Mr. Kipp is Vice President of Hallmark Cards, Inc., the world’s largest publisher of greeting cards, and Chairman of the Board of Crown Center, a Hallmark subsidiary. He also serves on the board of the Hall Family Foundation. Prior to joining the corporation in 1983, he was city manager of Kansas City, Missouri, an assignment that followed 20 years in management of cities in Kansas, Ohio and Missouri.
Mr. Kipp graduated from the University of Kansas with a degree in civil engineering in 1952. After serving in the United States Air Force as a communications and electronics staff officer, he received his master’s of public administration from the University of Kansas in 1956. He taught engineering at the University while completing his master’s.
He is currently Vice President of the board of the Kansas City Symphony. He serves on the boards of the Metropolitan Kansas City Performing Arts Centre, Kansas City Area Life Sciences Institute and the University of Kansas Center for Research. He is also a member of the University of Kansas Edwards Campus board of advisors.
Mr. Kipp has held various civic positions. He is past chairman of the board of trustees and board of directors of Midwest Research Institute, past chairman of the board of the Civic Council of Greater Kansas City, past chairman of the board of the Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce and past president of Starlight Theatre.
He is a fellow of the National Academy of Public Administration and is past president of the International City/County Management Association. He is a recipient of the University of Kansas Distinguished Service Award, the National Public Service Award, the William Jewell College Distinguished Service Medallion, the Urban League Distinguished Leadership Award, the Baker University Distinguished Leadership Award, and the Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce Kansas Citian of the Year Award (2000).