Growing foodservice design and consulting leader strengthens resources

Rippe Associates is excited to announce the expansion of its College and 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 and support to Rippe’s growing higher education market. “Darren is a great addition to the Rippe team for a number of reasons, not the least of which are the depth and breadth of his experience and the type of person he is and strives to be every day,” said Terry Pellegrino, principal.

In addition to North Dakota State University, Peterson’s 10 years of college and university experience includes leadership positions at Gonzaga University and the University of South Dakota. “I’m excited for 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. “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 and 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.”

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Rippe Associates is a Minneapolis, MN-based foodservice design and consulting firm. Founded in 1981, Rippe has gained a national reputation for providing innovative and flexible designs that deliver exceptional dining experiences and for approaching every project from management to operations with concern for staffing, customer satisfaction, and financial performance. Our portfolio includes over 3,500 successful foodservice design and consulting projects in such industries as healthcare, college and university, hospitality and gaming, senior living, K-12 schools, business and industry, and government. Learn more at

Pictured: Darren Peterson, Terry Pellegrino FCSI, Joie Schoonover

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