About Us

Our Story

Back (left to right): Don, Michelle, Anthony, Evan, Ross, Woody, Robert, David, Mike, Jon, Nick, Sam, Robin, Jennifer 
Front (left to right): Sandy, Stacey, Katelyn, Toni, Kelly, Amy
(Missing from photo – Dan Kelley, Derek Lemke,  Christian Grude)

Ellis Investment Partners, LLC (EIP, LLC) is a Registered Investment Adviser which provides investment management and financial planning services. Named after Ellis Island, the firm is comprised of professionals with significant years of experience within the financial services industry where many of the team members have been together for 10 to 20+ years. EIP, LLC registered with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission in 2012 as a result of overwhelming support from colleagues and clients to move forward as an independent entity, staying true to the firm’s business philosophy.

Our Company Mission & Business Philosophy


In a world dominated by Fear and Greed, three topics constantly come up in discussions within our firm. They are Integrity, Family and Quality of Life. These words resonate within us as we set out to help you reach your financial needs and objectives.

We believe that Integrity is an intrinsic part of one’s being and cannot be taught. It is a quality we seek when adding new members to our firm and we continually hold all existing members of our team to the highest level of integrity in working with clients and colleagues.

We believe that Family is true wealth that cannot be measured. Spending time with family is priceless and protecting the future of your family through sound investments and financial planning is a must.

We believe in the Quality of Life where everyone deserves to be happy. Our involvement in your unique situation, to ensure that your financial house is in good order provides the opportunity for you to enjoy aspects of your life including retirement.


Our clients are located nationwide and include individuals, high-net worth individuals, trusts, estates and charitable organizations, small businesses, pension plans, and other institutional accounts. Due to our significant years of experience, we are extremely familiar with the various situations encountered by our clients. This allows us to assume a role beyond the management of investment portfolios, where we are often involved in the planning process for our clients including budget decisions at the individual and institutional levels.

Business Philosophy

Many companies claim they are committed to their clients. As a privately held company, we are not concerned about a commitment to shareholders which often presents situations for potential conflicts of interest when working with clients. The need to grow earnings for shareholders can challenge even the most reputable corporate executive in his or her decision making. Not only does this corporate drive occasionally result in questionable business practices, which we often hear in the media, it also influences the evolution in the concept of investing. Many strategies have come out of major investment firms which we feel are not consistent with the basic concept of investing. The focus is now on generating returns through whatever means possible versus buying and holding investments with sound fundamentals. While other firms are promoting their “unique” strategies, we choose to focus on the basics of investing and the “unique” situations encountered by our clients. We truly believe our role as “Fiduciary” is not just another marketing buzzword.


What Those Letters Mean

It helps to understand the purpose behind the various designations that our team has achieved.

Chartered Financial Analyst – CFA®

The CFA® Program is a graduate- level program that requires candidates to learn & apply investment knowledge. It is recognized as the gold standard investment credential. Three sequential exams cover ethics, investment tools, asset valuation, portfolio management and wealth planning. Candidates must complete four years of work experience as an investment practitioner and agree to adhere to a strict code of ethics.

Certified Financial Planner – CFP®

The Certified Financial Planner (CFP®) designation identifies to the public those individuals who have met rigorous professional standards and have agreed to the principles of integrity, objectivity, competence, fairness, confidentiality, professionalism and diligence when dealing with clients. After completing seven courses of study, the candidate must pass the comprehensive certification examination, agree to abide by the Code of Ethics and Professional responsibility and rules of conduct which put client’s interests first and spell out what clients should reasonably expect from the financial planning engagement.

Certified Investment Management Analyst® – CIMA®

A Certified Investment Management Analyst® (CIMA®) is the international certification for financial advisors and investment consultants. CIMA® advisors have completed a rigorous process and demonstrate knowledge and competency in a variety of investment management and portfolio construction topics. The CIMA® advisor learns sophisticated, technical investment concepts and how to apply them for individual and institutional clients. .

Chartered Financial Consultant – ChFC®

The Chartered Financial Consultant (ChFC®) program prepares an individual to meet the advanced financial planning needs of individuals, professionals and small business owners. Holders of the designation have completed seven courses providing an in-depth knowledge of the key financial planning disciplines including insurance, income taxation, retirement planning, investment and estate planning. The candidate must complete three years of full time business experience, adhere to a strict code of ethics & complete 30 hours of continuing education every two years.


Certified Fund Specialist – CFS®

The Institute of Business & Finance (IBF) confers this designation to financial service professionals who successfully complete its 60 hour course, pass a comprehensive exam, adhere to IBF’s code of ethics and complete 15 hours of continuing education courses each year. The course teaches technical criteria of mutual fund analysis which enables design of a suitable and efficient portfolio allocation using closed-end, exchange traded and open-end mutual funds.

Retirement Income Certified Professional – RICP®

The RICP® educational curricula is the most complete and comprehensive program available to professional financial advisors looking to help their clients create sustainable retirement income. The rigorous three course credential helps advisors master retirement income planning, a key focus area not fully covered in other professional designation programs. From retirement portfolio management techniques and mitigation of plan risks to the proper use of annuities, employer-sponsored benefits and determining the best Social Security claiming age.

Chartered Life Underwriter – CLU®

The Chartered Life Underwriter (CLU®) is the world’s most respected designation of insurance expertise. Required courses of study include insurance planning, individual life insurance, life insurance law, fundamentals of estate planning and planning for business owners and professionals. Candidates must also complete three years of full-time business experience, adhere to a strict code of ethics and complete 30 hours of continuing education every two years.

Certified Senior Advisor – CSA®

A Certified Senior Advisor (CSA®) is a professional who has completed a rigorous course of instruction in the concerns facing seniors. This course is taught by a nationally recognized panel of experts in social work, law, medicine, gerontology, geriatrics and financial planning. Upon completion of the course, candidates must pass a comprehensive exam to demonstrate their knowledge of the issues and their commitment to meeting the needs of their senior clients.

Chartered Benefit Consultant – CBC

The Chartered Benefit Consultant (CBC) designation identifies the holder as having knowledge in consumer-driven health insurance programs and is designed for agents & brokers who are serious about maintaining the highest degree of professionalism in assisting clients to acquire and understand their health insurance options.

National Social Security Advisor – NSSA®

A National Social Security Advisor  (NSSA®) has successfully completed the education program and passed the NSSA® Certificate Program assessment.  Certificate holders are able to provide thoughtful, strategic, and advice regarding maximization of Social Security filings.

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