General Larry Ellis is CEO of ESSE, an Atlanta, Georgia-based company that provides Consulting Services, quality one-stop total Facilities Management and Security Services. After retiring from the Army, Larry Ellis joined the Board of Point Blank Solutions and later served as its President and Chief Executive Officer. Currently, he serves as a gubernatorial appointee to the Board of Regents for Morgan State University and as Director on several not-for-profit Boards: The Armed Forces Benefit Association that aids those on active duty, veterans, and civilian first responders; the Shepherd Center specializing in medical treatment, research and rehabilitation for people with spinal cord and traumatic brain injuries; the America Korea Friendship Society– a community organization that fosters and strengthens the relationship between the peoples of the United States and the Republic of Korea; HINRI focuses on bringing servant leadership, compassion and innovation to solving the world’s most difficult health challenges and the Advisory Board for the School of Public Health at Indiana University. Of late, General Ellis served as a Presidential appointee on the American Battle Monuments Commission, the US Congressionally authorized Vietnam War 50th Commemoration Advisory Committee and as a gubernatorial appointee to the Board of Regents for the University System of Georgia.
General Ellis’ military career included leadership positions across the globe. He served overseas for nearly half of his military career. He led in units of the First Armored Division while deployed in Bosnia and Herzegovina, the United Nations Command in South Korea, the US Pacific Command in Hawaii, and the US European Command in Germany and the Balkans. In addition, he served in senior command and staff positions at the Pentagon in Washington, DC. In 2001, he was promoted to Four Star General and served as Commander of the US Army Forces Command headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia.
General Ellis’ military awards include the Defense Distinguished Service Medal, the Army Distinguished Service Medal, the Defense Superior Service Medal, the Legion of Merit, the Bronze Star Medal, the Meritorious Service Medal, the Air Medal, the Army Commendation Medal, the National Defense Service Medal, the Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, the Vietnam Cross of Gallantry, the Vietnam Service Medal, the Vietnam Campaign Medal, the Korean Cheonsu Medal, the Korea Defense Service Medal, the German Armed Forces Honor Cross, the NATO Medal, the Combat Infantryman Badge and the Senior Parachutist Badge.
His honors include an Honorary Doctor of Laws, Honorary Master of Strategic Studies, the Indiana University Distinguished Alumni Service Award, the Morgan State University Distinguished Alumni Award, the NAACP National Service Award, the NAACP Frederick Douglass Leadership Medal, the Ellis Island Medal of Honor, the ROCK of the Year Award, the USO Patriot Award, and the Rotary International Paul Harris Fellow Award. General Ellis earned a Bachelor of Science in Public Health from Morgan State University and a Master of Science in Public Health from Indiana University. He is currently serving on the KDVA Council of Advisors.