Holiday World names new President

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by NEWS RELEASE/WHAS11

WHAS11.com

Posted on January 8, 2013 at 2:27 PM

Updated Tuesday, Jan 8 at 5:19 PM

SANTA CLAUS, Ind. (WHAS11/NEWS RELEASE) -- The Board of Directors for Holiday World and 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,” park vice president Lori Koch said. “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 a graduate of Indiana State University with a bachelor’s degree in accounting and insurance. Eckert is also a certified public accountant.

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

Holiday World will open on May 4 and Splashin’ Safari begins its season on May 10.
 

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