PO Box 15807, Chesapeake, VA 23328

Meet Baxter

Baxter Ennis has a diverse background in military, academia, publishing, and community involvement.

He served 21 years in the United States Army retiring as a lieutenant colonel.  He directed the public relations effort for the US. Army’s most media intensive division, the 82nd Airborne Division, deploying on the first aircraft during the First Gulf War – Desert Shield/Desert Storm. He also participated in a combat parachute jump with the division during the Panama Invasion.  During these two high-profile deployments, he worked with almost every major television and radio network, as well as most leading newspaper wire services and major dailies in the world.

After the military, Ennis lead the public relations department for a major university where he directed the popular annual Clash of the Titans and launched the Executive Leadership Series monthly luncheons. He later started his own newspaper. He currently serves on the Chesapeake Hospital Authority.  He has served as president of the Chesapeake Rotary Club, the Virginia Beach Forum, and is currently President of the Hampton Roads Leadership Prayer Breakfast. He also served on the Mayors Commission on Veterans Affairs.  He is active with his church having served in several leadership positions.

In 2018 he published “When Leadership Mattered:  Inspiring Stories of 12 People Who Changed the World.”  In his book Ennis writes “Great leaders can be found anywhere, from the battlefield to the boardroom to a basketball court.  The leaders in this book refused to bow to the tyranny of the status quo, and with tenacity, boldness and an unshakeable sense of the rightness of their cause, challenged the inevitable.”  The book is available on Amazon.com and Kindle.

He and his wife, Glenda live in Chesapeake, Virginia. They have three wonderful adult children and four awesome grandchildren.