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

ExBulletin
November 29, 2021
The idea of ​​helping UNLV turn UNLV into a hotbed of hospitality innovation started making pizza with friends.
November 29, 2021
An idea to help transform UNLV into a hotbed for hospitality innovation started cooking over a pizza between friends.
October 21, 2021
UNLV opened a new facility specifically designed to help students with turning ideas that have commercial potential into real business models.
Business Mayor
October 4, 2021
UNLV’s mission to help students bring big ideas to life took a step forward Sept. 29 with the opening of the UNLV Incubator at Hughes Center.

Articles Featuring Robert Rippee

Nurses using medical syringes
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.

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Campus News | March 11, 2021

A collection of news stories highlighting the experts and events at UNLV.