Clifford “Rip” Rippetoe, CVE, Announced as IAVM’s 2nd Vice Chair 2018-2019

The International Association of Venue Managers (IAVM) has announced the nomination of Clifford “Rip” Rippetoe, CVE, for Second Vice Chair of the IAVM Board of Directors. Rippetoe will serve a four-year term, taking on the Chairman position in 2020-2021.

Representing public assembly venues from around the globe, IAVM’s 5,100 active members include managers and senior executives from auditoriums, arenas, convention centers, exhibit halls, stadiums, performing arts centers, university complexes, racetracks, and amphitheaters. IAVM’s mission is to educate, advocate for, and inspire public assembly venue professionals worldwide.

In this role, Rippetoe will become an officer within IAVM and one of the six members of IAVM's executive committee who work directly with the President & CEO of IAVM Brad Mayne. It would be a four-year term: first as 2nd Vice Chair, then Vice Chair, onto Board Chair in two years and finally as Immediate Past Chair.

IAVM members will vote electronically on this nomination, and if elected, he will be formally recognized at the 93rd annual VenueConnect Annual Conference and Trade Show hosted at the Metropolitan Toronto Convention Centre in Toronto, Canada in July.

"It is an incredible honor to be selected to serve in this position," said Rippetoe. "I am passionate and dedicated to our industry. We all work together in public assembly venue management to convene millions of patrons to an amazing variety of events. I look forward to working with my peers to educate, advocate for, and inspire our professionals, worldwide."

SDCCC's Executive Vice President & General Manager Karen Totaro, CVE, is a former Board Chair of IAVM and said Rippetoe is a perfect fit for the role.

"Rip is a true statesman for the industry," said Totaro. "He gets every aspect with his impressive career working in most venue types, in public and private management and as an allied member. Talk about someone who can see all sides of the industry - we are so lucky to have him as our future Chair."

Rippetoe has had a long and successful career in facility management and operations. He was appointed to his current role at the San Diego Convention Center in February 2016, replacing Carol Wallace as President & CEO. During his tenure, he has overseen the largest series of capital improvement projects in the facility's history, including the recent renovation of the iconic Sails Pavilion.

As a Certified Venue Executive, he currently serves on three International Association of Venue Managers (IAVM) committees, and as a mentor in the IAVM Mentor Program. Previously, he had chaired the Performing Arts Committee, Sustainability Committee and the Industry Affairs Council. He serves locally as a Board Member for the Downtown San Diego Partnership and the Economic Development Corporation of San Diego; and as Advisor for the San Diego Hotel/Motel Association and the San Diego Tourism Authority.

Recently, the Connected Women of Influence honored Rip with the inaugural "catalyst for change" award. The award recognized Rip for his accomplishments in the advancement of businesswomen, as well as having a track record of success and accomplishments by mentoring and/or supporting women in their profession, industry or enterprise.

The San Diego Convention Center staff is a key partner in the shared success of IAVM, including the following:

• Venue Safety & Security Training for staff in December 2017
• Director of Technology & Public Safety Josh Layne sits on IAVM's Safety & Security Committee
• Event Manager Daren Smylie and Facilities Supervisor Bahiah Odeh-Eppig were named IAVM 30 under 30 winners in 2017
• 10 SDCCC staff members have attended the Ogilvey Venue Management School, with four more slated to attend in 2019 and 2020
• Totaro has served in an executive role on the Board for many years and continues to chair relevant committees.

"One of the benefits of reporting to the Board and its’ Executive Committee is that IAVM has quality leaders in the officer positions that care about our industry and IAVM’s members, " said Brad Mayne, CVE, IAVM President and CEO. "Over the years, Rip has been a great contributor to leadership for IAVM. His knowledge and experience as a successful venue manager in multiple sectors and diverse communities in his career make him uniquely qualified to fill the position of IAVM 2nd Vice Chair. "

"We are supportive and excited about Rip’s nomination as it recognizes his well-deserved place as a leader in venue management," said Gil Cabrera, Board Chair of the San Diego Convention Center Corporation. "We are proud to have such a distinguished, capable, globally engaged, and visionary individual at the helm of our organization."

IAVM members will vote electronically on this nomination, with Rippetoe taking office in July.

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Posted by Rita de la Fuente, on April 6, 2018
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