Bob Kipps

Managing Director

KippsDeSanto & Co.

Bob Kipps founded KippsDeSanto & Co. in 2007 and has grown the firm to be the largest investment bank exclusively focused on the Aerospace / Defense and Government Services sector. KippsDeSanto & Co. advises on 20-25 industry M&A transactions per year. Over the years, Bob 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. Some of his most recent transactions include MEI's merger with Quantitech, Zentex's sale to Vectrus, Tapestry Technologies' sale to Mantech and IBA's sale to DLH.

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

Bob 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 the Community Foundation of Northern Virginia. Bob is a frequent speaker on mergers & acquisitions involving aerospace / defense and technology firms and often provides market commentary to The Washington Post, Washington Business Journal, WashingtonExec, and Washington Technology, among others.

Bob 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).