Mark Samolczyk is the President of the Stark Community Foundation. In that role, he serves as the Chief Executive Officer of the Foundation, the primary representative of the Foundation in the community and the leader in achieving the Foundation’s Vision and Mission. Mark has served with the Foundation since October of 2009.
Mark started his career with Timken in 1981 as a marketing associate in Canton, and had several management positions before moving to Timken France in 1988 as manager of business coordination for Europe, Africa and West Asia. He became general manager of Timken de Mexico in 1990, and in 1992, was named president of Canadian Timken.
He returned to Canton in 1995, where he held a number of executive positions, and was named president of precision steel components in 2000 and was named an officer of the company. He was senior vice president of corporate planning and development from 2004 until his retirement in May.
A native of South Bend, Ind., Samolczyk received a bachelor’s degree in sociology from the University of Notre Dame, a master’s degree in business administration from the University of Denver and completed the Advanced Management Program at the Harvard University Graduate School of Business Administration.
Samolczyk has a history of community and professional involvement. He is a past chairman of Junior Achievement of East Central Ohio, a board member of the United Way of Greater Stark County, a board member of the William McKinley Presidential Library and Museum, and is past chairman of the American Bearing Manufacturers Association. He also currently serves on the boards of the Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce, the Stark Development Board, the Downtown Canton Land Bank, and currently serves on the Executive Committee of The Fund for Our Economic Future. He was also recently appointed to the Board of Team NEO.