Robert S. Lipman
RSL Holdings – Lipman Brothers, R.S. Lipman Company, R.S. Lipman Brewing Company
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 to expand into the non-alcoholic and beer sectors of the beverage industry. In 2017, Robert formed RSL Holdings, a parent company for Lipman Brothers LLC (distributor), R.S. Lipman Company (supplier) and R.S. Lipman Brewing Company (breweries). With Robert at the helm, RSL Holdings operates nationwide as well as internationally.
Robert’s career spans over 45 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), Integrative Healing Technology (IHT) (Co-Chairman), MACMAC Marketplace, iControl Data 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. 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.