USC Business Dean to Be Honored by L.A. Boy Scouts

Jim Ellis
Jim Ellis

The Boys Scouts of America Greater Los Angeles Area Council will honor Jim Ellis, dean of USC’s Marshall School of Business, at its Business Leaders’ Breakfast on March 15.
Ellis, who lives in San Marino, will be honored alongside Steven Ballmer, co-chair of the Ballmer Group and owner of the L.A. Clippers. The event runs from 6:30-9 a.m. on Wednesday, March 15, at the Millennium Biltmore Hotel in downtown L.A.
Ellis was appointed dean of Marshall School and holder of the Robert R. Dockson Dean’s Chair in Business Administration in April 2007. He also has held a full-time appointment as a professor in the department of marketing since 1997, and continues to teach the school’s freshman leadership colloquium class.
Before being appointed dean, Ellis was USC’s vice provost for globalization, responsible for building the USC name worldwide. At the Marshall School, he previously served as vice dean for external relations and as associate dean for undergraduate programs. From 1998 to 2003, he directed the Family Business Program, running seminars for families in business.
Ellis worked in the corporate world from 1970 to 1997. He was president and CEO of Porsche Design from 1985 to 1990. From 1990 to 1997, he was chairman and CEO of Port O’Call Pasadena, an upscale home accessory retailer, as well as an owner or partner in six other companies.
Ellis was a member of the Young Presidents Organization for 14 years, during which time he served two terms as chairman of the San Gabriel Valley Chapter and one term as regional vice president, and for six years was a member of the International Board of Directors. He is also a past chairman of the Pasadena Chamber of Commerce.
Ellis sits on numerous corporate and nonprofit boards and has addressed organizations around the world on business topics.
At USC in 2003, Ellis was honored with both the Teaching Has No Boundaries Award, co-sponsored by the university’s Center for Excellence in Teaching, and the Golden Apple Award, given by USC Marshall School students. In 2004, he received the USC Parents’ Association’s Outstanding Teaching and Mentoring Award.
Ellis holds an MBA from Harvard Business School and a bachelor’s in business administration from the University of New Mexico.
The Business Leaders’ Breakfast serves to recognize local leaders and help network members of the L.A. business community to help support local Boy Scouts, Cub Scouts, Explorers and Venturing Scouts chapters.
Individual tickets are $95 and there are a variety of sponsorship options ranging from $950 to $50,000. For more information, contact development secretary Cecilia Nazarian at (213) 413-4400, ext. 311, or at or by visiting

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