Cole G. Ellis was raised in Lima, Ohio and attended The Ohio State University. He received a Bachelor of Arts degree in communications and business. He resides in Upper Arlington, Ohio and has been a real estate developer for over 20 years. He is president and owner of The Ellis Companies, which develops, constructs and manages self-storage facilities and extended stay hotels in Ohio and Indiana. He is a member of St. Agatha Catholic Church and has is Vice Chair of Catholic Youth Summer Camp. He is married to his wife Michele, and has two children.