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Prior to joining Carmike Cinemas, Ellis held the role of Executive Vice President, General Counsel, and Secretary at Lodgian, Inc. and LSREF Peach Investments, LLC, which acquired Lodgian last year. Brands associated with Lodgian, a major independent hotel owner and operator, include InterContinental Hotel Group brands, Marriott brands, and two Hilton brands.
Before taking on employment with Lodgian, Ellis spent two years at Stokes Lazarus & Carmichael, LLP in Atlanta. As an associate attorney, he was largely involved in providing representation for hotel owners. From 1995 to 1997, Ellis served as an Assistant District Attorney for the State of Georgia, during which time he functioned as the lead attorney in more than 30 jury trials.
Ellis earned his JD cum laude from the University of Mississippi. He holds a MBA from Mercer University and a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from Georgia Southern University. He is the Treasurer of Georgia's American Corporate Counsel Association Chapter and a Board Member of the Foster Care Support Foundation of Georgia.
''We are delighted to add a seasoned veteran of Dan Ellis' caliber to our senior executive team. My Carmike colleagues and fellow board members believe his wide range of expertise in various real estate and corporate transactions will benefit our entire organization,'' said Passman in connection with Ellis' arrival.
Prior to his start date, Ellis said that he was both excited and honored to work at Carmike, calling it ''a pioneer in digital cinema.''
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