REPLY TO: "Rational" @ 1:23 pm ----You must have missed
this stunning fact that's buried way down in the middle of the article:
"In the years since Greg Miller became CEO, revenue and income for the LHM
Group has more than doubled."So... Greg Miller (with the help of
his family and co-workers) took a billion-dollar enterprise and *DOUBLED* its
revenues and income in only SIX YEARS!!I'd say Greg Miller
ABSOLUTELY has "hit a home run!" 8)
Larry was born in the stands and ended up MVP. Greg was born halfway to home
and the thinks he hit a home run.
@BlueEyesBrittany--Your comment seems out of place. As DonO pointed out
(though not unique in our state--generous millionaires seem to abound here), the
Millers philanthropy is legend. If you were aware of the depth and breadth of
Larry and Gail Miller's generosity I think you would be pleasantly
surprisedThe real magic of the Larry Miller story is that it demonstrates
that anyone can achieve their dreams. The fact that doing so sometimes results
in great wealth should not be a reason to condemn those dreamers, but rather to
look inward and say, "What are my dreams? What am I doing to make them a
reality?" Maybe it's not building an entertainment and automobile
empire, but rather curing cancer, designing/building a computer cheap enough for
anyone to afford it or an Olympic medal. If those endeavors resulted in great
wealth, would you condemn those achievers?The philosophy championed by
Andrew Carnegie and made popular by Napoleon Hill--"What the mind of man can
conceive and believe, it can achieve"--is more than an aphorism, it is
literal truth. Thank heavens for folks like Larry Miller who prove it so.
The Millers provided work and others did it. The Millers and their workers were
mutually indebted. And so it is with every employer and employee. We hope
neither will give the other cause for just complaint.
GREG: Thank you for agreeing to this informative update/interview with
KSL/DNews!We know you rarely grant interviews of this type, but as
Utahans and residents of the Intermountain Region, we ALL have great personal
(and economic) interest in how the "Miller Empire" is doing these days,
and are rooting for your ongoing success.It's so hard to
believe Larry H. has been gone five years (as of yesterday) already! He will be
FOREVER MISSED in this community.Best wishes to Gail, Greg, and all
the rest of the Miller Family legacy.
There was nothing wrong with The Mayan that good food wouldn't have fixed.
The venue was awesome!I admire the Miller family and wish Greg the
best. I believe he's on the right track!
Amazing story that a young college dropout could have such an impact. This is
the American dream.
blueeyes,I admire those who through hard work and perseverance
improve their situation.I have no more claim to a billionaire's
money than I do to your money.The Millers do not need to apologize
for their wealth - nor do they have to answer to you and I what they do with the
money - its their money.Likewise, their children, grand children,
and great grand children do not need to apologize for the wealth they inhered
nor do they have to answer to us for it.The Millers earned this
money can do whatever they want to with it.
BlueEyes: What would be a "comfortable" hourly wage for everyone? Are
you ok with the proposed $10.10 minimum wage? Or should it be $20.20 or maybe
$30.30? Where should we draw the line in the amount required that employers pay
their employees? And WHO should decide what is a proper amount for "profit
sharing" and for "rainy days and reinvestment"?
ContinuationI am not a great proponent of crude and crual
capitalism, neither its opposite. But though a contribution should be expected
from every able person in exchange for a decent salary, decency should always be
the measure for all including the manager and not indecency the kind where i
hear some make a billion dollar a year while other are given a salary below
minimum wage, and it should also be expected that the small, weak, the sick and
the old should get support though social welfare. Money though essential to
living should not be revered as the God it is today especially when it is at the
expense of so many others. I do not admire billionaires. I only admire good
people who improve the human condition all over the world and ensures noone is
left out in the process.
Though i think we should all have comfortable living and i am not a great fan of
millionaire, billionaire and the like. For experience, i have often witnesses
it was very often at the expense of others, whether through monopoles or
exploiting others or giving them a minimum wage. And though i agree that some
differences should exist between the one at the bottom of the ladder and the one
at its top, i think these differences should be moral and reasonable. So i
think there should be a minimum wage that should be a comfortable one and the
highest salary should be ceiled at a moral and decent level not like what we
hear and see all around. The excess should partly be given as profit sharing to
all employees and partly kept for rainy days or reinvested. To be
Larry Millers contributions to Utah and society are undeniable. His rags to
riches story, His Building of an automotive empire and turning the Utah Jazz
into an NBA power house are all well documented and renown. Greg Miller was
born of goodly parents and turned the Utah Jazz into a door mat in the NBA. We all really really miss Larry.
Larry Miller is a "rags to riches" glory story. I liked the Jazz when
they had the foreign influence which made them different. Klinko and Memo were
only 2 of the characters. I do not agree with Larry voicing disrespect for his
father and "closing down his life's work". I see this as a petty
retaliation. He should have been the bigger man and discussed it with him. The
Jazz are moving ahead after many mistakes on the part of Miller. He appears to
be learning from his mistakes. The D-Will--Coach Sloan debacle as well as issues
with Karl were hard to take. So far, the page appears to have turned and Greg M
appears to have brought in a professional manager to right the ship and the boss
is keeping his hands off. His dad was more hands on and more adept to be honest.
The Miller family are a great blessing to the State of Utah. Larry Miller never
flaunted or sought for recognition but instead gave back to the community. He
and Gail have quietly gone about funding projects which like the business will
remain and influence the world for years to come. Having been in the
Legislature, Greg's and the family's success is also a State success
story. Good luck especially to Greg for sharing and may he continue to lead in
the way Larry and Gail have envisioned him to do.
It is no secret that the Miller family makes significant charitable donations,
and I love that Greg makes no mention of it. Giving for the sake of giving and
not seeking attention and praise is a great attribute.
Not bad. Larry starting out working in a parts department and ending up a
billionaire. Good for the Millers. By the way, I am so happy they keep the
Tour of Utah gong and viable. What an awesome event!