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President & CEO - Clifford "Rip" Rippetoe

Clifford “Rip” Rippetoe was named President & CEO of the Kentucky State Fair Board, effective January 1, 2013.

A native of Oklahoma and a graduate of Oklahoma State University, he began his career in the tourism development business in 1988 as Facilities Director of the Las Vegas Convention Center and Cashman Field Center. In 1995, Rippetoe became General Manager for the Salt Palace Convention Center in Salt Lake City, where he coordinated sales and marketing initiatives for the center’s management company.

While at the convention center, Rippetoe was recruited by the Salt Lake Convention & Visitors Bureau to serve as its liaison with the Salt Lake Olympic Organizing Committee, assisting with fundraising and sponsor relationships for the upcoming 2002 games. During that time, he also served as Executive Director & CEO of Visitor Information Services of Utah, followed by associate director of community services for Salt Lake County.

In 2004, Rippetoe joined GES Exposition Services – a global exhibition design and management service for convention, tradeshow and corporate business events. He served as Vice President of Exhibit & Design, and Senior Vice President of Facility & Account Relations. In 2008 with GES as a client, Rippetoe launched his own consulting firm, Rippetoe Solutions Group, to focus on creating efficiencies and productivity for public assembly facilities.

Rippetoe’s community service includes founding the Miracle League of Las Vegas, a not-for-profit organization serving those with disabilities. He assisted with construction and management of a new Miracle League baseball facility.

Kentucky State Fair Board

Bob Stewart
Governor's Representative
Dr. Mark E. Lynn
Chairman, Louisville
Mike Libs
Vice Chairman, Philpot
Ron Carmicle
Anna Jane Cave
 James R. Comer
Commissioner, KY Dept. of Agriculture
Marshall Coyle
Gib Gosser
 Lanny Greer
Ann McBrayer
Steve Pence
Fred Sarver
Thomas J. Schifano
Dr. Scott Smith
Dean, UK College of Agriculture
William B. Tolle
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