Chip Rives

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Chip Rives
Born (1964-12-24) December 24, 1964 (age 54)
Height6 ft 2 in (188 cm)
Weight214 lb (97 kg; 15 st 4 lb)
College football career
Career history
CollegeWake Forest

Chip Rives (born December 24, 1964) is an American businessman who is the current chief executive officer of Riddle & Bloom. Before becoming CEO, Rives worked in multiple sports marketing companies including International Management Group and Arnold Worldwide. In 1987, he was co-named Sports Illustrated Sportsperson of the Year for his Winston-Salem, North Carolina, toy drive for children. Apart from sports, Rives was the owner of the Boston Music Awards from 2003 to 2015.

Early life and education[edit]

Rives was born on December 24, 1964, in Springfield, Virginia,[1][2] he was raised as a military brat and received a scholarship from Wake Forest University in gridiron football.[3] While at Wake Forest, Rives played for the Wake Forest Demon Deacons football team from 1984 to 1987 as a running back,[4] he attended the Wake Forest University School of Business for a Master of Business Administration degree.[5]


Throughout his college football career with the Deacons, Rives had a career total of 1554 yards from scrimmage, with 1080 rushing yards and 474 receiving yards, he scored his first touchdown in 1985 and had 925 scrimmage yards in 1986.[4] During his final two seasons, Rives was the Deacons scoring leader of the 1986 season with 12 touchdowns and the 1987 Deacons leader of kick returns with 296 yards.[6]

After completing his post-secondary studies, Rives began his career with International Management Group in the 1990s;[7] as an executive, Rives worked for multiple companies in sports marketing including Arnold Worldwide.[8] In 1999, he moved to president when he joined Lapham/Miller.[9] Rives founded TRP Marketing in the 2000s [3] and is currently the chief operating officer of Riddle & Bloom.[10] Outside of marketing, Rives became the owner of the Boston Music Awards in 2003,[8] he retained ownership of the awards until 2015.[11]


Rives was one of the eight people named Sports Illustrated Sportsperson of the Year in 1987 for their charity work.[12] He was awarded by Sports Illustrated for providing toys to disadvantaged children living in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.[1]


  1. ^ a b Looney, Douglass (21 December 1987). "Toys for Girls And Boys: CHIP RIVES". Sports Illustrated. p. 21. Retrieved 19 July 2018.
  2. ^ Powell, Chris (17 December 1987). "Wake Forest's Rives plays 'Santa's Helper'". UPI.
  3. ^ a b Kielty, Tom (26 September 2006). "Captain NEMO; Chip Rives brings Boston's music showcase into the modern age". Boston Herald. p. 34.
  4. ^ a b "Chip Rives". College Football at
  5. ^ Swift, E.M. (31 August 1987). "The Best and the Brightest". Sports Illustrated. p. 43. Retrieved 19 July 2018.
  6. ^ "2016 Wake Forest Football Media Guide". Wake Forest Sports. pp. 75–76. Retrieved 26 July 2018.
  7. ^ Colageo, Mike (20 August 1999). "Longwood isn't what it used to be". The Standard-Times (New Bedford). Retrieved 19 July 2018.
  8. ^ a b Anderman, Joan (31 August 2003). "New owner moves to reinvent local music awards". Boston Globe. Retrieved 19 July 2018.
  9. ^ Warner, Judy (25 October 1999). "Low-Profile Agency Chases Big-League Dreams". Adweek. Retrieved 19 July 2018.
  10. ^ Brasier, John (8 November 2017). "Sutton's new company announces deal with millennial-focused marketing agency". Triad Business Journal. Retrieved 19 July 2018.
  11. ^ Shanahan, Mark (19 November 2015). "Boston Music Awards has new owner". Boston Globe. Retrieved 19 July 2018.
  12. ^ Defore, Frank (21 December 1987). "'A Little Lower than the Angels'". Sports Illustrated. p. 14. Retrieved 19 July 2018.