Speakers And Bios

Robert Rippee

Playing to Win: Is eSports the Next Game Changer?

Wednesday, September 18th

3:15 - 4:15 p.m.

Director, Hospitality Innovation Lab & Director, eSports Lab at the International Gaming Institute located at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas


Robert is the Director of the Hospitality Innovation Lab and the Director of the eSports Lab at UNLV. The labs technology focused innovation applied to the hospitality vertical sector. Through applied research and learning the labs explore a wide range of tech, esports, design, AI and other emerging elements that have the potential to solve significant problems or define the future in hospitality


Rippee is the former Senior Vice president of Marketing for Las Vegas Sands Corporation bringing more than 25 years of innovation experience in hospitality and gaming along with a robust network of advisors and mentors across venture capital, big tech, big hospitality, and gaming. He serves as a board advisor and consultant to several technology startup companies and is himself a co-inventor of an innovative food and beverage related tech.


Rippee is a Doctoral Student at UNLV researching gaming. He holds an MBA from the University of Georgia’s Terry College of Business and an undergraduate degree in Finance from The University of Wyoming.


He is also a Decorated Veteran, having served as a Pilot in the United States Navy.

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