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

Forbes
A Michigan-based science and technology business incubator is expanding its reach across the Ann Arbor area with a new location, creating a home for startups founded by local university graduates.
K.N.P.R. News
COVID-19 hit Las Vegas hard; entertainment, casinos, tourism, it all came to a halt. Las Vegas, and Nevada in general, is starting to bounce back.
Nevada Business
Art Vivas, the Low Voltage Project Manager at Henderson-based FEA Consulting Engineers, will be a top speaker at the upcoming Casino Esport Conference. Vivas is scheduled to discuss how the esport industry can leverage immersive audio technology to improve sportsbook visual elements.
ExBulletin
The idea of ​​helping UNLV turn UNLV into a hotbed of hospitality innovation started making pizza with friends.

Articles Featuring Robert Rippee

U.N.L.V. signage with Fall leaves in the background
Business and Community | December 28, 2021

A yearlong collection of headlines featuring innovative ideas, discoveries, and partnerships to move Southern Nevada forward.

Professor, standing next to humanoid robot, leading a tour of office space
Business and Community | October 1, 2021

UNLV Incubator at Hughes Center will help students bridge the gap between a big idea and a marketable business.

A smartphone is used to enact a contactless payment at a restaurant
Business and Community | May 18, 2021

Technology and an innovative workforce are helping the hospitality industry move forward as guests begin to resume travel.