Robert Rippee

Director, Hospitality and Esports Laboratory
UNLV International Gaming Institute
Expertise: Hospitality Innovation, Esports, Business Development

Biography

Robert Rippee is a nationally recognized authority on the hospitality industry, particularly technology innovation, esports, and business and product development. He is often called upon by local and national media to provide context to emerging trends in hospitality, esports, robotics, artificial intelligence, and other technology applications in the service industry. 

Rippee directs the Hospitality and Esports Lab within UNLV's International Gaming Institute and is former senior vice president of marketing for Las Vegas Sands Corporation. The lab is project-oriented and guides students from an array of disciplines through the innovation process. The lab’s environment is one of the unique learning environments at UNLV, combining the development of disruptive innovation with guidance from subject matter experts in esports, robotics, artificial intelligence, experience design, virtual reality, augmented reality, blockchain, and more. 

Rippee is active as a board advisor, mentor, and consultant to several early stage and mature technology startup companies. He is also a veteran, having served as a pilot in the United States Navy. 

Education

  • M.B.A., Operations Management, University of Georgia
  • B.S., Finance, The University of Wyoming

Robert Rippee In The News

KESQ News
November 14, 2019
People around the Coachella Valley depend on tourism to drive our local economy. Experts say approximately half of our jobs are in some way connected to tourism or hospitality. Protecting them is vitally important.
Whittier Daily News
November 1, 2019
ICYMI, we published the annual Southern California Casino Guide Monday (you may have seen our special email to you loyal Casino Insider subscribers), but since everyone likes to eat we wanted to highlight our list of all of the restaurants at the area’s casinos.
Las Vegas Review Journal
October 28, 2019
How do casino companies get more millennials into their properties?
USBets
October 17, 2019
Casino operators know they’ve got a problem attracting millennials, but they’d better figure it out soon or they risk becoming the next Sears or Payless.