loading rifle enthusiast
looks to help communities develop
helps others find bright futures
(June 2010) John Miller is a man with a hobby
that recaptures the past and a business that helps organizations create
successful futures. While his company serves to offer management training
and executive coaching for non-profit organizations and other businesses,
in his free time he can often be found hunting with his muzzle loading
rifle and inspiring an appreciation of antique and reproduction firearms.
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help the organization.
Miller, 62, laughingly describes himself as a hardcore
history buff, I think that came from my mother. He now he is busy
passing on that same enthusiasm for the past his daughter
holds a PhD in history and his grandson has recently decided that a
flintlock rifle is just what he needs for his hunting adventures.
Miller currently serves as president of the Quantum Leadership Group,
located in Madison, Ind. Much of his work involves helping companies
and organizations manage transitions. Miller has a proven history of
successfully overseeing organizations undergoing significant changes.
While serving as the Executive Vice President of the American College
of Sports Medicine, he was responsible for many aspects of moving the
associations headquarters from Madison, Wisc., to Indianapolis.
Miller moved to Madison after accepting a position with the National
Muzzle Loading Rifle Association, where he served as Executive Vice
President for over four years. The town proved a perfect fit for Miller
and his family
Once we got here, we decided we never wanted to leave, he
While working with the NMLRA, located in nearby Friendship, Miller restructured
the organizations budget and instituted an endowment development
program that to date has raised more than $110,000. Terri Trowbridge,
Director of Publications for the NMLRA, describes Millers work
saying, He was very knowledgeable about the association and what
As a muzzle loading enthusiast, Miller looks forward to the National
Championships held each year in Friendship.Competition with firearms
has always been a part of American history, Miller explains.
One of his favorite events when he was competing was a set up of novelty
targets, such as deer cutouts, throughout the woods. Participants
spent an hour or more making their way through the course consisting
of 22-23 of knock-down targets and swinging targets.
Part of the challenge in this event is the fact that the target distances
are not marked, so the shooters must judge that aspect for themselves.
This years National Championships took place Sept. 12-20. It included
period crafts and clothing, and enjoying period music from the
early 1800s Trowbridge said.
Miller said the NMLRAs Rand Museum on the property there is
a great place to see historical materials.
Yet for all his love of history, Miller is also looking ahead. He presently
volunteers with the Madison Area Chamber of Commerce as chairman of
the Sustainable Communities Task Force. Miller describes the goal of
the task force as working to get communities to identify strengths
and assets and use those in a way that doesnt compromise the future.
He encourages people to examine what is currently working well in their
areas and develop those ideas further. Miller highlights the Historic
Trades Techno-logy program at the Madison campus of Ivy Tech Community
Col-lege as an example of the type of innovation that the task force
seeks to encourage. Madison is a town filled with historical buildings
and is an ideal setting for people to study restoration work, he says.
Find the things that are a perfect fit and run with them,
Miller further explains that the idea of sustainable communities fits
neatly with the green movement to utilize environmental resources in
a thoughtful manner.
Miller speaks of his decision to open Quantum Leadership Group saying,
I always wanted to do my own thing. He often finds his company
called in when businesses are facing problems and enjoys helping others
develop ways to meet those challenges.
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