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Clifford "Rip" Rippetoe, CVE

Clifford "Rip" Rippetoe, CVE

President & CEO

Clifford “Rip” Rippetoe, CVE (Certified Venue Executive) is a convention and meeting industry veteran who serves as President and CEO of the San Diego Convention Center Corporation. He has a long and successful career in facility management and operations working in the for-profit sector as well as not-for-profit and governmental organizations. Previously, he was President and CEO of the Kentucky State Fair Board (KSFB), which manages the Kentucky Exposition Center (the sixth largest convention center in the United States), Freedom Hall, Broadbent Arena and the Kentucky International Convention Center.

Through his career, he has worked for organizations hosting top national tradeshows and conventions, including the Olympic Winter Games of 2002, and large-scale public assembly facilities such as the Las Vegas Convention Center, the Salt Palace Convention Center in Salt Lake and the Kentucky Expo Center. He has implemented new techniques to significantly improve communication, create transparency, lobby for space expansion, address deferred maintenance, improve labor relations and increase revenues.

His key skills include expanding market penetration and driving profits; building and motivating cohesive multi-disciplinary teams; restructuring business units to achieve goals; creating effective relationships with employees, customers and partners; and re-imaging brands to meet shifting market needs. He received a B.S. from Oklahoma State University.


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