Our Profile

The Lipe Group holds over 80 years of advisory experience and works with a small client base in order to provide great attention to each of these relationships. The team is built upon shared values of honesty, integrity, genuine concern for clients, and respect for associates. These values drew the team to join Baird and remain central to their ability to earn the quality client partnerships and maintain the high standards that are Baird traditions.

Find out about the client-focused service for which The Lipe Group is so well known. Contact us today to explore a partnership.

Joe Lipe


Joe began his career over 50 years ago at Hornblower & Weeks, Hemphill, Noyes & Co. in Charlotte.  He then spent 37 years at E.F. Hutton & Co. and its successor firms before joining Baird in 2013.

While at E.F. Hutton, he was appointed Southeast Regional Director by the Investment Advisory Board, where he supervised client portfolios and trained other financial advisors in his pioneering area of expertise, investing through managed accounts. Throughout his career, he has received numerous recognitions and awards.  Most notably, he was named to Smith Barney’s Directors Advisory Group, comprised of 12 of the firm’s leading financial advisors who collaborated on various issues with senior management.

Throughout an extensive career in private wealth management, Joe has always been involved in local community organizations and educational institutions. He has served as chairman of the Charlotte Summer Pops Orchestra, the Charlotte Housing Authority Scholarship Fund, and western North Carolina’s Parish Ministry Fund. He headed the investment and executive committees of the Woodberry Forest School Board of Trustees, and in 2014, was presented with the Distinguished Service Award in recognition of his years of dedicated work on behalf of the school.  He has also chaired the stewardship committee at Myers Park United Methodist Church, served as Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors for Aldersgate and is an emeritus member of the Duke University Divinity School Board of Visitors.  

Joe is a graduate of Woodberry Forest School and Duke University. He and his wife, Carmie, live in Charlotte and have three grown children.  Among his many interests outside of work, his favorite is sailing.

John Lipe, CFP®

Vice President

John brings over 15 years of experience in client advising, having joined Baird in February 2013, after moving from Smith Barney/Morgan Stanley where he began his career as a Financial Advisor. Before that, he served as a senior scientist and project manager for Environmental Services, Inc. in Destin, Florida.

John’s focus is managing the financial affairs of clients who do not have the time or otherwise have access to Baird’s extensive resources to do so themselves. His panoramic and highly customized approach to wealth management combines the three core areas of advanced planning, investment management consulting, and working closely with clients’ legal and tax advisors. John’s primary goal is to build relationships with his clients and to make a meaningful difference in their lives and those of their families.

John, a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™, was named one of the 2018 and 2019 FORBES America’s Top Next-Gen Advisors.  On Wall Street recognized John in 2020 as one of forty top advisors under age forty, and in 2021 he was named a FORBES Best-in-State Wealth Advisor.  John is an Eagle Scout, a graduate of Woodberry Forest School and Duke University and he earned a certificate from the McIntire Business Institute of the University of Virginia. Outside of the office, he is an active member of the local Woodberry and Duke alumni boards, receiving a 2015 Forever Duke Award for his exceptional volunteer service to Duke. In his spare time, John enjoys music, ACC athletics, fitness, and his active Irish Red and White Setter, Riley.

Erin Carpenter

Senior Client Specialist

Erin got her start in the Financial Services industry right out of college, joining Smith Barney in 2004.  She has over 17 years of experience, in positions ranging from client service, to management, to back office of operations and compliance, which provides her with a well-rounded array of competencies that serve The Lipe Group and their clients well.  After nearly nine years with Smith Barney (later merged with Morgan Stanley), Erin joined Wells Fargo Advisors where she earned a ‘Most Valuable Player’ award in her first year and later received the honor of serving as team member of the month within her division.

Erin has a degree in Finance from UNC-Charlotte where she graduated Magna Cum Laude with Honors in Business.  In her junior year, she was the recipient of the Glenn Whaley Memorial Scholarship for finance, an accolade she is still honored to have received. 

She and her husband, Adrian, live in a suburb south of Charlotte with their two dogs, Blu Belle and Josie.  They do not have children of their own, but she loves spending time with her two young nephews, and just helped welcome her first niece into the world.  In addition to spending time with family, she also enjoys watching movies, reading (or listening to) fiction, and crafting.