The Miller file Featured

8:00pm EDT July 26, 2010

Born: Prairie Village, Kan., a suburb of Kansas City

Education: I went to Kansas State University on a football scholarship. I started out in architecture and then switched to construction science in my sophomore year and ended up with a degree in construction science.

What was your first job, and what did you learn from it?

My first real job was working in the summers with a highway contractor as a laborer. I did that for three summers while I was going to college. I worked hard, worked long hours, learned a lot about construction — at least on the highway side as a laborer. My first job out of college was JE Dunn and I’ve been with Dunn almost 30 years now.

Whom do you admire most and why?

Generally, the people that I admire most are those that create things, people that take vision and turn that into reality. People that aren’t scared to try new ideas or methods.

What’s your definition of success?

Success is really being at peace with yourself, if you’ve exceeded your own expectations and others’ expectations and you’re at peace with that. In the construction industry, it’s really a service business, and success is pleasing clients. It’s a client being satisfied with the project you provide; that’s another way to measure success.

What’s your favorite part of your job?

Seeing a project used in the form that it’s created for. What thrills me is to go out and see a project — like a children’s hospital, for example — and you see how people benefit. I can go and I can see how a new environment can help a kid feel better or a family member feels more comfortable. Seeing that you were part of creating something like that is probably my favorite part of what I do.