component of the organization and includes a STEM-Based Curriculum, the Gravity Racing Challenge® STEM Team Competition and a Mini Soap Box Derby program. 

The Derby also operates the world famous Derby Downs Track in Akron, Ohio where events are held throughout the racing season.

The Board of Directors oversees the operation of the Derby, and the day-to-day activities are handled by the Headquarters staff in Akron.