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Joe Ellis is in his ninth season as president of the Denver Broncos in 2019 and his sixth year as chief executive officer after adding those responsibilities in 2014. Having worked with Owner Pat Bowlen for nearly three decades, Joe has been entrusted to operate the team with full authority while serving as the Broncos’ representation for all league matters. Before being named team president, Joe spent 2008-2010 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 until he left following the 1985 season to obtain his master’s degree from the J.L. Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University. Joe graduated from Northwestern in 1988 and joined the NFL in 1990 as vice president of club administration and stadium management. Named ColoradoBiz’s CEO of the Year in 2017, he represents the Broncos on numerous boards and civic organizations in the metropolitan area, including his role as board president of Broncos Charities. Joe and his wife Ann have three children: sons Si and Zander, and daughter Catherine.