Kip Volpe

Vice President/Treasurer,
The Estes Co.

Kip is the Vice President and Treasurer for The Estes Co. and the President of Estes Land and Development Company, a multi-generational, full spectrum Tucson and Arizona real estate development company which has built over 35,000 homes in Arizona, developed master planned communities such as Ventana Canyon, La Reserve, Rancho del Lago and Midvale Park and numerous office buildings and shopping centers. In addition to the Estes development activities, Kip represents ownership of its various Estes related entities including Loews Ventana Canyon Resort and Vail Water Company.

With Vail Water, Kip negotiated a pioneering Wheeling Agreement with Tucson Water to deliver CAP water directly to Vail’s customers.  As a member of Southern Arizona Leadership Council, Kip currently serves as co-chair of the Tucson Regional Water Coalition.  He also was an alternate delegate (with SALC President Ted Maxwell) to Governor Ducey’s Arizona Drought Contingency Plan Steering Committee from 2018-2019.

Kip graduated in 1978 with a B.S. in Accounting from the University of Arizona and received his Certified Public Accountant certificate in 1980. He worked with Big 8 and national accounting firms Peat, Marwick, Mitchell & Co. (now known as KPMG) and Kenneth Leventhal & Company (now known as Ernst & Young) from 1978-82 which provided him with a diverse industry background including real estate. In his 40+ years with Estes, Kip has also served as the Controller of the Community Development Division, Owners’ Representative for varied businesses such as professional baseball teams including the Tucson Toros, country clubs including Ventana Canyon Golf and Racquet Club and Del Lago Golf Club, and a cable television company, among assorted other roles.

Kip was appointed as a Trustee to the Roman Catholic Diocese of Tucson’s Pooled Parish Investment Trust in 2005 in which he served in the capacity of Treasurer. He was requested by Bishop Gerald Kicanas to serve on Long Range Planning Committee for the Diocese. Kip sat on the Governing and Corporate Board of Directors of the Wildcat School, an innovative charter school established in partnership with the University of Arizona. Kip is a member of the Centurions of Southern Arizona and is the President of the Centurion Foundation, a civic group that has given nearly $10 million to local hospitals and charities.  Kip is also President of the Rialto Theatre Foundation, a not-for-profit, historic, downtown Tucson entertainment venue which, with its sister venue 191 Toole, produces over 400 shows a year.

Kip is married to Joanne Volpe and has a son, Kellen.