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Robert Rippee

Robert Rippee

Director, UNLV Hospitality Innovation Lab & Esports Lab, Hospitality Lab at the International Gaming Institute

Robert Rippee is the Director of the newly formed Hospitality Lab at the International Gaming Institute. As the gaming innovation class has brought innovation to the casino industry, the Hospitality Lab seeks to do the same with the global hospitality industry. The lab is a project oriented innovation lab addressing the top needs and opportunities within an entire industry. 

Rippee is a technology and hospitality consultant with Elysian LLC. He is the former senior vice president of marketing for Las Vegas Sands Corporation. He brings more than 25 years of innovation experience in hospitality along with a powerful network of advisors and mentors across venture capital, big tech, big hospitality, and gaming. He serves as a board advisor and consultant to several early stage technology startup companies. Rippee has provided CXO consulting and mentoring to both startups and growth stage enterprises as well as consulting services on innovative thinking and product development to mature brands. 

Rippee holds an MBA in Operations Management from the University of Georgia’s Terry College of Business and an undergraduate degree in Finance from The University of Wyoming. Throughout his business career, he has received several prestigious industry awards and he’s been tapped as a thought leader and asked to lecture at organizations as diverse at the Luxury Marketing Council in Manhattan to The Graziadio School of Business and Management at Pepperdine University. 

He is a Veteran, serving as a Pilot in the United States Navy. 

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