Cedar Fair announces election of new directors

Posted Monday, January 6, 2003 4:08 AM | Contributed by supermandl

Cedar Fair has announced that its general partner, Cedar Fair Management Company, has elected seven directors to serve effective January 1, 2003. The directors are: Richard L. Kinzel, Richard S. Ferreira, Bruce A. Jackson, Michael D. Kwiatkowski, Thomas A. Tracy, and two new members, Steven H. Tishman and David L. Paradeau.

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Monday, January 6, 2003 8:03 AM
You have to wonder what the 'new perspective' will bring us...more capital for the smaller parks? Less? More family-friendly coasters? Business as usual?

It goes without saying that I'm glad to see another Minnesotan on the board (David Paradeau) because I can't help but imagine a 'yes' vote for my local park's cap plans.

I just wanna wavepool...is that so wrong?


The CPlaya 100--6 days, 9 parks, 47 coasters, 2037 miles and a winner.....LoCoSuMo. *** This post was edited by CoastaPlaya on 1/6/2003. ***

Monday, January 6, 2003 8:36 AM
I am a little surprised by some of the one's not invited to return. Mary Ann Jorgensen had been on the board for many years. I wonder if there were some undercurrents Mr. Kinzel didn't care for?
Monday, January 6, 2003 9:55 AM
Maybe they will start serving dinner on the Minnesota River Valley Railroad. *** This post was edited by valleyfair!guy on 1/6/2003. ***
Monday, January 6, 2003 11:06 AM
Board of directors 'new perspective'. I am a Accounting Computer Information Systems major. I know a little about BOD. They don't run the company. The management says we want to build a coaster at Valleyfair. Then the BOD says yes or no, really don't have much say otherwise. I don't think that will really bring new ideas to the company. That is why they have 'Cheif's'
Monday, January 6, 2003 11:14 AM
I was wondering the same thing wahoo. I thought that she still represented the interest of the Munger family, and was going to be on the board for the long haul.

It is a bit sad to see her go, I do know that she was a strong voice for entertainment (other than coasters) in the parks, and with the loss of her and Mr. Miears things could get even more bleak for the entertainment divisions.

Monday, January 6, 2003 12:10 PM
"That is why they have 'Cheif's'" Are these the people that cook for BOD?
Monday, January 6, 2003 2:05 PM

Actually, Vernon, the Board of Directors do run a company. They make all of the major decisions. I don't think management wouldn't say "we want a new coaster". That isn't their decision.

The top 3 all time cobrarolls.

2)Deja Vu's (times 3)
3)Batman Knight Flight's

If it ain't broken, don't fix it.

Tuesday, January 7, 2003 3:41 AM
It depends on the company. In the case of Cedar Fair, I don't think the Board of Directors is all that involved in the ongoing operations. I think if Kinzel and the gang feel they want to take a certain direction that is the direction they take.
Tuesday, January 7, 2003 11:35 AM


I wouldn't say that, as we really don't have a clue how decisions are made. Kinzel is the one in front of the cameras and in the press releases because that's his job. My understanding is that the GMs of the Cedar Fair parks/properties have say in day to day operations whereas the board and Kinzel has say in Capital Expenditures, park budgets, etc.

0-60mph+ in 2.5

Tuesday, January 7, 2003 3:16 PM
Hopefully, with the new directors, they will have enough common sense to put in a B&M inverted coaster in ValleyFair! like the one in Dorney Park! Or they could even put in Batman The Ride Clone and I would be happy. Much more happy than Steel Venom. One impulse coaster is another impulse coaster. And adding the impulse coaster will really not help ValleyFair! too much with attendance because unless they have something really amazing, no one is going to make a trip to Minnesota to go to ValleyFair!. And you "FEEL THE STRIKE" steel venom is exactly like all the other inmpulse coasters at Six Flags parks. The least that Cedar Fair could have done was put a clone of Wicked Twister in, after all, the picture of Steel Venom at ValleyFair.com (below), is the picture of Wicked Twister because that power tower has four towers and there aren't many power towers with four towers so... It also wouldn't be a bad idea to put in an Intamin/B&M stand up coaster or a B&M steel twister coaster with like eight inversions and make it so Minnesotans can ride a coaster with eight inversions other than in Port Aventura, Spain. Something to give the park something, other than the "It's Just For Fun!" add. Hard core thrill in my opinion!
Tuesday, January 7, 2003 5:05 PM
"And adding the impulse coaster will really not help ValleyFair! too much with attendance because unless they have something really amazing, no one is going to make a trip to Minnesota to go to ValleyFair!."

Sure it will, because the GP doesn't know the difference between an Impulse and an Invert. They also don't know that there is one just like it located 6-7 hours away. VF is trying to draw the people who live in the area that only go to the park every couple years. These same people usually tend to spend more money than your regular enthusiast/season pass holder(ex. food, games, etc.).

I too was disappointed when they announced SV, but it's better than nothing. Maybe just maybe, next time they will get the B&M that we've been hoping for. The idea of CostaPlaya's Wave Pool is also growing on me.

Wednesday, January 8, 2003 7:10 PM

coasterMNguy, feel free to not ride Steel Venom, I for one won't mind the shorter wait in line.

0-60mph+ in 2.5


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