A United States Army veteran and the Chairman of American Defense International, Inc., Van Hipp is also a published author and political commentator whose insights have appeared on Newsmax and Fox News. Prior to beginning his career, Van Hipp studied at Wofford College, where he was a member of the Pi Kappa Phi fraternity.
Pi Kappa Phi operates on seven core values:
1. Personal responsibility. Members must live their lives according to their personal values and the values they commit to as part of Pi Kappa Phi’s Ritual of Initiation.
2. Accountability. All must abide by Pi Kappa Phi’s standards of conduct and hold themselves accountable for their actions. Beyond this, members must uphold respect for any fraternity brother who fails in his duties.
3. Loyalty. All commitments to Pi Kappa Phi must supersede personal desires.
4. Achievement. Each Pi Kappa Phi member must excel in the areas he has a passion for.
5. Citizenship. Members must take seriously their duty to serve and lead in order to create a better world.
6. Campus involvement. Members must engage in campus activities and become full members of their college’s community.
7. Lifetime membership. Alumni commit to retaining involvement in Pi Kappa Phi following graduation and doing what they can to create a better fraternity.