Cedar Fair announces organizational changes

Posted Monday, February 14, 2005 8:13 PM | Contributed by Gemini

Cedar Fair, L.P. today announced several organizational changes within the Partnership, including the promotions of Jack Falfas to chief operating officer and Wayne Olcott to corporate vice president of accommodations. The Partnership also announced the upcoming retirement of Dan Keller, vice president and general manager of Cedar Point.

Read the press release on PointBuzz.

Link: PointBuzz

Monday, February 14, 2005 8:36 PM
Huh. Interesting. So does this mean Knott's Berry Farm is getting a new manager?
Monday, February 14, 2005 8:43 PM
Good news - since I've found out who the guy is and the directions he's lead the park, I think it's a good thing he's out of there before CP really starts to hit a skid.
Monday, February 14, 2005 9:08 PM
Ride of Steel's avatar That Dan Keller guy isn't that old is he? Then again Gms make alot of $$
Monday, February 14, 2005 9:23 PM
*sigh* This almost guarantees Larry Mackenzie is gone from VF.
Monday, February 14, 2005 9:52 PM
Jeff's avatar You think? How has VF been, in your opinion, under his watch?

Looking around the company, John Hildebrandt just got to Dorney, so I can't imagine him coming back. None of the other GM's I can think of have had a long tenure at the other parks either. Internally at CP, none of the VP's I can think of would be a good fit other than perhaps Olcott, and he's obviously in his new position.

Like I said on PB, I think there has been a negative culture change at the park under Keller's watch, so I'm not particularly down on this move. I think his replacement needs to be hands on and be a bit of a cheerleader that mingles out among the common folk. Miears did that, and even though people didn't always agree with him, he seemed to garner a lot more respect.

Tuesday, February 15, 2005 6:00 AM

I think you've hit the nail right on the head. The new GM should be a person who is out there amongst the people. Like I said over at PB, I'm pretty sure the new GM is already at CP and, when you take your comment into consideration, won't exactly be "out of left field".

Tuesday, February 15, 2005 9:34 AM
Jeff's avatar The more I think about it, the more I think that Monty Jasper would be a good candidate. As VP of maintenance and construction, he already has significant fiscal responsibility, and he obviously knows operations. He might not be as strong in marketing, foods and merchandise, but those areas are run by very capable people.
Tuesday, February 15, 2005 10:39 AM
Jeff, I don't do a lot of hanging out with employees...but the ones that I speak to on occasion sang his praises.

On the plus side, he accomplished a lot with common-sense rule changes and fiscal control. Among the negatives: CS-MOA's loss during his watch, VF's brochure reading more and more like a legal document and the total ban of on-ride pics--tho it's hard to tell where his hand stops and corporate begins.

He didn't seem to be the biggest fan of the waterpark; while it appeared in the ads more often, the hours were subject to cuts without warning if they wanted to crank up the in-park spending.

My highest hopes for a successor? A plan to relocate WWC's 6 fiberglass slides to undeveloped land a la GL with a Koala Play area. Then a Tornado. Then a wavepool.

*** This post was edited by CoastaPlaya 2/15/2005 10:39:51 AM ***

Tuesday, February 15, 2005 10:42 AM
Change is rarely bad in such a well-run company, as there are many qualified people who will have a new passion for their jobs and bring in new Ideas. I do hate to hear all the negatives about Dan Keller, as he is one of the friendliest people I have ever met. With that said, I'm sure there is some truth to what is being said about him.

Tuesday, February 15, 2005 10:58 AM
Mamoosh's avatar I can't remember a visit to Knotts where I didn't see Falfas in the park talking to employees, guests...heck, even picking up trash! He's a great guy IMHO....he'll be missed out here.
Tuesday, February 15, 2005 1:14 PM
janfrederick's avatar Moosh, you should apply as his new replacement. I'm sure the ads will be up on Monster soon. ;)*** This post was edited by janfrederick 2/15/2005 1:14:17 PM ***
Tuesday, February 15, 2005 1:38 PM
FUN stock is up $1.26 right now. They should have some organizational changes more often ;)
Tuesday, February 15, 2005 2:38 PM
I think that says a lot #1 about what people's perception of Keller is and #2 what people's perception of Falfas is.
Tuesday, February 15, 2005 4:11 PM
Fun's avatar With Falfas' promotion, it becomes more apparent that he is line to be the sucessor to Kinzel.
Tuesday, February 15, 2005 6:34 PM
Stock finished up 1.47 :) :) :)
Tuesday, February 15, 2005 11:01 PM
Yeah, it's a great swing. Add in the fact that today was the dividend distribution, and it was a good day for my portfolio. :)
Wednesday, February 16, 2005 1:39 AM
Jeff's avatar What are you talking about? That's the most ridiculous and baseless opinion I've seen. They didn't buy the park to sell it, and the effort to turn it around is hardly something one guy came up with.
Wednesday, February 16, 2005 9:19 AM
Jeff, who are you responding to? I am confused (more than usual)...
Wednesday, February 16, 2005 10:15 AM
Jeff's avatar More on Falfas and his career in The OC Register (requires registration).

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