Wheeling Park Commission Names Lindelow CEO

From Staff Reports

WHEELING — After an extensive nationwide search, the Wheeling Park Commission today announced that David Lindelow has been chosen as its new president and CEO, effective April 1.

Lindelow will take over from Steve Hilliard, who is retiring March 31 to spend more time with his wife and family.

“In Mr. Lindelow we have found a president and CEO with an impressive track record of success in the tourism and hospitality industry,” said Wilbur S. “Bill” Jones, chairman of the Wheeling Park Commission. “We believe that Mr. Lindelow’s depth of experience and demonstrated leadership will benefit both Oglebay and Wheeling Park as we strive to enhance our park system for the future.”

Lindelow has served most recentlyas general manager of The Abbey Resort, a 90-acre destination resort on Lake Geneva in Fontana, Wis. There, he led multi-million-dollar renovation initiatives while significantly increasing occupancy and revenue.

Prior to The Abbey Resort, Lindelow served as general manager of The Balsams Grand Resort in Dixville Notch, N.H., where he led the property’s transition from a seasonal operation to a year-round resort. He also instituted new information technology systems, revamped the sales and marketing program, and initiated a $15 million master plan focused on operational improvements.

“I am thrilled to have been offered this opportunity and couldn’t be more excited about joining the great Oglebay team and becoming a part of the local community,” Lindelow said of his appointment. “I look forward to furthering the legacy of Col. Earl Oglebay by continuing to provide outstanding, diverse recreational opportunities for our guests and the citizens of the Greater Ohio Valley.”

Although Lindelow will be on the job on Feb. 19, Hilliard will not officially retire until March 31.

“The list of projects and enhancements completed during Steve Hilliard’s tenure is too long to recite, but they include the West Family Wing renovation at Wilson Lodge, the Garden Bistro restaurant, the splash-and-spray attraction at Crispin Center pool and the tennis bubble located at Wheeling Park to name a few. On behalf of the Wheeling Park Commission, I want to thank Steve for his vision and accomplishments which have positioned our parks for the future, and we wish him all the best in his retirement,” Jones said. “We are pleased that he will be able to work alongside Mr. Lindelow over the coming weeks to ensure a smooth and seamless transition.”