Matt Eckert named President/CEO of Holiday World

Posted Thursday, January 10, 2013 8:40 AM | Contributed by Rihard

The Board of Directors for Holiday World & Splashin’ Safari has named Matt Eckert the park’s new president and CEO.

“Matt was hand-picked by my late husband, Will, to be in a leadership role at the park; I know he would be pleased with our choice,” says park vice president Lori Koch. “As president and CEO, Matt will work closely with our board to keep our family’s park flourishing.”

Eckert began his tenure with the park in 2000, when he was hired to be the park’s controller; he served as one of the park’s two general managers from 2007 to 2012. He is an International Association of Amusement Parks & Attractions Certified Attractions Executive and has served on its Human Resources Committee.

Eckert is a graduate of Indiana State University with a bachelor’s degree in accounting and insurance. He is a certified public accountant.

“My brother-in-law Dan stepped in to serve as president following Will’s sudden death in 2010,” says Lori Koch. “We thank him for his leadership and wish him well as he returns full-time to his law firm in Florida.”

Read the press release from Holiday World and Splashin' Safari.

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Thursday, January 10, 2013 9:01 AM

Very interesting that all is not well in Santa Claus... wouldn't have guessed this was coming at all.

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Thursday, January 10, 2013 9:21 AM

This article ( http://www.spencercountyjournal.com/content/control-holiday-world-s...gal-battle ) was really helpful in understanding what happened. Do I think it's right, yes and no. Time will tell.

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Thursday, January 10, 2013 9:31 AM

To avoid duplicate conversations, let's do comments in the thread about the lawsuit.

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Thursday, January 10, 2013 12:30 PM

My bad Jeff, I just saw that thread.

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Closed topic.

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