President, CEO, Owner
With over 25 years of leadership experience in the regional, national, and global maritime arenas, Cornel has returned home to steer the rebirth of the Delta Queen. A former vice president of the Delta Queen from 1993 until 2004, Cornel has since served as president and CEO of Gulf Coast Work Force. Cornel has worked on Capitol Hill where he last served on the House Coast Guard and Navigation Subcommittee. With deep knowledge of trade associations, Cornel also served on the staff of the American Waterways Operators and as a member of the Passenger Vessel Association where he served 11 years on their board of directors and a one year term of the board. Cornel is a graduate of Nicholls State University and The Catholic University of America.
Randy & Leah Ann Ingram
Also at the helm of the Delta Queen relaunch are Randy and Leah who have a combined 40 years of experience in the tour, travel, and hospitality industries. The couple owns All Aboard USA, a group tour and motorcoach transportation company based in Chattanooga, TN. After operating the Delta Queen as a hotel for 5 years, they bring extensive knowledge of management and a unique understanding of the DQ.
Director of Marine Operations, Owner
Phillip A. Johnson first explored the Delta Queen Engine room at age 7, and became a steam enthusiast from that day forward. Learning from Delta Queen Engineers throughout the 1990’s, he became an expert on the behind the scene workings of a 1927 steamboat. From 2009 through today, Phillip has been responsible for the engineering maintenance and preservation of the Delta Queen. A former civilian Engineer Technician with the U.S. Navy, Phillip is currently a Contract Administrator with an electric utility company and also volunteers as a part time Engineer on the Belle of Louisville.
The Timeline of the Steamer Delta Queen