Leon Ellman is Chairman of the JLE Group, a private equity investment and management and investment consulting firm based in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. He is also a partner in Ellman Family Vineyards in Napa, California.
Previously, Leon was Founder and Chairman of the Sherwood Bedding Group, a bedding company he started with his family, a majority of which was acquired by the Tempur Sealy company in 2020 while Leon and his family retained a minority interest and continue to manage the Sherwood division.
A native of South Africa who moved to Florida in 1974, Leon is a graduate of the University of KwaZulu-Natal. He is on the Board of Directors of JINSA and Beit Issie Shapiro, and a supporter of many other organizations in the pro-Israel space including Friends of the IDF and Tikvot. He is a widely respected business leader who has also supported many local programs and charities in his community.
For his strong commitment to strengthening U.S. national security and the U.S.-Israel security relationship and leadership in the pro-Israel community, Leon was presented JINSA’s 2019 National Leadership Award.