Robert D. Kipps


Mr. Kipps has over 20 years of experience in providing transaction advisory and financial consulting services to aerospace/defense and technology firms.

He founded KippsDeSanto & Co. in 2007 and has grown the firm to ~30 professionals–the largest investment bank exclusively focused on the Aerospace/Defense and Government Services sector.  Over the years, Mr. Kipps has worked with some of the most successful industry firms both advising them on their strategy as they grew and assisting them with their eventual sale.

Prior to founding KippsDeSanto in 2007, Mr. Kipps was a Managing Director in Houlihan Lokey’s Washington, DC office and a leader of Houlihan Lokey’s Aerospace∙Defense∙Government industry group. Mr. Kipps was also with Peterson Consulting and Tucker Alan where he advised aerospace / defense, engineering, construction and technology companies.

Mr. Kipps was recognized as the Dealmaker of the Year – Investment Banker by the Association for Corporate Growth’s National Capital Chapter. He is on the Board of Directors of Information Systems Laboratories, Inc., Easter Seals of the Greater Washington-Baltimore Region, and is a past member of the Advisory Board for the McIntire School of Commerce at the University of Virginia. Mr. Kipps is a frequent speaker on mergers & acquisitions involving aerospace / defense and technology firms and often provides market commentary to The Washington Post, GovConExec, Washington Business Journal, WashingtonExec, and Washington Technology, among others.

Mr. Kipps received his B.S. in Commerce, with distinction, from the University of Virginia. He is registered with FINRA as a General Securities Registered Representative and Principal (Series 7, 63, 24, 79