Monday, February 24 2014, 09:28 AM MST
Web Exclusive: Being Chosen as CEO
SHAUNA LAKE: I was always wondering if it was a sensitive topic that you were picked to run it when you do have other siblings in the family. Was that always the understanding that you had that you were going to take it over or were you as surprised as anyone?
GREG MILLER: No I wasn’t surprised when it happened. I remember the first time my dad brought it up, it was probably 10 maybe 15 years before it happened, and we were in his office which at the time was at our Chevrolet store in Murray, and he said to me, “I’ve always had it in my head that when I’m not the CEO of this company, you will be.” And that was kind of when the shock came because it was always sort of taboo. He was invincible at that point, and he was always going to be in charge and that’s the way it would always be. But when he acknowledged his mortality more or less for the first time…
SHAUNA LAKE: And your ability…
GREG MILLER: Yeah to some degree, that was a neat moment, and it kind of got the wheels turning along those lines. And it’s not that I spent a lot of time dwelling on it, but at least I knew what his mindset was, and I don’t know that it became a subject of discussion with my brothers until a long time after that. But when it did come up, there was never really any kind of power grab or nobody said what about me. We all have, my brothers and I and my sister, all have our own strengths and weaknesses and luckily the organization is big enough that we can play to our strengths and still kind of stay out of each other’s way, but I need to be quick to add that they have been extremely supportive of me. And we have what I consider to be a very healthy family dynamic. We meet every week from 9am to noon with my mom, me, my two surviving brothers, and my nephew Zane, and we talk about just all the issues in the organization whether they’re economic or political or personal or real estate you name it. There’s nothing that’s off the table. And then one of the things that we’ve added it that one Thursday a month we invite my nieces and nephews and sons-in-law and sons and daughters to join us. So that group has gotten pretty big now. If we’re all there, there are probably 16 or 18 people. And the purpose of that is just to include them and make them feel like they’re part of it, but it’s also to help them understand that if they’re going to be blessed with the resources that being part of this organization and part of this family afford them, then they need to do their part to produce those blessings. And they have to work hard and there’s no sense of entitlement. Just because you’re a Miller or married to a Miller it doesn’t give you any special privileges. You have to go to work and do your part just like any other employee.
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