Alumni Tale: Tobias Ripsom ’01

What did you study at UNH?

Business

Did you have an international experience (study, research, internship or volunteer abroad) while at UNH?

I spent 3 of 4 spring breaks in Europe, including a freshman year UNH Ski Team sanctioned trip to Norway.

What were you doing 1 year out of college?

I was an associate in a family owned real estate management, investment and development firm focused in and around Philadelphia, PA.

What were you doing 5 years out of college?

I was a VP of Development for a real estate development firm based in Sun Valley, Idaho working on projects throughout the western U.S.

What were you doing 10 years out of college?

I was the Managing Director for a private equity firm focused on real estate based investment in the fastest growing, post-financial crisis, urban areas of the Intermountain West.  In the coming year, I will have lost my father to a long lasting battle with cancer.  I saw his time slip away through a fog of great pain and limited options.  In turn I reevaluated what I was doing in life, and how I could really make a difference in the lives of others…

What are you doing now?

I have applied my real estate, investment, financial and operational management acumen and partnered with seasoned botanists to create one of the most profitable, and highest quality cannabis cultivation operations in CO.  As of now, we are working on national expansion through decentralized manufacturing, product differentiation and on-shelf packaging/branding to create an industry leader as the decriminalization of medical and recreational offerings continues.

How do you feel your time at UNH has had an impact on where you are today?

Coming from my adolescence in rural Idaho, UNH provided a very well rounded entry into adulthood.  I continue to recommend UNH to anyone from my sleepy little ski town due to the location and academics.  I made life long friends, gained core skills through independent thinking and had my eyes opened to a much different world than I previously knew.

Why do you believe in UNH?

There are very few things that I would attribute to what formed me as this person.  UNH will always be on that list.