Ellen Robinson is the former general manager of Pepsi Cola Denver where she was responsible for a $150 million business and over 700 employees.She has a successful track record of leadership both in Fortune 100 and entrepreneurial companies.
After an 18 year career in consumer packaged goods (Frito-Lay, Pepsi Cola), sports management (Colorado Avalanche/Denver Nuggets) and technology (Eventconnex), she launched the Robinson Group, a professional services practice focused on building leadership capacity and organizational effectiveness in the private and public sectors.Ellen was born in Massachusetts and received her undergraduate degree un marketing and finance from the Wharton School at the university of Pennsylvania.She has lived in Denver for 25 years with her husband Scott, and their two children ages 18 and 13.
She is actively involved in the Denver community, currently serving as a trustee of Metro State College of Denver, where she chairs the finance committee.She has served on the board if the Greater Metro Denver Chamber of Commerce, Mile High United Way, Caring for Colorado and Citywide Banks.
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Ellen Robinson is a 4th generation Coloradoan, whose family roots go back to 1885.
With the leadership and support of her family, she has established a strong tie to the Rocky Mountain philanthropic and hospitality community.
his tie has enabled her to successfully own and operate ERH & Associates for over 14 years.
Ellen Robinson began her restaurant career in Chicago under the guidance of two hospitality legends-Richard Melman of Lettuce Entertain You Enterprises and Arnie Morton of Morton's Steakhouse.
Ellen worked and learned from both of these individuals during her college years at Northwestern University and has taken this knowledge and used it to successfully operate her own business.
After working in Chicago, Ellen transitioned into the hotel industry, in both sales and catering and worked for over 15 years for Hyatt Hotels, Embassy Suites, Scanticon and finally at Stouffer Renaissance Hotels.
During her tenure in the hotel industry, she opened two new properties and built their catering business from the ground up.Starting as a catering sales manager in the early 1980's, she worked her way up to Director of Catering Sales managing multi-million catering budgets and overseeing a staff of over 50 employees.
Ellen left the hotel industry in 1995 to re-enter the restaurant business.She successfully re-opened Morton's Steakhouse in Lower Downtown Denver (Lodo) and put it on the map as one of the premier steakhouses in the Rocky Mountain Region.
Anxious to start her own business, Ellen left Morton's to open ERH & Associates, Inc., an event planning, marketing and public relations firm focused on the non-profit and hospitality industries.
Ellen planned their opening in 1996 and then cultivated that relationship with the Palm and created and implemented their private dining room program for a chain of 28 restaurants.
She developed their catering sales manual and hired and trained all the private dining room sales managers for over 12 years.
She also brought the "Men's Event" to the Palm Restaurant Group and held over 70 prostate cancer fundraisers at Palms throughout the country for over 10 years.
She was also instrumental in creating and managing "Celebrity Server Events" in both LA and NYC for the Palm.
During her tenure with the Palm, Ellen continued to grow ERH & Associates into one of the premier event and public relations companies in Rocky Mountain Region.
ERH & Associates, Inc. not only coordinates non-profit events, Ellen Robinson is also a very active volunteer in the Denver non-profit community.
She has spearheaded a hugely successful "Women & Wine" fundraiser for Rocky Mountain Cancer Centers Foundation & Dress for Success, which raised over $50,000 each year for these worthy causes and created awareness for their individual missions.
She has served on boards of several local organizations, including AMC Cancer Fund, Denver Public Schools Foundation and Rocky Mountain Cancer Centers Foundation and continues to support many other local organizations.Ellen currently serves on the board for Kempe Foundation.Ellen Robinson
I want to especially thank my wife, Helen, and our son, Teddy, my 84-year-old step-father Bill McDonald (who was still listening to OneRepublic at 11:30 Tuesday night) and brother Sydney Kennedy, who without pay helped build each of our restaurants in Colorado, and the members of my cabinet and Governor's Office staff who are joining me in this journey of public service.
Helen and Teddy and I would like to express our warm appreciation and gratitude to the people who have taken this journey with us.
As Helen and I walked over from Denverâ€™s City Hall this morning, I was reminded that we made nearly the same walk 365 days ago to announce our campaign for Governor.
Ellen S. Robinson, re-appointed to a term expiring Dec. 31, 2014
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