Darren “Kip” Kipnis, DGE 2019-2020
Rotary Club of Tampa
Kip was born and raised in Brooklyn, NY. He was introduced to the concept of giving back, volunteering and taking an interest in his community at an early age by his mother, a social worker in NYC.
While attending St. John’s University in 1986, Kip was recruited to work on the Municipal Bond Desk at Merrill Lynch where he traded bonds for 10 years. Realizing he could do more to help business people, Kip became a Financial Advisor at Merrill and developed a niche, working with Entrepreneurs and business owners. Being an Entrepreneur at heart, Kip started and ran several businesses including opening and running a Northern Italian restaurant in Manhattan as well as a construction company, parking lot management and car rental agencies.
Kip moved to Tampa in March of 2002
Kip became a member of The Rotary Club of Tampa in 2004 after meeting Fred Karl and Charlie Banks. He served as the Club’s President in 2010-2011 and Chair of the Rotary Club of Tampa’s Foundation the following year. Kip is a Major Donor of The Rotary Foundation, a Bequest Society member and a member of the Paul Harris Society.
In addition to his involvement in Rotary, Kip is a graduate of Leadership Tampa Bay Class of 2017.
Kip lives in Tampa with the love of his life, Kelly. Combined, they have three children: Ryan (21) Briana (19) , and Jack (14).
In his free time, Kip is happiest when he’s cooking for a crowd, reading a great book, or helping in the community.