David Ellis, MBA
President, CEO & Independent Trustee
David founded Ellis Capital Management in March 1997 on the premise of helping people with their financial needs at an economical price. He offered trust and estate administrative services. Since then, Ellis Capital Management has remained in West Michigan and now has offices in Muskegon and Grand Rapids. In 2009, Ellis Capital Management was registered with the SEC as an investment advisor. Ellis Capital Management is also currently a member of the Investment Adviser Registration Depository, a division of Licensing And Regulatory Affairs through the State of Michigan.
Ellis Capital Management provides investment advisory services to individuals and trusts. David Ellis is an independent trustee and provides probate administration services. David has been in the financial services business since 1974. Prior to Ellis Capital Management, he worked at two separate independent banks where he started trust departments. Before leaving the last trust department, the assets had exceeded $100 million. David has a MBA in Finance from Western Michigan University, and he has received his designations as a Certified Trust and Financial Advisor from the ABA National Graduate School at Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois.
Mr. Ellis also owns Ellis Fiduciary Services, providing trustee, probate, and conservator administration services to Muskegon, Grand Rapids, and the rest of West Michigan. Mr. Ellis has worked in the trust and investment services industry for over thirty six years.
David is a member of the West Michigan and Lakeshore Estate Planning Councils, and No More Sidelines Board of Directors. David has also been a member of Grand Rapids Lions, Muskegon Rotary Club, Mercy Health Partners Major Gifts Committee, American Red Cross, and Friends of Hackley Public Library. David was a founding member of the Curious Kids Museum in St. Joseph, Michigan, the St. Rose Foundation, and the Hastings Educational Enrichment Foundation.
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CFO & COO
In addition to her position as Chief Financial Officer and Chief Operations Officer, Kathy serves as Ellis Capital Management's compliance officer. Her responsibilities include managing all aspects of financial reporting, overseeing and managing regulatory compliance issues, daily operations, employee benefit programs, and cash management.
Prior to joining Ellis Capital Management in 2006, Kathy had shared ownership of a retail furniture store and was their CFO and corporate secretary/treasurer. Kathy managed and was responsible for over $3.5 million in accounts receivable during her retail tenure. Kathy has a business degree with an emphasis on finance.
Kathy currently serves on the Board of Directors for No More Sidelines as its Treasurer. In prior years she worked with environmental organizations throughout the community. Kathy enjoys hiking, biking, kayaking, reading, and creative crafting.
Client Relations Support Assistant
Katie focuses her time on handling all Grand Rapids office needs, connecting with and ensuring that our client's needs are accurately and efficiently met, and assisting wealth management advisers and trust fiduciaries in advancing client accounts.
Katie grew up in Lowell, Michigan, and is a Grand Valley State University graduate with a Bachelor's of Science in Communication Studies. Katie previously worked for Healthzone Chiropractic. Katie focused on client needs at Healthzone by teaching clients, and the community, about the benefits of living healthy and chiropractic care.
Katie is passionate about helping others live a healthy lifestyle and achieve their individual goals. In her free time, Katie enjoys exercising, boating, and spending time with her family and friends.
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Operations Support Specialist
Laura focuses her time maintaining monthly and quarterly Trust statements, preparing the probate accountings for Conservatorships, managing client bill pay, and handles RIA forms processing.
Prior to working at Ellis Capital Management, Laura worked extensively in the retail and insurance industries. Laura joined Ellis Capital Management as an Administrative Assistant in 2010 and has a degree in accounting from Baker College.
Laura volunteers her time in aiding physically challenged adults. In her down time, Laura enjoys traveling, camping, reading, photography, and taking in as many activities with her many nieces and nephews as possible.