Born and raised in San Jose, CA, Fred Hipwell enjoys bicycling, hiking and spending time with his family. He met his wife at UCLA and began his career in public accounting with PwC in 1985. The couple has two sons, Nick (21), a senior studying sociology at UC Santa Cruz and Vince (19), a sophomore studying chemistry at UC Berkeley.
“My best vacation every year is spending the holidays in Lake Tahoe skiing with my family,” said Fred. “Every run is the same: Nick is boarding, looking for every jump; Vince is popping in and out of the trees; and Kris and I are cruising the corduroy.”
Fred and his wife collect wine and bourbon and enjoy spending time in Carmel, CA and Lake Tahoe. He also just completed a rim-to-river-to-rim 16-mile hike at the Grand Canyon in one day.
“Las Vegas will always be our home: we moved here in 1994 and this has been a fantastic community to raise our family, make friends and enjoy life,” said Fred.
As the managing partner of PwC’s Las Vegas office, Fred’s primary focus is on helping clients and employees to be successful.
“Every single day I work to develop long-lasting relationships with our clients and deliver value in everything our team does,” said Fred. “We have a great team of professionals in our Las Vegas office, and the opportunity to recruit, train and work every day with people who are the best at what they do keeps me young.”
Fred says that he can’t remember when he began supporting the United Way in Las Vegas, but he still has a 2001 Gold Knight badge. He has supported United Way at the Tocqueville level since 2008.
“I trust the United Way with my contributions because I know this organization will ensure that my dollars, and everyone’s dollars, are efficiently used to make a real impact in our community,” said Fred. ”We give to the United Way year-after-year because of this organization’s deep integrity and the ability to have our dollars support literally hundreds of great community charities.”