Mike Ellis, Chairman
With over 30 years of jet aircraft sales experience and 15 years of operational and flight department experience, Mike is recognized as one of the most knowledgeable experts in the jet aircraft industry today.
Mike joins us following his tenure as managing director of Global Jet Capital, where he was responsible for all aviation assets in their 1.5 billion dollar portfolio, including over 300 corporate aircraft. He has held leadership roles at several aviation companies including Vice President of Pre Owned and Mid Cabin Sales at Gulfstream and Vice president of Flight Operations and Pre Owned at Hawker Beechcraft.
With over 1200 jet aircraft transactions worth several billion dollars, Mike has experience with most major corporations, high net worth individuals and governments around the world.
Shane Ellis, President
Shane is the founder and President of Ellis & Ellis and has been serving corporate aviation clients for 20 years. He has been involved in leading and managing aviation organizations for both domestic and international companies his entire career. His desire to create a company that is focused on client relationships and ethical practices were the inspirations for Ellis & Ellis.
He has served as a Vice President of sales for Hawker Beechcraft, Textron Aviation and has also spent time with Piaggio Aero and a few of the leading brokerage houses. Shane has completed over 250 aircraft transactions worth nearly 800 million dollars.
Shane has also led startups and turnarounds for aircraft dealers and a large aviation jet fuel provider. He has a BS in Political Science from Georgia Southern University and an MBA from the University of Texas at Tyler. He is an instrument rated pilot and owns and operates his own aircraft.
Justin Appelman, Vice President
Justin is a co-founder of Ellis & Ellis and brings over 15 years of business and aviation experience to the firm. He previously served as Director of sales and safety for a family owned oil, natural gas and energy manufacturing company, where he also managed the company’s aircraft.
Justin’s aviation career includes serving as Regional Sales Manager with the aviation medical safety company MedAire and as a Sales Manager for Avtrak, selling aircraft maintenance tracking software. He started his aviation career with Mike Ellis & Associates, a boutique aircraft sales and acquisitions firm where he is proud to have been mentored by long time industry veterans Mike Ellis and Carl Shore.
Justin received a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Operations Management with concentration in manufacturing and safety from Northeastern State University. He resides in Tulsa, Oklahoma with his wife and three children.
Erin Hauser, Vice President of Marketing
Erin brings over 10 years of marketing and aviation experience to Ellis & Ellis. She has gained extensive knowledge in the aviation industry having served in management roles in multiple aviation organizations throughout her career. Through these roles, she has learned the ins and outs of how to best serve clients, whether marketing aircraft sales, management, or consulting services.
Erin graduated from Kansas State University with a Bachelor of Arts and from Washburn University with an MBA with an emphasis in marketing. She resides in Fort Collins, CO with her husband and two boys.
Chris Haupt, Director of Sales, Southeast Region
Chris Haupt was born and raised in Savannah, Georgia. He is an avid outdoors man, pilot, boat captain, actor, water safety expert, marine coordinator, aviation and marine consultant, and producer. Chris attended Georgia Southern University, Middle Georgia College, and Sea School. He ultimately graduated with a degree in flight, and a USCG captain’s license.
Chris’s love of aircraft began at an early age, and has progressed steadily since childhood. You can also find him on movie sets working as an actor, stuntman, consulting, and most recently he served as the marine coordinator for a feature film. Chris truly loves any challenge.
Chris spends his free time flying, offshore fishing, traveling, and exploring the Georgia and South Carolina coast.