Captain makes move from Air Force high-tech to Space Coast bricks and mortar


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Greg and Jenny Ellingson own Ellingson Properties.

SENIOR LIFE courtesy of Greg Ellington

Greg Ellingson credits the disciplined work ethic he developed during his years with the Air Force for his success in the real estate and construction fields. He has literally made a name for himself on the Space Coast as the broker/owner of Ellingson Properties, the boutique real estate firm he owns in conjunction with Echelon Builders.

He firmly believes his experience as an Air Force officer and his training at the Air Force Academy has served him well in the real estate field. 

A few months back, Ellingson made news with the opening of his Space Coast Business Center, a 10,000-square-foot, top-of-the-line, one-stop shop for all matters real estate. The Rockledge complex on U.S. Highway 1 will take prospective homebuyers through the entire process, from finding the home of their dreams to building it, financing it, insuring it, decorating it and maintaining the income stream necessary to keep it. As part of Ellingson’s paying it forward philosophy, part of the building also is available for special events by local nonprofits.

“Being able to offer clients a full range of services is why we continue to have back-to-back record-setting years,” Ellingson said. 

A graduate of the Air Force Academy, Ellingson played college football for the Falcons, yet still managed to graduate in 1997 at the top of his class and as the number one in his management major. 

“I was offered a scholarship to graduate school and teaching opportunities at the Academy,” Ellingson said. 

His Air Force assignments took him to Los Angeles Air Force Base, where he worked on military communication systems while honing his skills on contract specialties and finance. The job took him to Cape Canaveral during a three-year period to oversee launch operations.

In 2001, right after September 11, Capt. Ellingson moved to the Cape, where he served as the primary launch site representative for MILSATCOM, directing a team of 80 government contractors in verifying launch readiness of satellites valued at more than $420 million. His stint at the Cape included the launch of four military communications satellites, taking the lead for on-site launch operations of the $2.3 billion Defense Satellite Communication System constellation and the development of the first-ever launch processing and satellite integration procedures for the then new Delta IV.

When Ellingson discovered the great potential in Brevard real estate, he began investing in area properties in his spare time. When he retired from the Air Force in 2005, it was easy for him to transition into real estate full time and, in 2007, Ellingson Properties was born. Not too long thereafter, Ellingson Properties had a baby sister company, Echelon Builders, which specializes in custom building, move-in-ready homes, commercial real estate, interior design and professional staging. 

Because of the technological expertise he developed during his Air Force years, Ellingson easily connects his clients with the information-based products that are so critical in today’s real estate market. 

One of Brevard’s top selling and listing agents, Ellingson has never lost sight of the important lessons he learned serving his country.

“The Air Force taught me how important it is to serve others,” he said.

“The real estate business is all about being an advocate for your clients and the community.”