Ryder has over 20 years of experience in government relations, technology and marketing. As president, he leads Tripepi Smith and is the ultimate project owner of its clients, which span over 90 public, private and non-profit agencies. Ryder is also the creator of the City Internet Strategies Study, publisher of the Civic Business Journal and a frequent speaker on the local government circuit. Additionally, his insights have been published by industry-leading publications, such as Western City Magazine and Public Management Magazine, and local government professional organizations, such as the California City Management Foundation and Municipal Management Association of Northern California have recognized and awarded his support as a longtime partner.
Bob Hall brings over 30 years of experience in municipal government and leadership. Most recently, Hall has served as Interim City Manager for Laguna Niguel and Stanton. During these assignments, he ran the recruiting search for the City Manager position in both cities. Prior to the interim positions, Bob Hall was the City Manager for the City of Fountain Valley where he managed the $80 million budget, 225 employees, and led their Fiscal Sustainability Plan which will provide the necessary funds to cover their long-term financial needs. He also served as Assistant City Manager for the City of Huntington Beach where he oversaw the day to day operations of the departments of Human Resources, Finance, IT, Community Services, Community Development and Public Works. Before assuming a leadership role, he worked in many departments, including General Services Director and Interim Human Resources Director for the City of Riverside.
Michael Egan, Director at Tripepi Smith, is an accomplished local government executive with nearly 30 years of experience capped with 20 years of City Manager responsibilities in the cities of Bellflower and Norwalk. Michael’s many accomplishments include balanced budget management; multiple successful bond issues and improved agency bond ratings; implementing and expanding community policing programs, including the opening of a local Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Station; expanding recreation facilities by developing new parks, bicycle and walking trails, and public aquatics center; upgrading water and sewer infrastructure; successfully implementing local revenue measures; and executing on multiple economic development projects. Michael is passionate about local government and effective, ethical leadership.
Bria Balliet is a Senior Business Analyst with Tripepi Smith. She is a triple-threat of creative talent: a writer, graphic artist and photographer. Her skills enable her to be a complete storyteller in words and visuals. She is an alumna of UC San Diego, where she earned her Bachelor of Arts in Communication and honed her writing skills as an editor for several on-campus publications. Following earning her B.A., she was hired by a publishing company in Orange County that specialized in creating custom magazines for cities, private communities, and the hospitality industry. She also assisted with graphic design needs as well as portrait and event photography.
Allison Torres is a Junior Business Analyst with Tripepi Smith. She brings a strong background in social media marketing and data analytics to the team. Allison graduated from Biola University with a degree in Business Management, and flexed her leadership skills as a two-year captain of Biola Women’s tennis team. She gained experience in marketing and project management during the various internships she held. Previously, she executed social media marketing at TSE Worldwide Press.
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