Robert S. Lipman
President & Chief Executive Officer (CEO)
Robert has worked in this family business since 1973, after graduating from the University of Kentucky. In 1988, Robert purchased Lipman Brothers, Inc., from his family members to become the company's sole owner. In 1995, he founded R.S. Lipman in order to expand into the non-alcoholic and beer sectors of the beverage industry.
Robert's career spans over 35 years in the beverage industry, and he is a former chairman and president of Wine & Spirits Wholesalers of America (WSWA). In April of 2008, Robert was honored by WSWA with the Lifetime Achievement Award. He presently serves on the boards of WSWA, SunTrust Bank (Nashville), eSkye Solutions, Inc., Integrative Healing Technology (IHT), and Nashville Polo Club (president). In 2014, he was inducted into the University of Kentucky Arts and Sciences Hall of Fame, where he is a current member of the Dean’s National Strategy Council. Robert is a lifetime member of the UK Alumni Association and a founding member of the Sigma Alpha Epsilon Alumni Association. In 2001, he created the Research Fund for the Prevention of Drug and Alcohol Abuse in the UK Department of Psychology. More recently, he has established the Robert S. Lipman Graduate Fellowships in History and Psychology to enhance recruitment of top graduate students to the University. Additionally, Robert is affiliated with numerous civic organizations in the Nashville area. He was honored by CommunityNashville as a 2008 Human Relations Award recipient.
Vice President of Sales
Greg, a 35-year veteran in the beverage alcohol industry, is Vice President of Sales for Lipman Brothers. He oversees Lipman’s sales force in all verticals including spirits, wines, beer, N/A beverages and cigars. Prior to joining Lipman’s management team in 1997, Greg spent 13 years in supplier positions with Brown-Forman, Glenmore Distilleries and United Distillers. He received a Bachelor’s Degree from Centre College in Danville, KY.
Vice President of Operations
Lowell is the Vice President of Operations for Lipman Brothers. Prior to joining Lipman, Lowell was in management at MAPCO Express. He served in the U.S. Army from 2000-2008, achieving the rank of Captain with the 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment (Airborne). A graduate of Vanderbilt University’s Owen Graduate School of Management with a Master’s Degree in Business Administration, Lowell also holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Foreign Languages from the U.S. Military Academy.
Director of Sales — Spirits
With over 40 years of Spirits experience Chuck came to Lipman in 2011 with the acquisition of the Tennessee Wine and Spirits Co, where he was Director of Spirit Sales and Retail Sales Manager for 7 years. Prior to that he held many sales and marketing positions for the Joseph E Seagram Corp. He has covered the Southeast, Midwest, Northeast and New England markets. He is a veteran of the US Army [R] and is currently an Officer in the US Coast Guard Auxiliary. Chuck holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from Monmouth University in West Long Branch NJ. He and his family have been in Nashville since 1987.
Director of Sales — Wine
Pat originally joined Lipman in 1985 and worked in many capacities including wine sales manager before leaving to join Pacific Southern Wine Company in 1999 as regional sales manager, covering the southeast United States for multiple wineries. After 12 years of working as a supplier he rejoined Lipman Brothers as Director of Sales in October of 2010. Pat attended Cumberland University in Lebanon, TN.
Director of Sales – Beer
A native of Franklin, TN, Clark joined the Lipman Team in 2014. With more than 20 years experience in the beer industry, Clark's responsibilites include management of the beer and non-alcoholic beverage divisions for Lipman Brothers. Previously, he served as the Craft and Import Beer Manager at Ajax Turner Company (Anheuser-Busch) in Nashville, TN. Clark earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Finance and Marketing from Birmingham-Southern College, where he was a 4-year collegiate soccer athlete.
Director of Sales – On-Premise
Charlie joined the Lipman management team in 1998. He has more than 30 years of on-premise experience in the food and beverage industry, including previous management roles at Rosie O Grady's (Orlando), Cheyenne Saloon (Orlando), Wildhorse Saloon (Nashville), Gaylord Opryland Hotel (Nashville). Charlie graduated from Radford University in Virginia with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Finance.
Director of Information Technologies
Blake joined the Lipman team in 2013. With more than 20 years of experience in the IT field, he oversees the Information Technologies Department including networks, systems, internal development, and server environments. Blake received his degree from the University of North Alabama College of Business and has lived in the Middle Tennessee area since 1999.
National Sales Director – R.S. Lipman Company
Scott is responsible for building and maintaining R.S. Lipman Company’s national sales organization to effectively achieve business objectives. A beverage alcohol industry veteran, Gstell held previous positions with Brown-Forman, Deutsch Family Wine & Spirits, Treasury Wine Estates, and E & J Gallo Winery. He earned a Marketing Degree from Clemson University.Gstell’s previous held positions with Brown-Forman, Deutsch Family Wine & Spirits, Treasury Wine Estates, and E & J Gallo Winery. Gstell earned a Marketing Degree from Clemson University.