Joe Ellis is in his sixth season as President of the Denver Broncos in 2016 and his third year as Chief Executive Officer after adding those responsibilities in 2014.
In his 22nd season with the Broncos, Ellis owns extensive experience and expertise at both the club and league level through his 29 seasons in the NFL. Having worked with Owner Pat Bowlen for nearly three decades, Ellis has been entrusted to operate the team with full authority while serving as the Broncos’ representation for all league matters.
Ellis’ leadership skills and business knowledge have helped the Broncos strengthen their reputation as one of the most successful and fan-friendly franchises in all of professional sports. He has earned significant recognition from his peers and throughout the Rocky Mountain Region for the Broncos’ emphasis on community involvement and civic responsibility.
Calling Colorado his home for more than 20 years, Ellis brings a comprehensive understanding of what the Denver Broncos mean to the state and surrounding community. The Broncos’ positive presence and impact in the region during Ellis’ tenure with the team has evoked inspiration and action through numerous flagship partnerships and other community initiatives.
The Broncos enjoyed their 45th consecutive season of sellouts in 2014—the longest active streak in the NFL—as their record-setting home attendance mark at Sports Authority Field at Mile High was complemented by impressive local television rating figures.
On a national level, the Broncos were recognized by a 2014 Harris poll that named the franchise “America’s Team.” Denver’s six national-televised games reached a total of 128 million viewers while more than 1.5 million fans—home and away—watched the team play in person.
The club has made its gameday experience a priority under Ellis, embracing innovation and technology to improve fan engagement, satisfaction and safety. Ellis worked to secure a $30 million investment in Sports Authority Field at Mile High during the 2013 offseason that increased the size of its scoreboard by three times while enhancing all stadium audio/visual elements, suites and concourses.
Ellis also oversaw more than $35 million in major expansions and renovations at the team’s Dove Valley headquarters in 2014. The capital improvement project, which included the construction of a state-of-the-art indoor practice facility, provides the Broncos with one of the most elite training centers in all of sports.
Widely respected within the NFL and the sports industry, Ellis has cultivated strong relationships both locally with community leaders as well as nationally with key league executives and business partners. He has established a solid structure at the top of the organization along with an overall direction that has poised the Broncos for sustained success both on and off the field.
Ellis worked closely with Mr. Bowlen to hire Executive Vice President of Football Operations/ General Manager John Elway in January 2011, bringing back the Broncos’ Pro Football Hall of Fame quarterback and giving him the responsibility of building a championship football team. He maintains daily communication with Elway as well as Head Coach Gary Kubiak regarding all football matters.
With comprehensive experience in the areas of stadium operations and personnel management, Ellis’ numerous responsibilities with the club’s business operations include overseeing its financial management, marketing and sales, media relations, community relations, ticket operations and facilities.
A driving force behind the opening of Sports Authority Field at Mile High in 2001, Ellis oversees Stadium Management Company (SMC), which operates and manages the state-of-the-art facility.
During his participation in all aspects of the stadium’s administration and development, he has worked very closely with important members of the political, business and civic communities that comprise the cultural fabric of Denver.
Before he was named team president, Ellis spent 2008-10 as the Broncos’ chief operating officer and 1998-2007 as the club’s executive vice president of business operations. He began his 20-year relationship with the Broncos in 1983 as their director of marketing, leading the club’s marketing and promotional efforts for three seasons.
A representative of the Broncos on numerous boards and civic organizations in the metropolitan area, Ellis received his bachelor’s degree from Colorado College in 1980.
Joe and his wife, Ann, have three children: sons Si and Zander, and daughter Catherine.