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.