Waterfront Development Corporation (WDC) officials announced today that Krista Snider, a nonprofit professional with extensive strategic marketing, tourism and fundraising experience, has been selected as the new chief executive officer of the Belle of Louisville Riverboats.

Snider most recently served as managing executive director of the KFC Foundation, where she developed award-winning national charitable programs.  Her experience also includes community relations, marketing and executive leadership roles with the Frazier History Museum and Kentucky Humane Society, as well as public relations for the Louisville Regional Airport Authority and Kentucky Science Center.

In addition to Snider’s appointment, Master Captain Mark Doty will be promoted to Chief Operating Officer of the organization.  Capt. Doty has a 38-year history with the Belle of Louisville, starting as a deck hand and working his way up to a licensed mate, then a licensed captain. He’s been serving as Master Captain since 2007.  During his tenure, he’s literally helped rebuild the legendary vessel, serving in a variety of capacities, from carpenter to wedding ceremony officiant.  Doty knows the national historical landmarks – the Belle of Louisville and Life Saving Station #10, which serves as the Belle’s administrative and ticket office – like few others do. Congrats Captain!

We are very excited to welcome Krista aboard the Belle of Louisville and look forward to working with her!