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Stephen Tripp


Served as president and co-founder of the Arizona State University committee of the National Academy

of Television Arts and Sciences for the Rocky Mountain Southwest Chapter, before graduating Cum

Laude with a degree in Broadcast Journalism in 1980. Later, he served as Chapter President of the Rocky

Mountain Southwest region, from 1983-1985.

From Grand Junction, Colorado, Steve lived in the frozen tundra of South Dakota for five years. He

moved to Arizona in 1976. (Thankfully.)

Served at Assistant Director in 1981 and then Director of Public Relations, of the Arizona Office of

Tourism from 1982 to 1986. He then worked for several Phoenix area advertising agencies before

establishing his own firm, Tripp Marketing Communications Group in 1991.

From 1991 to 2000 Steve was also the society columnist for the Scottsdale Progress and Tribune

Newspapers. He was also a contributor to Phoenix Magazine, Arizona Highways, Southwest Spirit and

numerous other national travel magazines.

For several years served as Director of Marketing/Director of Franchise Relations & Strategic Services for

Realty Executives International.

Tripp worked for American Airlines after 2011, defying gravity every time he walked across an airplane


Steve passed away, unexpectedly, in 2021.