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Joe Ellis Named ColoradoBiz CEO Of The Year

Team President Joe Ellis earned a prestigious award for his contributions to the Denver Broncos.

The awards keep rolling in for the Denver Broncos as Chairman and CEO Joe Ellis was named today as the ColoradoBiz CEO of the year for 2016.

For those who aren’t familiar with the executive head of the Broncos organization, Ellis began his NFL career as the Director of Marketing for the team from 1983 to 1985. Ellis even worked for the league directly as its Vice President of Club Administration and Stadium Management but was eventually swayed by Broncos owner Pat Bowlen to rejoin the franchise and serve as the Executive Vice President of Business Operations until 2008.

It was at that point that Ellis would be named the Chief Operating Officer and would hold that distinction for the next three seasons. Most importantly, when Mr. Bowlen was forced to relinquish the day-to-day operations of the team, his duties passed to Joe Ellis, elevating him to team President, the capacity he serves in currently.

Since 2011, the list of accomplishments the team has achieved is remarkable. Ellis has been the head of a franchise that has racked up five consecutive AFC West Division titles, 68 combined regular season and playoff wins for a lofty .731 winning percentage. Last but certainly not least, Ellis was at the helm of Denver's AFC Championship and a Super Bowl victory at the end of last season.

Off the field, Ellis has grown the team financially.  According to Forbes magazine, the team has risen in value during Ellis’s tenure, going from $1.5 billion to $2.4 billion as of August 2016. At the same time, Ellis is responsible for the team's 200+ employees, while also managing important financial dealings that go in hand with an NFL organization.

Ellis oversees both tenents that reside at Sports Authority Field at Mile High (the Broncos and the Outlaws), as well as all the scrutiny that comes with such a high-profile position of running a successful NFL franchise.

It is not coincidental that successful franchises have strong leaders at the top of their corporate ladder and a prime example of that is the Denver Broncos. With Mr. Bowlen surprisingly stepping down, it left massive shoes to fill.

Joe Ellis has handled that burden with all the class and dignity that we would expect of owner Pat Bowlen.

Adam Uribes is an Analyst for Mile High Huddle. You can find him on Twitter @auribes37.

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