Andy Lipman has had the great fortune, beginning very early in both his childhood and his career, of being put into complicated situations and having to figure out how to survive, prosper, and create successful outcomes. This “training” has enabled a calm and fearless approach that Andy brings to life and business. He is a business developer by nature. In his heart, he is a deeply caring soul who loves to nourish others and create a feeling of love and worth. His actions are intended to create harmony and inspire his wife and children.
Andy grew up in the northeast and graduated from Union College in 1989 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering. During this time, he also attended Cambridge University in England and Kansai Gaidai University in Japan, where he studied the Toyota Production System. This training on how to “decompose” an industrial process and “redesign/reassemble” a process in a manner that results in greater efficiency and outcomes became a core set of tools he has applied through his career.
He began his formal career with Andersen Consulting (now Accenture) where, at a very young age, he worked on operations strategy and manufacturing process redesign for clients that included a number of Fortune 500 industrial companies. At Andersen, he was also an early developer and implementer of methodologies and approaches used in business process re-engineering on behalf of large non-industrial companies. He subsequently joined The George Group, a boutique consulting firm specializing in Lean Manufacturing, business process re-engineering and six-sigma, to continue to hone his skills and deliver out-sized value for clients.
In 1994, he joined Kidd, Kamm & Company, a well-established private equity firm based in Greenwich, CT and in 1996 co-founded the successor firm Kidd & Company. As a principal with Kidd & Company, Andy founded and was responsible for building and driving value for several companies, including Chatham Technologies, Medsource Technologies, Empower Health and Infinity Bio-Energy.
Andy’s role in each of these businesses has spanned from the initial idea/thesis through company formation, strategy development, acquisition sourcing, negotiation and closing, transaction financing, management team recruitment and oversight, and strategy execution. While Andy also has deep transactional and financing experience (having closed over 30 acquisitions with companies that were not for sale and raised in excess of $1 billion in equity and debt financing), his passion and true value-add is in identifying and executing seminal/strategic events for these companies that have served to drive step function equity value growth and positioning for premium exits.
In 2007, along with his partner and best friend, Rich Rakowski, he founded Intersection, LLC.
Andy has worked and lived internationally and has a deep interest in developing business models that can have a great impact in both the U.S. and other areas of the world that may be in greater need. He is an avid guitarist and aspiring (but aging) basketball player.