Amusement parks: Holiday World adds to Directors Staff

Holiday World & Splashin’ Safari President Will Koch announces the appointment of 3 new directors to the parks’ staff, as two new positions are created.

The two new director-level positions are Director of Information Systems and Technology and Director of Training and Development.

As Director of Information Systems and Technology, Joseph P. Hurst (right) oversees the parks’ computer systems, data storage, sound systems, phone systems, servers, camera systems, network cabling and fiber optics. Hurst began his career at Holiday World seasonally in 1990 and was hired full-time in 1996. He is a graduate of Forest Park High School in Ferdinand and the University of Southern Indiana in Evansville, where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial Supervision. Hurst resides in Princeton, Indiana, with his wife, Lana, and their daughter, Katherine.

Samantha Ramsey (left) is the parks’ new Director of Training and Development. Her duties include planning and implementing Orientation and Hospitality Training for Holiday World & Splashin’ Safari’s 2,100 seasonal employees. She also heads up seasonal management training and keeps the operations departments fully staffed throughout the season. Ramsey began her career at the park seasonally in 1997 and was hired full-time in 2005; she was named Director of Cleaning in 2007. Ramsey is a graduate of Tell City High School and Oakland City University, where she earned an Associate’s Degree in Business Administration and a Bachelor’s Degree in Human Resource Management. She and her husband, Chad, live in Tell City.

Replacing Ramsey as Director of Cleaning is Cathy Greubel,(right) who has worked seasonally at the park since 2005. She is responsible for a staff of 140 seasonal employees who scrub the parks down early each morning before opening, keep the parks free of litter while open, and clean restrooms and dining area continuous throughout each day. Greubel, who is a graduate of Tell City High School, lives in Tell City with her husband, Gary; they have two children and one grandson.

Holiday World’s 64th season begins May 1; the premiere of the World’s Longest Water Coaster, Wildebeest, is May 14, Splashin’ Safari’s opening day. For more information, visit the park’s website at www.HolidayWorld.com or call 1-877-Go-Family.

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