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Thank You Thursday - Taylor Made Jewelry

Jim TaylorJim Taylor

Taylor Made Logo One Color

Since 2014 Taylor Made Jewelry in Akron, Ohio has been the official ring supplier of the FirstEnergy All-American Soap Box Derby.

Each year six Soap Box Derby World Champions receive rings from Taylor Made Jewelry for winning the Greatest Amateur Racing Event In The World®. The gold rings feature the FirstEnergy All-American Soap Box Derby logo on the face along with the words “World Champ.” On one side in raised lettering is the year of the race and the other features the most famous flag in racing - the black and white checkered flag.  

“We’re really fortunate to have partners like Taylor Made Jewelry,” said Derby President & CEO Joe Mazur. “Jim (Taylor) has a passion for this community and is really invested in it. He’s been a great supporter of our efforts here at the Derby.”

Jim Taylor, owner of Taylor Made Jewelry, grew up in Tallmadge, Ohio and is a national award winning artist. In 1983 after attending Kent State he began his career for one of the largest jewelry companies in the country. Jim began designing jewelry in his home in 1987. In February of 1991, as his design business grew, Taylor Made Jewelry was established. Taylor Made Jewelry has been voted the best jewelry store in the Akron Area several times. This is largely due to Jim Taylor’s passion for design, quality craftsmanship, attention to detail and excellent staff.

The Derby would like to say THANK YOU to Taylor Made Jewelry for helping us continue our mission of building knowledge and character, and creating meaningful experiences through collaboration and fair and honest competition.

This is the 14th installment of our weekly “Thank You Thursday” feature. Each week we will offer a heartfelt “Thank You” to a corporation, civic or community leader, volunteer, foundation or an individual who has helped us continue our mission.
To view previous features please click below.

Final Ring 2014
Winners of the FirstEnergy All-American Soap Box Derby are awarded championship rings from Taylor Made Jewelry in Akron, Ohio. 

Jim Taylor Mayors CupJim Taylor, owner of Taylor Made Jewelry, in his custom decorated Soap Box Derby car at the 2016 Mayors Cup Race at Derby Downs in Akron, Ohio. 

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Thursday, November 3, 2016 - Myers Industries
Thursday, November 10, 2016 - Outgoing Board Members
Thursday, November 17, 2016 - New Board Members
Thursday. November 24, 2016 - Volunteers
Thursday, December 1, 2016 - Dairy Queen 
Thursday, December 8, 2016 - Curriculum Funders

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