Judge says former Cedar Fair COO Jack Falfas entitled to pay, not job

Posted Sunday, February 26, 2012 10:17 PM | Contributed by Jeff

A judge has decided Jacob “Jack” Falfas, the former No. 2 executive at Cedar Fair, will not get his job back. Still, Erie County Common Pleas Court Judge Roger Binette awarded Cedar Fair’s former chief operating officer the remaining pay he’s entitled to under contract. Falfas either quit, or was fired, depending on the testimony you believe, in June 2010 in a dispute with former CEO Dick Kinzel.

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Sunday, February 26, 2012 10:50 PM

Two things:

I'm glad Falfas gets the money owed and I believe he was let go of unfairly.

I'm glad that he isn't getting the job back. There. I said it. He seems like a great guy, but I'm happy that Oimet is where he is and I'm glad he'll be able to rid CFEC of the remains of Dick.

Obviously just my opinions.

Sunday, February 26, 2012 11:01 PM

Yeah, the whole situation sucks for Falfas, but there's no question in my mind that getting Ouimet in that corner office is the best thing that has happened to Cedar Fair in the last decade.

Sunday, February 26, 2012 11:07 PM

I'm interested to see any changes he will bring.

Ouimet = we met. Finally heard it.

Sunday, February 26, 2012 11:11 PM

Disneyland is still benefitting from his tenure, and I can only hope that he's able to do likewise for Cedar Fair.

Monday, February 27, 2012 8:43 AM

I agree that it sucks for Falfas. But, if a bad decision awarded me somewhere between 2 and 4 million dollars I think I would be able to sleep at night. And, I understand he is doing fine now in the consulting world.

This is another blemish on an old man who stayed too long and the Board of Directors who let him. When you start adding up the costs of of Dick's bad decisions the numbers are getting up there.

Falfas is a good guy. Cedar Point was in his blood. Be that as it may, he stood by for a lot of years while Kinzel was making those bad decisions and I think most inside the company and even those who had some connections on the outside would agree that Kinzel should have been challenged more often.

This is one more step to closing the book on the Kinzel years. Work remains. He needs to be off the Board and at least one GM still needs to be replaced. But, it is still another step in the right direction.

Monday, February 27, 2012 9:10 AM

I hope this can give Jack some piece of mind about what happened. Hopefully the door stays open for him to have a good relationship with the company now that everything is over.

I wonder if he moved out of Ohio?

Monday, February 27, 2012 9:14 AM

To his credit, Falfas had a reputation for a lot of "block and tackle" so some people could get things done without Dick getting in the way, but I have no idea how far that effort extended.

Monday, February 27, 2012 9:26 AM

It would be pretty tough to force CF to take him back.

Tuesday, February 28, 2012 2:00 PM

I think most inside the company and even those who had some connections on the outside would agree that Kinzel should have been challenged more often.

Perhaps. On the other hand, it's possible that the only thing that would have resulted in is him "quitting"/"being fired" earlier.

Wednesday, March 14, 2012 7:06 PM

Here's a link to Jack's new company. I wonder if he is doing business with Cedar Point since Dick Kinzel is no longer involved.


Wednesday, March 14, 2012 11:03 PM

That's a pretty terrible name. Not sure if it's "ream-use-ment" or "re-amusement."

Wednesday, March 14, 2012 11:33 PM

I was thinking the same thing. Reminded me of Tosh.0's segment called world's most unfortunate domain names. Certainly not in the same category of what he's shown. But, still funny.

Thursday, March 15, 2012 7:30 AM

The site is high quality, though. We can all agree on that, right?

Thursday, March 15, 2012 7:33 AM

kpjb you forgot something. Here you go:


Thursday, March 15, 2012 9:26 AM

I like that their logo seems like a jab at MF. :)

Thursday, March 15, 2012 11:52 AM

Jason Hammond said:
world's most unfortunate domain names.


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Thursday, March 15, 2012 11:57 PM


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Friday, March 16, 2012 12:04 AM

Pagoda Gift Shop said:
I like that their logo seems like a jab at MF. :)

Just wait until you see my logo for the High Heel Dragqueen (formerly Top Thrill Dragster).


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