Name: Melissa Hay
Title: Graphics Production Supervisor
What do you do for Miller? Print large and small format graphics at the Metric location
How long have you worked for Miller? Almost 3 years
Where are you from? Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
What is your favorite activity around Austin? (and why) The Haunted ATX tour. I got to go a few years ago for my birthday. We were on our second to last stop at the Clay Pit and the hearse broke down. Pretty sure the ghosts were messing with us. But it was seriously a great time.
Do you have any secret talents? I am the arts and crafts girl. I like to look up new and different techniques and then adapt them into what I currently create. Right now I am teaching myself how to build a wall clock from scratch.
What is your favorite sports team? Pittsburgh Penguins…Hockey is seriously underrated in Texas.
What is your favorite food? Fried Chicken and Waffles, I could eat that every day.
What are your three favorite movies? Clueless, Heathers and The Godfather Supercut (it’s both part 1 and 2 told chronologically)
What is your favorite book? I have 2 books that I re-read every year or so. The Color Purple by Alice Walker and Misery by Stephen King.
Name: Dana Burton
Title: Fine Art Specialist
What do you do for Miller? Scan artwork and fragile documents, color match and print on a variety of media including Archival Matte, Canvas and Fine Art Papers.
Where are you from? Third generation Austinite.
Do you have any secret talents? I relax by organizing.
What’s your favorite barbecue joint? Used to be Ruby’s but they closed.
How about Mexican food? Chuy’s because they’re a great experience that also really takes care of my special orders.
What are your three favorite movies? Being There, Big Trouble in Little China, Brazil
What is your favorite book? Snow Crash by Neal Stephenson
What book would you recommend for anyone to read? Dancing Wu Li Masters by Gary Zukav
Dana is our most complimented employee, and that is saying a lot. Dana works almost exclusively with artists by creating scans and prints of their masterpieces. Every month we get incredible comments from the featured artists about how delightful it is to work with Dana, and by extension, Miller. We are lucky that Dana joined us by way of her own 3rd generation business, and we are blessed to have her on our team and in our family. Thank you, Dana!
Name: Steve Coyle
Title: VP Marketing, Sales & Service
What do you do for Miller? I am responsible for the marketing, sales and support of our Technology Sales products and services, including nationally recognized brands HP, Xerox and Epson.
Where are you from? I am from Michigan City, Indiana by way of Chicago and Dublin.
What is your favorite Austin spot? Redbud Trail, at the top of the hill, just up from Westlake Drive. Early mornings, still dark, driving to work and at the top of that hill on Redbud Trail I would slow the car down, almost to a complete stop, and she would show herself, the city, all lit up, truly beautiful. Over the past 10 years she has gotten bigger and brighter. That’s my favorite Austin spot.
Have you ever seen a celebrity around Austin? If so, who? Sandra Bullock. We would be married if she had ever met me.
What is your favorite sports team? Anybody that plays Notre Dame
What was the last TV show you binged? I wouldn’t say I binge on any show, but I still enjoy watching Seinfeld. It is my go-to escape and just laugh out loud tv show and I watch at least one episode just about every day. We should try to laugh every day and watching Seinfeld does it for me. George Costanza is one of the greatest TV characters ever created. I don’t know of anyone that has as many memorable lines or quotes associated to him than George. One of my favorites is, “My life is the complete opposite of everything I want it to be.” Another of mine, and possibly the favorite of certain high-level political executive, is “It’s not a lie if you believe it.”
What do you like most about working for Miller? We are passionate about positively impacting the quality of our employees’ and customers’ lives.
How long have you worked for Miller? 10 years
What makes Miller IDS special? The history, legacy and culture. From the beginning, from the time John Miller opened the doors at Miller Blueprint and now, Miller Imaging and Digital Solutions, the priority and focus of the company has been on satisfying our customers and enriching the lives of our employees. That is what made this wonderful family owned business successful and sustainable for 100 years and will for 100 more.
What is your favorite movie? Casablanca
What is the most fun thing you’ve done in Austin? The Trail of Lights
What or who is your favorite Austin Original? (and why): I enjoy working for my favorite Austin Original, Miller Imaging & Digital Solutions, aka Miller Blueprint Company. I feel honored to work for a family owned business that is soon to be 100 years old. Do you even know how rare that is? As a business we have had a part in the building of Austin and Central Texas since 1920. Along with the incredible architects, engineers, construction companies and contractors of Austin we’ve built a city, a wonderful vibrant community, and have positively impacted the lives of those who live, work and play here. You can’t help but have pride in being a part of that. And knowing what I know about how Miller Imaging & Digital Solutions, and the Miller’s give back to the community through charitable print in kind sponsorships and direct donations, it is my honor and privilege to have worked here for just about 10 years or one-tenth of the company’s existence.
Who do you most admire? My parents. They are my heroes. I’ve only aspired to be as good a person as they were.
What is your favorite food? PIZZA
What is on your bucket list for the next 5 years? Retirement
Name: David A. Gill
Title: CIM Production Manager, Metric Location
What do you do for Miller? I run all the large format printing for the architecture/engineering companies we work with in the Austin area.
Where are you from? Henderson, Kentucky
What’s your favorite barbecue joint? I would say Black’s, the original location out in Lockhart. I like the atmosphere of the feed-trough style BBQ joints. Good stuff.
What was the last TV show you binged? I think it was The Expanse. I’m a sucker for science fiction and space operas in general.
What’s on your bucket list for the next 5 years: The Isle of Man TT. The Isle of Man sits in the Irish Sea, between England and Ireland. They throw a crazy motorcycle race there every year. You won’t find anything else like it in the world.
Name: Chris Bevill
Title: CIM Production Manager, 7th Street Store
What do you do for Miller? Manage the reproduction department to ensure printing is done quickly and accurately.
Where are you from? Austin. I went to Austin High and am a proud Maroon (don’t call it a puffball).
What was the last TV show you binged? The Flash. I made it this far I feel the need to finish it. Then on to Stranger Things.
What’s your favorite barbecue joint? Louie Mueller Barbeque is one of my favorites. There are still a lot I haven’t tried.
How long have you worked for Miller? 5 years
What is on your bucket list for the next 5 years? To go to several national parks with my kid.
What is your favorite movie? Dances with Wolves. I stop to watch it every time no matter how far it is into the movie.
Who do you most admire? The men and women who spend their lives trying to make a better world for all of us to live in.
What is your favorite food? BBQ. It’s just so good.
If you could get tacos from one place in Austin, where would it be? I’m on an al pastor kick right now, so Rositas Al Pastor on Riverside is all I think about.
What is your favorite book? Where the Red Fern Grows
What book would you recommend for anyone to read? I just recommend reading.
What is the most fun thing you’ve done in Austin? After Texas won the 2005 National Championship, I went downtown and celebrated with all of Austin.
Have you ever seen a celebrity around Austin? I saw Angelina Jolie in a bookstore. She had her bodyguard block the aisle so no one could talk to her.
What is your favorite sports team? Texas Longhorns. I bleed orange.
What makes Miller IDS special? We are a family here and everyone is always willing to jump in and help on something.
Chris recently won first place in our Bake-off at 7th Street for his phenomenal lemon squares. Chris has fun experimenting with cooking during Hatch Green Chile season (and baked five dessert entries to prove it!). He helps make our environment fun while taking care of your important details.
Name: Mollie Spellman
Title: Graphics Production Supervisor
What do you do for Miller? Small format printing production
Where are you from? Franklin, Massachusetts
What is a favorite activity around Austin? Hiking and Jeeping with my boyfriend, Kyle and our puppy, Hank. We love finding new spots to explore!
What was the last TV show you binged? Justified (loved it!)
Do you have any secret talents? Baking and retaining baseball stats
How long have you worked for Miller? 2 years
What is on your bucket list for the next 5 years? Montana Jeeping
What is your favorite movie? The Shining
What is your favorite food? Pizza (good pizza is hard to find in Austin… Spartan and VIA 313 are my two favorites in town!)
What is the most fun thing you’ve done in Austin? When I first moved here I got to see Robert Plant at the Mood Theatre, that’s one of the most memorable things I’ve ever done, and definitely one of the most fun things I’ve done sine being in Austin.
What is your favorite sports team? I’m a HUGE fan of my hometown teams. Go Sox! Go Pats! Go B’s!
Name: Eloy Figueroa
Title: Technology Account Manager
What do you do for Miller? I represent Miller in San Antonio selling Hardware, Printers, Plotters, Copiers and provide supplies and service.
Where are you from? I graduated from Louis W. Fox Technical High School (San Antonio) in 1973! Then, I served in the Army for 6 years. After I got out, I joined the Air Force Reserve in East Kelly. I was born in Palau Coahuila Mexico and immigrated in December 1954. We moved here from Eagle Pass in 1965 and were migrant workers and worked in Idaho, Montana and Oregon! Last year I became a citizen and I’m very proud of it!!!
What is your favorite activity around San Antonio? I enjoy going to different restaurants and enjoying different foods. I like gardening and going to the Spurs games.
What do you share with San Antonio visitors? I love teaching history to anyone that is new in town, especially about the battle of the Alamo. I like telling them about all the Missions here .
Do you have any secret talents? I pride myself telling everyone that I was a great Cyclist and won 4th in junior division in Texas many moons ago! I am a naturalist gardener and landscaper.
What is a favorite San Antonio “thing” you’d recommend to others? Of course, visit the Riverwalk, the Alamo and the Missions! Don’t forget to go up the Hemisfair tower.
What is the most over-hyped thing in San Antonio? I really feel it’s the two weeks of Fiesta!
What makes YOU be YOU? I always tell everyone that I am like my father, Jose Antonio Figueroa, always meeting and talking to people. I like to help others and have a passion to help those in need
Anything you are super-stoked about right now? I am super-stoked being given this opportunity to work for a great company like Miller. Just today I spoke to an architect, and he said, ‘oh yeah, Miller Blueprint.’
Say hello to the personable Jeff Stewart!
Name: Jeff Stewart
Title: Technology Sales Key Account Manager & Service Manager
What do you do for Miller? I manage two exceptional service technicians, Ian Johnson and John Beckerley. I am also responsible for technology sales in state, local and education (SLED) accounts. My focus right now is on increasing awareness and consideration for Miller IDS as a HUB certified firm and an authorized Texas DIR reseller for HP products in the SLED vertical market.
What is your favorite activity around Austin? Boating Lake Travis, tubing in New Braunfels, hunting the Hill County, and my new experience is scootering downtown.
What is your favorite Austin original? The Capitol & the Driskill (love the history).
What is your favorite Austin “thing” you’d recommend to do in Austin? Trailer dining on South Lamar.
Do you have any secret talents? harmonica, wake-boarding and ski tricks. Do other things for fun? Sipping new tequilas in winter, boat raft-offs with friends in the summer.
Anything you are super-stoked about right now? Summer is coming and the lake is full!
What are you from? Well, I moved to Austin in 2002 and this year, I’ll have lived in Texas the longest (God Bless Texas!). But where am I from? First 26 years were in Southern California (HB), next 5 years in Virginia with an aerospace company, 8 years in Houston for the aerospace company then Xerox, then 7 years in New York with Xerox, then to Austin in 2002.
Destenie is a Graphics Customer Sales Service Rep. She is our expert candle maker and loves soul food.
Name: Destenie Rhodes
Title: Graphics Customer Sales Service Rep
What do you do for Miller? I help cool clients that come to us with their graphics projects. If they aren’t sure what it is they want, but have a general goal, I help brainstorm ideas to make their needs come to life!
Where are you from? I’m from Bryan/College Station! Home of the Aggies, although I never was into the whole rivalry between Aggies and the Longhorns.
What is your favorite activity around Austin? SLEEPING! Being in college just does that to you. To really answer the question, I’d say going to the lake because I usually always go with my sisters.
What is your favorite Austin Original? Roland’s Soul Food in East Austin!! It takes me back home to my Grandma’s cookin’!
What was the last TV show you binged? Bob’s Burgers!
Do you have any secret talents? Not really, but I have some really cool light-up hula hoops that I love flowing/dancing with. Hashtag Free Spirit LOL
What is a favorite Austin “thing” you’d recommend to do? I don’t know if I have an Austin thing. I always just kind of go out and see what pops up. There is always something going down here and if you just drive around aimlessly, you will find something.
What do you spend time doing that is odd, quirky, unusual, or just enjoyable? I have a whole bunch of ethically sourced herbs and flowers that I make soy candles and perfumes out of! My house always smells like a botanic garden.
What makes YOU be YOU? So I’m pretty bubbly and quirky, but a lot of it has to do with writing a list of everything I’m grateful for because I feel sometimes people stress themselves with things they don’t have or haven’t achieved, so recognizing and appreciating what you have can really improve your mood and attitude.
Anything you are super pumped up about right now? Pumped is the constant mood for me.
Daneyra has been a CIM Production Technician at our 7th Street Store since 2015. She is our resident foodie and lover of all things Mario.
Name: Daneyra Sanchez
Title: CIM Production Technician, 7th Street Location
What do you do for Miller?:Everything Repro! I help customers with scanning and printing– making sure all plans are in the correct order and size!
Where are you from?: Californ-I-A. I was born in LA.I moved to Texas in 1997 after I lived in South Carolina and Georgia.
What is your favorite activity around Austin?: Food adventures in and around Austin. (She is really our resident foodie and always can recommend a good place to try!)
What was the last TV show your binged?: Dexter. It’s an interesting show—I like it because Dexter is a very superhero-like guy.
Do you have any secret talents?: Cooking! My specialty is Machaca Tacos—shredded beef with tomatoes and onions topped with chipotle mayo.
What is a favorite Austin “thing” you’d recommend to do in Austin?: Eat and try all of the flavors of Austin! Great food is everywhere! I just look on google for new places—especially new Asian fusion restaurants.
Where is the best food in Austin? Loro and Old Thousand for Asian fusion. Toss Pizzeria for pizza and wings. Hopdoddy for burgers.
If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would it be? India! For the culture, food, and the music. I love Hindi Pop!
Can you tell me a little about your experience in the printing services industry? I’ve been in printing since 1997, mainly printing litigation documents and information. I joined Miller in 2015 and I enjoy going to work everyday and being part of the Miller Team!
Ryan has been our Graphics Account Manager for 2 years. We love Ryan’s enthusiasm and dedication to getting the job done!
Name: Ryan Bruce
Title: Graphics Account Manager
What do you do for Miller?: I manage accounts and special projects/events. I work closely with some of our large clients to ensure that they are happy and getting the best products Miller has to offer.
Where are you from?: I was born in California in 1986. When I was 9 we moved to Boise, ID where I grew up and spent most of my childhood.
What is your favorite activity around Austin?: Fly Fishing the Guadalupe River in New Braunfels is hands down my favorite way to spend some time outdoors. Other than that dinners and drinks is my ticket to a good evening.
What was the last TV show your binged?: Currently, it is Madame Secretary on Netflix. I enjoy all the action and drama in the show.
Do you have any secret talents?: Being from the north, I am an avid snowboarder. Also I’d consider myself a fairly good handyman.
What is a favorite Austin “thing” you’d recommend to do?: Watch the bats leave the Congress Bridge at sunset, from a canoe is pretty much amazing. I had one of the best nights here in Austin starting off with that. Also exploring the caverns in Round Rock was beautiful as well. I’d recommend doing both if you haven’t.
If you haven’t already, meet Larry Williams, CIM Customer Service Representative, 7th Street
Name: Lauritz (Larry) A Williams
Title: Customer Service Representative at Miller IDS, 7th Street Location
What do you do for Miller?: Customer Service, Supplies Services and Consultation. (Who’s kidding whom? Larry is the harmonizer and vibe setter at Miller on 7th – having a bad day? Spend 5 minutes with Larry and it’s gonna be better! You just can’t help yourself- everyone loves the guy!)
Where are you from?: If from Austin area, name a K-12 school you attended that you’re proud of?: Austin! I went to McCallum High School in Central Austin. I also studied Graphic and Commercial Arts at Austin Community College and Texas State Technical College.
What is your favorite activity around Austin?: I like fishing, hiking, and/or relaxing at a swimming hole, my favorite around here is Barton Springs.
What or who is your favorite Austin Original?: Antone’s Night Club. They provide the authentic Austin weekend. It’s a place where you get to recharge and get some good local vibes.
What was the last TV show your binged?: Marvel’s Daredevil. I like action and old school comics—Daredevil and Wolverine, those guys are tough and move fast. They never back down from any challenges. I like that.
Do you have any secret talent? I am pretty good at skateboarding. I skateboard to work sometimes. I like to surf too—if I lived near water, I’d surf more. I took to skateboarding/surfing when it became popular in the 80s and 90s. (The guy rides his skateboard to work, if weather is particularly good. We are talking a good half mile on a skateboard!)
But you can’t mention Larry without mentioning his band, Afrofreque! We love Larry, and we love Afrofreque. Check out their Facebook page here.
What is a favorite Austin “thing” you’d recommend to do?: If you’re in Austin, you have to go to a great show at ACL Live at the Moody Theatre and then eat at a local Austin joint. I like Tamale House East and Styles Switch BBQ. Some places in Austin can be too much, but these places are just right.
Meet Dalia Gonzalez, CIM Production Supervisor, 7th Street
What do you do at Miller IDS?
I process orders for customers, place supply orders and make sure drivers deliver orders to customers on time.
Where are you from? if from Austin area, name a K-12 school you attended that you’re proud of.
I am from Texas City, Texas, outside of Galveston.
What is your favorite activity around Austin? Hanging out at family members’ houses or meeting with friends and family for drinks and some good laughs and stories.
Who is your favorite Austin Original? Leslie Cochran, ’cause it’s Keep Austin Weird and you never knew what you’d see him dressed in!
What was the last TV show your binged?: ‘Ballers’ because I love NFL football! Go Dolphins!!!
Do you have any secret talent? Baking cake using Big Red soda as the secret ingredient.
What is a favorite Austin “thing” you’d recommend to do?: Go bar hopping during happy hour. There are so many unique bars around Austin—especially Tiny Bar at 5th and Bowie.’
Meet Vittoria Mottler, Graphics Manager, Metric Location at Miller IDS
What do you do at Miller IDS?
I assist in running the graphics department for Miller at the Metric Location. I help lead a great team at Metric in achieving high-quality, large-format products.
Where are you from?
I moved here from Maryland my senior year of high school. I went to Anderson High School.
What is your favorite activity around Austin?
I love the hiking spots around town. I take my dog Kaizer out on the weekends to hike. Some of our favorite trails are Walnut Creek and Emma Long Park.
What or who is your favorite Austin Original?
Hut’s is one of my favorite Austin originals. I love their bacon cheese burger!
What was the last TV show your binged?:
Chilling Adventures of Sabrina
Do you have any secret talents?
I make great chocolate milk—the secret is Hershey’s Limited Ingredients Chocolate Sauce!
What is a favorite Austin “thing” you’d recommend to do in Austin?
Go watch the bats! That never gets old for me.
Meet Becca Tambunga CIM Production Technician & Archiving Specialist at Miller IDS
What do you do at Miller IDS?
Scanning and Digitalization of documents. Customer Service, Reprographic Technician, Planroom back-up.
Where are you from?
I’m from Opelousas, LA.
Who or what is your favorite Austin Original?
Stevie Ray Vaughn
What was the last TV show you binge-watched? The 100, Fear the Walking Dead
What is your favorite activity around Austin?I love the Rock Shop and I love antiquing…visiting museums, window shopping, looking around stores (I love little holes-in-the-wall). Amethyst is my favorite stone! I love me the Crystal Shop on Lamar.
Do you have any secret talents? I’m good at refinishing old things….I like to go around Austin’s old school shops and find odds and ends to collect. I love snow owls so I’m always on the lookout. I love the museum…. I love old things in general. (Funny, she chose archiving as a specialty, huh!)
What is a favorite Austin “thing” you’d recommend to do in Austin? Summer Theatre in the Park (at Zilker Hillside Theatre).
Meet Ian Johnson, Service Technician at Miller IDS
This Round Rock native spends most of his free time hanging out with his wife Megan, their dogs, and streaming video games online.
What do you do at Miller IDS?
I fix things!
What do you like most about living here?
Good food and the arcade scene.
What haven’ you done in Austin that you’d like to do?
I’d like to attend Dream Hack, SXSW, and try a new restaurant with Megan each week.
What are your 3 favorite movies?
“Inception”, “Your Name” & “Shutter Island”
If a movie was made about your life, who would you want to star in it?
I would’ve said Denzel Washington previously, but right now I’d have to go with Donald Glover.
Lastly, what’s your favorite thing about working at Miller IDS?
Ian (and his teammates) can be seen around Central Texas providing great customer service by maintaining and installing HP printers for our customers, as well as for our in-house fleet. We are thrilled that Ian calls Miller home!