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

September 2, 2021
Robert Rippee joins the show to talk about economic development trends in Nevada and how Black Fire Innovation (a unique public-private partnership between Caesar’s Entertainment corporation and the University of Nevada Las Vegas) is driving innovative concepts in the gaming & hospitality market.
August 11, 2021
Civic Technologies, a leading innovator in digital identity solutions, and Black Fire Innovation, the hospitality technology hub created by Caesars Entertainment, Inc., and the University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV), today announced that a vending machine using Age Verification by Civic will be serving up an assortment of non-alcoholic beverages to Black Fire’s tenants.
August 11, 2021
Something we’ve pondered here at The Spoon is how age verification might work for vending machines that sell beer or booze.
August 11, 2021
Civic Technologies, a leading innovator in digital identity solutions, and Black Fire Innovation, the hospitality technology hub created by Caesars Entertainment, Inc., and the University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV), today announced that a vending machine using Age Verification by Civic will be serving up an assortment of non-alcoholic beverages to Black Fire's tenants.

Articles Featuring Robert Rippee

Campus News | March 11, 2021
A collection of news stories highlighting the experts and events at UNLV.
medical worker in full protective suit making "LV" sign with hands
Business and Community | December 31, 2020
As the pandemic tightened its grip on Nevada, the nation, and the world, UNLV responded in ways big and small. Members of the media also turned to UNLV's faculty experts for answers.
A portrait of UNLV's new president Keith Whitfield on campus.
Campus News | August 10, 2020
As summer heats up, so do the accomplishments on UNLV’s campus.
Campus News | May 20, 2020
A collection of news stories highlighting the staff and students of UNLV who exemplify what it means to be a Rebel, even from home.