Raymond L. “Rip” Gellein, Jr., often referred to as a “timeshare industry pioneer,” resigned from Starwood Hotels and Resorts Worldwide in March of 2008 where he held the position of President, Global Development Group. In this position, Rip had overall management responsibility for the full range of Starwood’s global real estate-related functions.
Prior to his position as President, Global Development Group, Rip served as Chairman and CEO of Starwood Vacation Ownership, Inc., the vacation ownership division of Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc., (1999-2006). In this capacity, he led the integration of the company’s successful timeshare operations with the brands, resources and assets of Starwood. He was a Director of Starwood Vacation Ownership Inc. from 1999 to 20008.
He holds an MBA in Finance, Accounting and Marketing from Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management (1974), as well as a Bachelor of Arts majoring in Psychology from Denison University (1969). Between college and graduate school, Rip taught mathematics and psychology as well as coached basketball, football and golf at two private secondary schools, the last two years at the Groton School in Groton, Massachusetts.
Rip has served as a board member of the Florida Chapter of Junior Achievement, the Roy E. Crummer Graduate School of Business at Rollins College, and served as Chairman of the American Resort Development Association (ARDA). Rip is currently serving as an advisor to the ARDA board and the ARDA executive committee.