Joe Ellis

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Joe Ellis
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Ellis in 2019
Personal information
Born: (1957-11-16) November 16, 1957 (age 64)
Colorado, U.S.
Career information
College: Colorado College (B.A., 1980)
Northwestern University (M.A., 1988)
Career history
As an administrator:
Career highlights and awards

Josiah Wear Ellis [1] (born November 16, 1957) is a former American football executive who was the president and CEO of the Denver Broncos of the National Football League (NFL).



Ellis received his bachelor's degree from Colorado College in 1980. He attended graduate school at the L. Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University to obtain his Master's Degree. Joe graduated from Northwestern in 1988. [2]


Ellis began his career in the NFL with the Denver Broncos as their Director of Marketing from 1983 to 1985. After obtaining his master's degree, he served the league as Vice President of Club Administration and Stadium Management until rejoining the Broncos in 1998 as their Executive Vice President of Business Operations. Joe acted in this capacity for 10 years. In 2008, Joe became the team's Chief Operating Officer. He maintained this position for 3 seasons, until January 5, 2011. After 13 years with the Denver Broncos organization, he was elevated to the position of President of the Denver Broncos.

After owner and previous president Pat Bowlen was diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease, Ellis took control of the team. [2] In August 2022, Ellis stepped down from his position after the Walton Penner group was approved as the new owners of the Broncos. [3]

Personal life

Ellis lives in Colorado, with his wife, Ann. They have three children: two sons, Si and Zander, and a daughter, Catherine. [2] He is also a member of the Bush family through his mother Nancy Walker Bush Ellis, respectively making him the nephew and cousin of former US Presidents George H. W. Bush and George W. Bush. [4] Ellis tested positive for COVID-19 in November 2020. [5]

Awards and honors

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  2. 1 2 3 "Joe Ellis–Staff Directory". Denver Broncos. Retrieved February 25, 2022.
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