Earnie Ellison, Jr. is the Managing Partner of Ellison Consulting Group, LLC; a sports industry (professional and amateur) diversity and inclusion consultancy headquartered in Palm Beach Gardens, FL. The firm’s capabilities include developing diversity and inclusion strategies that primarily focus on executive staffing and talent optimization, diverse suppliers sourcing, diverse clientele activation, community image and crisis management.
Formerly the PGA of America Director of Business and Community Relations, Earnie is widely recognized for his vanguard approach to creating a culture of diversity and inclusion within the world’s largest working sports organization. He is one of the first executives with direct responsibility to lead and influence D&I changes within the golf industry. He also changed PGA’s community relations image by creating partnerships with organizations that primarily focus on equality and inclusion for the under-represented populations. During his 17 years at the PGA of America, Ellison earned a reputation as a valuable diversity and community engaging resource for many PGA partners, golf associations and companies. Prior to the PGA, Earnie spent over 22 years in various financial managerial positions on both domestic and international assignments while working for IBM and Unisys Corporations.
Earnie is a graduate of Alabama A&M University and is a much sought after speaker on the subject of diversity within the sports arena. He has received several prestigious awards and honors in recognition of the contributions he has made within communities across the USA.
In July 2016 Mr. Ellison will become the Chairman for the United Way of Palm Beach County. He is on the Palm Beach County Business Development Board, Black Chamber of Commerce Palm Beach County Board, and the Children Golf Foundation that oversee the First Tee of Palm Beach, Treasure Coast and Broward Counties; and he is on the World Golf Foundation Diversity Task Force and the National Red Cross Diversity Advisory Council.
Earnie is the proud parent of Paula, Brent and Jason; and grandparent to Kendra and Distinee.Earnie Ellison, Jr.