Ted Sykes will step down as American Queen Steamboat Company's president and COO by the end of the year. 

Sykes joined the river cruise line six years ago after the launch of first riverboat American Queen. Since then, the company has added the American Empress and American Duchess. The American Countess paddlewheeler is under construction.    

Ted Sykes
Ted Sykes

"We have created a recognizable brand with well-defined attributes, have built a financially stable company and now have a well-rounded management team in place," Sykes said in a statement. "It's time for someone else to step in and take it from here."

The company said 2018 is the company's best year on record, with many voyages selling out months in advance.  

"I would like to thank Ted for all of his dedication and hard work in making American Queen Steamboat Company a premium product. We have reestablished overnight cruising on the American waterways and proven them as a worthy destination for both domestic and international guests," said chairman and CEO John Waggoner. "The level of repeat customers we're now seeing on our vessels is testament to the quality experience that is being delivered."

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