For our first Employee Spotlight of 2020, we are highlighting Project Manager Derrick Rippatoe.
Derrick has been working at The Expo Group for six and a half years, originally starting in the Customer Account Management department (CAM). He grew up in Wichita, Kansas, and graduated from Wichita State University.
If you catch Derrick outside of work, you’ll probably see him fully invested in his fantasy sports teams. When he visits Las Vegas (which is quite often!) he likes to enjoy his favorite restaurant, Voodoo Steak House at the Rio.
Something unique to Derrick is his last name, which often gets mispronounced; it’s “Rah-PAW-Toe” not “Rip-A-Toe” although he will answer to both.
His advice for exhibitors is to never be afraid to contact your CAM or exhibitor services to ask questions. Derrick also suggests that surveys and truly listening to feedback are great ways to help improve the quality of your event every year.
Also, it’s extremely important that you never run out of coffee in the exhibit hall when breakfast is being served!