Meet the Team: Eric Miller
The Alliance is very pleased to announce our first Executive Vice President of Business Development, Eric Miller. Eric will lead the Alliance’s strategic business development, sales management program and team of business development professionals. Eric is a native of Columbia, South Carolina. He has approximately sixteen (16) years of progressive, professional economic development experience, at the state, regional and local levels. Relocating from Muskogee, Oklahoma, Eric will assume his new position on January 3, 2017.
We expect Eric to play a key role as a rainmaker for Hampton Roads in bringing high-quality deals and opportunities to our participating communities. Eric has the energy, integrity, sense of ownership and personal passion to make a huge difference to the Alliance, to Hampton Roads and to the Commonwealth of Virginia. Prior to joining the Alliance, Eric previously served as Director of the Industrial Development Office, for the Muskogee City-County Port Authority, in Muskogee, Oklahoma.
Why are you excited to be part of the team at The Alliance?
Due to new leadership and restructuring, we are a NEW organization and I am excited at the prospect of being a member of the regional team that positively impacts the lives of the region's citizens. Last, but definitely not least, a major consideration for me was/is the opportunity to hone my craft under the tutelage of Rick Weddle. Rick is a legend in the economic development world. I look forward to continuing my professional growth, by benefiting from the wealth of skills and experiences that are the hallmark of Rick's illustrious career.
How familiar are you with the Hampton Roads area?
I am not nearly as familiar as I will become, in the ensuing months. My family and I have vacationed in the area (VA Beach; Busch Gardens; played golf at Kings Mill).
How does the Hampton Roads area compare to (or differ) from Muskogee, OK?
Patent demographic disparities aside and given my cursory experience with Hampton Roads, in comparison to Muskogee, the most striking similarity that I discerned between the two communities, was the both the engagement and resolve of public and private leadership, to chart a new course for economic development in the region. There is a palpable sense of "WANT TO" in the region. The "NEW" HREDA, under the leadership of Rick Weddle (and our Board and member communities), is charged with devising the "HOW TO...". I have no doubt that we will be successful in our charge.
What are some of your favorite hobbies?
My hobbies include working out (4-5 times per week), playing golf, following college sports (LOVE my South Carolina Gamecocks; former walk-on football player), reading, travel and generally, being spontaneous. Though not a hobby, the most important element in my life is family. I'm very close to my daughter and Mom. I also have family in the Carolinas, Georgia and DC. I have a nephew, who is a freshman basketball player at Roanoke College. I am excited about going to watch him play, too.