Convention Strategy Group | Leadership
Senior Vice President of Sales
and Industry Relations
Mr. Davisí responsibilities
with Convention Strategy Group as Senior Vice President
and co-founder include the overall brand awareness,
marketing and revenue growth of CSG's core business
model. Davisí vision for CSG is an
entrepreneurial culture that includes a mix of
proprietary meeting solutions, innovative products, and
first-class event technology for conference clients.
to founding Convention Strategy Group, Davis founded
Convention Strategy, Inc, an innovator in automated
session tracking and reporting for a wide range of
clients. Prior, Davis spent ten years with James T.
Dunn Enterprises, a leader in the management and
production of one-day hospitality regional trade shows.
Entering the organization as intern, he departed holding
the title of Vice President and Chief Operating Officer,
with responsibility for creating corporate brand
awareness, developing and implementing product imagery,
and constructing cutting-edge technical advancements.
During his tenure, Davis spearheaded a campaign that
vertically grew the organization and successfully
doubled revenues in a single 18-month period.
realized his entrepreneurial spirit while attending the
University of Maryland's Business and Management Program
where he successfully started an events promotion
business, and he graduated with a Bachelor of Science
degree in Marketing with a concentration in Promotions.
Davis is a member of the Hospitality Sales and
Marketing Association International, International
Association of Exhibition Managers, and Meeting
Senior Vice President
Registration and Strategic Alliances
Mr. Fink has over 23 years of meeting
management and leadership experience. As Senior
Vice President and co-founder, he is responsible forming
and maintaining industry alliances and the overall
growth of the registration and housing division of
Convention Strategy Group.
Prior to forming Convention Strategy
Group, he founded BlueSkyz, Inc an industry leading
registration and housing technology services firm.
He had forged many critical technology and business
partnerships and was responsible for the 35% year to
year growth of the firm. The company grew to process
thousands of registrations and reservations annually and
provides worldwide services for corporate, association,
and government clients whose meetings, conferences, and
tradeshows ranged in size of 50 to 25,000 attendees.
Previously, he served as Director of Meetings and
Marketing for the American Water Resources Association
where he successfully grew the organizationís meeting
and exhibition attendance by over 40% and the revenue by
over 55%. He is credited for developing the
organizations hotel contractual standards agreement,
which is still used by the organization today. Mr.
Fink also launched a successful full service site
selection and meeting management firm, Spectrum
Management Group which grew to provide services to over
350 meetings annually to a balanced mix of association
and corporate clients. In 2001, Mr. Fink sold his
stake in Spectrum Management Group and was contracted by
HelmsBriscoe to re-launch and manage the organizationís
meeting management operations division, ResourceOne, and
was named Regional Vice President of
his professional career, Mr. Fink has served as a member
and volunteer to many professional meetings industry
societies and respective committees, including the
American Society of Association Executives, the Greater
Washington Society of Association Executives, Meeting
Planners International, and the Professional Convention
Management Association, where he was named by his peers
as a founding Board of Directors Member for the Greater
Washington DC Chapter of the society.
Senior Vice President
of Technology and Operations
Mr. Ripkin is a co-founder
of Convention Strategy Group and is responsible managing
technology development and corporate operations.
Prior to co-founding
Convention Strategy Group, Mr. Ripkin served as Vice
President, Development for Convention Strategy, Inc and
was responsible for customized solutions including
project design and development, project management, and
exploring emerging solutions. Mr. Ripkin has over 15
years entrepreneurial experience managing and developing
products within a wide range of industries including
government contracting, technical outsourcing and
construction. Mr. Ripkin is a strong believer in team
building, customer relationships, and process. His
results-oriented management philosophy has led to a
strong track record of delivering quality products on
schedule. Previously, he was the Senior Human Resources
Information System Manager, with Analytic Services Inc.
(ANSER), a prominent government contractor. At ANSER, he
managed a team and was responsible for new product
development and implementation.
Before joining ANSER, Scott was a Senior Technical
Recruiter with Spherion, a leader in the North American
staffing industry, providing value-added staffing,
recruiting and workforce solutions. He was responsible
for Customized Technical Outsourcing Solutions including
software project design and development, project
management consulting, and network management solutions.
In this position, he oversaw a team of 30 software
engineers and support staff working for multiple
Mr. Ripkin received his Bachelor of Science from the
University of Maryland. He is currently pursuing his
Masters Degree in Technology Management from the
University of Maryland.