American Queen Steamboat Company has announced three new hires to its sales and management team. Nicola Volpe has joined the river cruise line as vice president of hotels, while Barbara Davis is now business development director. Krystle Sampson has been named regional sales director.
In a written release American Queen Steamboat Company COO Ted Sykes said that the appointments come as the river cruise line is expanding its capacity.
Here’s a look at the new hires:
Nicola Volpe, Vice President – Hotel: Volpe has served as director of new builds and hotel operations at Prestige Cruise Holdings, where he helped launch Regent Seven Seas Cruises’ Seven Seas Explorer, along with managing several other new builds and refurbishment projects. He has also had many years of increasing responsibility at Oceania Cruises, Renaissance, Royal Viking Line and Sitmar Cruises. Volpe will initially be responsible for building up the hotel department for the American Duchess, the line’s new purpose-built boutique paddle-wheeler launching in August.
Barbara Davis, business development manager: Davis joined the American Queen Steamboat Company sales team in April. Her role includes building awareness and interest in American Queen Steamboat Company products through training, relationship building and sales activities with travel agents and consumers. Her experience includes travel to 60 countries. She will be working remotely in Southern California and reports to Bob Salmon, vice president of sales.
Krystle Sampson, regional sales director: After starting with the company onboard the American Empress, Sampson assumed her new position in May. She is responsible for representing American Queen Steamboat Company in a multi-state territory, selling steamboat vacations to consumers and travel agents alike. She will be working remotely from St. Louis, MO and reports to Bob Salmon.