The Growing and Strengthening College & University Team

Rippe Associates is excited to announce the expansion of its College & University Team with the addition of Darren Peterson. From his most recent position as the Director of Dining for North Dakota State University, Darren comes to Rippe with 23 years of experience in the foodservice industry. He brings extensive operational knowledge & support to Rippe’s growing higher education market.

“Darren is a great addition to the team for a number of reasons, not the least of which are the depth & breadth of his experience and the type of person he is and strives to be every day,” said Terry Pellegrino, principal.

In addition to his most recent role, his 10 years of college & university experience includes leadership positions at Gonzaga University and the University of South Dakota.

“I’m excited about the additional perspective his contract management experience will bring to our team and our clients,” said Joie Schoonover, principal.   

The first thirteen years of Peterson’s career were spent gaining experience and responsibilities in the hotel, convention center and arena segment, eventually becoming a General Manager of a full-service hotel in Sioux City, Iowa.

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“Having had the opportunity to professionally grow up in a company such as John Q Hammons Hotels, it really instilled in me the need for standards and how to do things the right way,” said Peterson. “The hotel & convention center business is so customer service-focused. I’ve been able to use that base to ask questions and help raise the bar within dining teams in college foodservice.”

Welcome to the team Darren! We are all excited to have you on board!


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