Ellen, originally from Chicago, IL, graduated with a B.S. in Economics from University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana, Illinois in 1988, then she decided to leave the cold weather and head to the West Coast to California.
In 1991, Ellen obtained her M.B.A from Pepperdine University, Malibu, CA in 2 years and began her career with a Fortune 500 company in Los Angeles.
After gaining experience from her corporate career, Ellen formed her own company, Brand Merchandising, and developed it into a very successful service company in the western half of the U.S. Upon selling her company, she and her husband, Tom, relocated to Boston, MA.
Ellen is the Marketing Director and owner of Tom Smith Land and Homes and now resides in Madison, MS with her husband and two children.