John Ellis Named Special Projects Director
BelzEnterprises has named John Ellis to the newly created position of Special Projects Director for the company. Formerly vice president of the Belz Factory Outlet World Leasing Division, John will continue to provide assistance to the companyís outlet division while becoming involved in other projects within the companyís portfolio.
"Since joining Belz Enterprises over 23 years ago, John has proven to be an invaluable asset to our Factory Outlet Divisionís growth," said Andrew J. Groveman, president of Belzís Factory Outlet Division. "His leadership, vision, and devotion have enormously benefited not only our company, but also the factory outlet industry as a whole."
Known affectionately as the "Mayor of the Outlet Industry," in 1979 John was instrumental in Belzís efforts to open the nationís first newly constructed factory outlet mall in Lakeland, Tennessee.
Ellis was founder and president of the Developers of Outlet Centers U.S.A. (DOC) and served on Value Retail Newsí Advisory Board from 1990-1994. Among his numerous industry awards are the VRN Founders Award and the DOCís Founders and Leadership Award, both received in 1992. He has also served as a lecturer and contributing writer for many industry publications.