Holiday World & Splashin’ Safari names new CEO

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

Matt Eckert, the newly selected CEO, began his career 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.

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

“My brother-in-law Dan stepped in to serve as president following Will’s sudden death in 2010,” says Koch. “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 for its 67th season on May 4. Splashin’ Safari begins its season on May 10.

For more information, visit Holiday World’s website or call 1-800-467-2682.

1 Comment

  • Mary carter

    The article fails to mention that Matt had recently quit under pressure to be more committed to the job. Management and employees noticed Matt quietly sneaking out of the office most afternoons. If it rained, he would go home. Hard to believe widow who claims Will Koch wanted Matt in charge when Will clearly entered the agreement with his brother. Will also thought Matt was not pulling his weight so claims of Wills support are false. This is a move of spite and not in the parks best interest. This sends a bad message to Holiday World staff. Quit as GM after management views you as incompetent and get promoted to CEO. I guess this is the HW way to get ahead; it worked for the widow also as she performed in a show in the 80’s, never worked another day at HW since, and now 25 years later, against Will Kochs written wishes, she is in charge. This is an insult to Wills legacy

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