Who, you are asking, is David Miller? Well, to begin with according to one website there are 15,712 people named David Miller in the USA alone. Not sure about the other 195+/- nations in the world! So, let me tell you a little about this David Miller.
Raised in West Texas (Lubbock to be precise), I graduated from Texas Tech University (proud winner of the 2013 Holiday Bowl) with a degree in Fraternity Life and a minor in intramural sports. Ok, my diploma says BBA in Administrative Management, but I must confess that I wasn’t focused on or in the classroom and am not particularly proud of my GPA.
However, I did accomplish one really great thing while in college: I met and ultimately married Jayne Ann Williston, a cute little Chi Omega from Austin. Alas, after 40 years, 2 months, and 29 days of marriage, I lost her to cancer in 2012. (Some of what I’ll be sharing with you in the coming months is directly related to what I’ve learned in this season of my life without her.)
And, while I’m talking about family, just let me say before all the “professional stuff” below, families are the most important facets of me…my personal family, my family of friends, and my family of faith. We have three children, Tim, Matt, and Beth, and seven brilliant, good-looking grandchildren. I’m blessed with really good and loyal friends. And, I am so grateful for those folks who allow me to be on their life’s faith journey with them.
I invested 34 years of my career in the medical equipment industry, 14 of those as the owner and operator of a small retail company with three Texas locations. Then, for the next 20 years I was the CEO of The MED Group, a national business services organization that grew from 27 locations to over 800 upon my retirement. What a great ride that was!
In 2005, I founded Spirit Ranch, a leadership and team development retreat center in Lubbock, TX. With the vision to bring our guests closer to their creator and the mission to build believers, leaders, and teams, we have now served over 16,000 guests/clients. Even I (especially I) have been amazed at the transformation that we have seen in people’s lives and, therefore, their organizations and families.
I have been a member of the Lubbock National Bank Board of Directors for over 30 years. In May of 2006, I was elected as Mayor of Lubbock and held the office for a 2-year term. And, just like many of you, I’ve been privileged to serve on many community boards and committees with the thought of paying back the wonderful city where we live.
So, what qualifies me to be a messenger to you? I don’t actually know for sure that I am qualified. But, I believe in what I’m telling you and hope that the messages will make a positive difference for you. Thanks for letting me share some of my thoughts on leadership and life with you.