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Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad Gets a New CEO

More than 185,000 people rode the Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad in 2015.
More than 185,000 people rode the Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad in 2015.

The Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad has a new CEO. Joe Mazur accepted the job after six years as president and CEO of the International Soap Box Derby in Akron.

Mazur says he wants to add a train car with activities for children and specialty cars to accommodate the scenic railroad’s weekend crowd.

“My wife and I, we were on the breakfast train on Saturday, and it was sold out. It was sold out for brunch, it was sold out for lunch, and their dinners sell out. There’s a lot of people that, beyond sitting on a train and catching the scenery, want some interactive things to do."

Mazur holds a degree in accounting, but has spent most of his career in management. He’s held leadership positions at convention centers and arenas throughout the Midwest, including the Wolstein Center in Cleveland.

Mazur will take over as head of the railroad at the end of March.

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Phil DeOliveira
Philip de Oliveira is a master’s student in Kent State University’s School of Journalism and Mass Communication (JMC). Prior to pursuing journalism, he took a bachelor’s degree in music composition and piano. He also spent some time traveling Northern Africa, Europe and the Middle East. Phil currently lives in Cleveland Heights.