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.
How long have you worked for Miller? 8 years in November
Where are you from? Austin native
What is your favorite activity around Austin? Walking trails. Visiting parks. When it’s not so hot.
What is a favorite Austin “thing” you’d recommend doing in Austin? Take a hike along Lady Bird Lake. Get a good overview of downtown while enjoying the lake and green space.
What do you like most about working for Miller? Something different every day so I don’t get bored.
What are your three favorite movies? Big Trouble in Little China, Brazil, Finding Nemo
Title: Reprographics Technician
What do you do for Miller? I help customers with their printing needs.
How long have you worked for Miller? 9 months
Where are you from? Austin, TX
What is your favorite activity around Austin? Seeing movies at the Alamo Drafthouse. They always have a good selection and some kind of fun event going on.
Do you have any secret talents? I like to do illustrations and sketches in my spare time.
What is your favorite barbecue joint? Rudy’s. The extra moist brisket is the best.
What do you like most about working for Miller? The great people I work with. Everyone is really kind and helpful.
What is your favorite food? Sushi
What are your three favorite movies? Hot Fuzz, Up, Tremors
What is your favorite book? In the Blink of an Eye: A Perspective on Film Editing by Walter Murch. Very informative, interesting and practical.
Name: Ashley Edge
Title: Reprographics Technician
What do you do for Miller? I produce our Large Format AEC prints!
How long have you worked for Miller? I’ve been working for Miller since September of 2021, so around a year and a half!
Where are you from? I was born in Macon, Georgia, but I’ve been all over! I spent most of my childhood bouncing between Georgia, Alaska, Texas, and Hawai’i.
What is your favorite activity around Austin? I love catching live music when I can. Austin has some really wonderful venues and it’s been so nice to explore the city in that way.
What or who is your favorite Austin Original? Epoch! Most of my friends are from Austin, and they took me to the North Loop location every time I visited. They’re a 24-hr joint, which is becoming increasingly rare in Austin. Great coffee, too!
What was the last TV show you binged? I finished up Trigun Stampede recently! Such a great show. It was produced by Studio Orange, who are known for their 2D-style CGI animation. Their entire production team is ushering in a new way of thinking about the medium, which is so exciting to see! The show itself is super interesting. Loved everything about it!
Do you have any secret talents? I’m an illustrator in my free time!
What is on your bucket list for the next 5 years? Visit Philadelphia, and probably working towards a degree!
What is your favorite movie? Tied between Boyhood and Frances Ha! I love movies that utilize time as a narrative tool, and Frances Ha is my favorite brand of bittersweet.
What do you like most about working for Miller? I love the people I work with! I’ve had the opportunity to work in the Downtown and North Austin locations, and getting to know everyone between the two stores has been amazing. Miller has a ton of interesting and wonderful people that I am so lucky to get to work alongside every day.
What is your favorite food? I love a good sandwich. A bagel sandwich, especially. I find myself at Nervous Charlie’s (a local bagel joint) a little too often, haha.
What is your favorite book? The Dispossessed by Ursula K. Le Guin! One of the greatest sci-fi novels of all time.
Have you ever seen a celebrity around Austin? I’m pretty sure I saw Jared Padalecki in an HEB once. Could’ve just been a really tall guy though, haha!
What is something that might surprise people about you? I’m a huge video game fan!
Written by Luci Miller
What a joy to celebrate our 25+ year veteran employees!
I sat down with them and tried to draw some fun stuff out of them. It will be a long one, so you may not make it to the end. I’ll start with what Steve Coyle (past GM) said about the 3 of them:
“Of all the outstanding employees working at Miller’s Sandra, Larry and Dalia are probably the best known. Every day they exemplify and practice Miller’s core values by being customer centric, using their superior industry knowledge and empowerment to perform at the highest level while demonstrating and leading us with a contagious positive attitude. For more than 25 years our customers and employees have trusted, depended and counted on Sandra, Larry and Dalia to meet, and even exceed their expectations, to guarantee their satisfaction. Beyond that, customers and employees alike have enjoyed Sandra’s, Larry’s and Dalia’s warm greetings, engaging conversations and humorous anecdotes. In a world gone digital it is nice to know there are people who care behind the firewall, who will pick up the phone, greet you with a smile when you visit and do whatever it takes to make you happy. Sandra, Larry and Dalia are those people, and we are delighted to have them representing and working at Miller’s.”
Observations from Josh Miller (Ops Director and my business partner):
“Dalia has been here since before we went digital, running bluelines and making deliveries, then working her way up to manager in a digital world.” She has learned and progressed continuously over 27 years. When we ask her to help in a role, she gives it her all.”
Sandra has been working here since September of 1980 (missing meeting our founder/my grandad by four months). “Making it though several generational ownership changes of Miller’s and additional GMs is a true testament to her dedication and ability to adapt to a changing workplace.”
“Customers love to just stop by and chat with Larry, even when they don’t have any work to pick up or drop off. Some even choose us over closer competitors just to talk to him.”
Interview with Sandra (9/2/1980)- a Metric Blvd store employee
What is your first memory? “Oh my gosh, it’s how crazy the little trio of Marty (Speed), Bobbie Sparrow and Dee (Turegano) all were. They always were telling stories about the crazy things they did at the old location on 10th Street by the bus station. Break in the lunchroom was always fun because at least one of them was there telling stories! Oh, and the survey department crew – It was like a comedy show all the time – pranksters! Not offensive, just fun.”
Do you remember any of the 10th Street location stories?
“Yeah, one was when some of the men carried Bobbie’s VW bug and put it upright in the elevator there! And another time, Bobbie got lingerie at Yaring’s on Congress and some pranksters hung it all up, I think on the elevator again. And then at 6th Street, I never met Evelyn (a long time switchboard operator) but I heard one day she went to the water fountain, pushed the button and said “Good Morning. Miller Blueprint” – everybody was just cracking up at her.”
What brought you here?
“The VOE (Vocational Education) program at my highschool, Del Valle. I started as a tenth grader. The teacher found the business to interview with and I came and interviewed with Harry Lind (GM at the time). He was really nice, really laid back and made the interview easy. My teacher kept asking me if I had a job and I didn’t hear back and didn’t hear back. Finally I called and he said “oh yeah, come on in.” And back then, you could take a lunch hour and run a bunch of errands. Now it takes a whole hour to just go get something to eat!” (Sandra started as a part time switchboard operator, then moved to our retail sales floor where we sold drafting supplies and later art supplies. In a handful of years she was in our accounting department and has been there ever since I bet she has learned to do things manually and been through at least 3 if not 4 different software packages – she has had to learn lots to keep up with the advances in technology, just like all of our employees making prints!)
Why have you stayed? (I said to each one “just too lazy to go look?” and get a laugh)
I liked the people I worked with. Where else would you find such nice people and all the benefits you offer? Who would want to go anywhere else? I tried [a nationwide nonprofit] but I lasted a day! I didn’t feel the warmth I felt at Miller’s. I kept saying I’d go back to school at ACC but I just never did. I was happy here so that’s where I stayed. We always just have a good batch of people. I remember your dad, Harry, Smitty… I finally cracked Gene Wilde- it took years before Gene finally warmed up. Then we were best buddies.”
Interview with Dalia Gonzalez (4/15/96) and Larry Williams (5/5/97) – both are 7th Street employees
What’s kept you here for 25 plus years?
Dalia: “Getting to learn stuff all the time. I ran bluelines where we fed every vellum in to get one print, Highway Plan department where we checked out mylars at the Highway Department and ran the prints for bid lettings, delivery driver, plat department and reprographics – lots to learn here! And, it’s a family owned business and not corporate.” (Dalia ran the plat department when it was a wet process. We had true blueprint paper that you would expose to the negative we had filed away, soak it in a bath -of what I don’t remember, rinse it off and literally hang it to dry. The print was either blue with white lines or white with deep blue lines depending on whether the negative was reversed out or not. Those prints would never fade so our surveyor customers liked to take those in the field. Hence, when ammonia processed blueLINEs came into being, we kept the old fashioned blueprint process going for the surveyors’ plat map orders. We think we were one of the last in the states to quit producing true blueprints.)
Larry: “Good people, good job situation, flexibility to play music and be creative. Those things are more important than they might sound. If one (thing) were off I might have to go do something different. Most of the people we’ve had have just been fun people to be around. Our customers are so diverse it keeps it fun. Seeing Josh grow up has been pretty cool (Josh began at age 13 riding his bike to work and working a couple of hours to keep him out of trouble in the summers!) Came in high school and amazed at how he is now. It’s been fun to see Madi grow up too – she making decisions, finishing things up, great to see her doing this. Remember the fun we had on Fridays after work at El Mercado?” Dalia: “yeah. Always the same group going to El Mercado on South 1st on Fridays. Fun memories.”
What is your first memory of working at Miller?
Larry; “It’s all slammed together. But a first one was talking with Clark (art supply managers) and learning about all of our art and drafting supplies. Meeting Frances (a favorite, long-time employee). And learning just how serious they were taking everything. I was on the same page! Felt like I was sort of maturing. Learning how to interact with people, keep them interested and just helping students. That poured into helping instructors. I remember the Art Extravaganzas that we threw – the baby expos at Millers – classes, meeting great people.”
Dalia: “running blueprints. Bluelines, rollvac sepias, and the wet process true blueprints that we ran just for plats.”
What are some other early or good memories?
Larry: “I love memories of Robert Miller telling jokes. He’d just make fun out of nowhere and it would hurt everybody so good – you’d never see it coming. He was a serious yet funny man – ‘Larry, what is this I found by the (xyz)?’ and it would be some super broken stuff. And I don’t know, someone would be mad – he’d come out of nowhere with some hilarity. And the break room? Robert, Gene Wilde and (a regular surveyor customer) – drinking coffee and telling the best old man jokes you just didn’t expect it!”
Dalia: “Frances’ going away party when Presley (our Taco Deli route driver) came and did a strip tease for her.” (removed shirt only I’m told, but Frances was definitely red! Never looked away but turned red!)
Larry: “I love it when people come in and say ‘THIS is what I used to get (Skyline and Dynamics) and now I know where to go!’ they realize not only is it easier to work with us but the end result is remarkably better across the board.”
Dalia “I like it when people say ‘you guys are great! You are better than kinkos/fedex!”
Larry likes that Dalia is still coming up with “new things” – Last week Dalia suggested polypropylene repro prints for a birthday banner for Larry’s wife’s 50th birthday party – super fun idea! Larry as a customer was actually surprised at how good it came out. Thought he’d have to use our graphics team for the banner but got it done in repro. (Repro is generally faster and a more economical price. The equipment in all departments just keeps getting better!)
Okay, who is the most famous person you’ve seen at Miller? (no certain order and most were at the 6th Street store)? Dalia and Larry came up with this list:
David Byrne (of the Talking Heads)
Mike Judge (King of the Hill / Beevis and Butthead)
The Paul Mitchell dude
Tye Pennington (that was in the last year at our 7th Street store)
“Shoot, the most famous were employees here! Natalie Sideserf (of Texas Cakebakers show and cake baking fame) and Brad Neeley. Brad was working on the salesfloor – he just broke out in his voices – we’d all crack up.” (Larry is wiki on Brad Neeley. According to Larry, Brad is the writer of Southpark and supervised it for 2 years. He started We Are Wizards at Alamo Drafthouse. Disney stories were read in a wizard voice. It would sell it out for two days straight. Larry also mentions Cartoon Washington. Spike and Mike tried to steal it, and Southpark hired him. Now created Babycakes, Professor Illinois and also his own show on cartoon network. I have not fact-checked Larry)
In closing, I read the nice things Steve Coyle wrote about them:
Dalia, “And he is right. We do go out of our way to make sure the customer is happy.”
I’m so proud of these 3 wonderful employees and all that they mean to our customers and our business. Thank you each wonderful person here. You have contributed so much!
Sincerely – Luci Miller
Name: Dan Rowlett
Title: Technical Account Manager
What do you do for Miller? I work with new and existing customers helping to educate and implement equipment, supply, and service strategies. I leverage Miller as the technology sales and service leader in the area.
How long have you worked for Miller? 3 Months
Where are you from? Dallas, TX
What is your favorite activity around Austin? Live music. A lot to choose from and always a good time.
What is a favorite Austin “thing” you’d recommend doing in Austin? SantaCon Pub Crawl. If you’re not a participant, be at one of the stops. Imagine walking into a pub surrounded by 100 Santas. Everyone is so happy and it’s really fun.
What is on your bucket list for the next 5 years? Travel. I’d like to see Ireland and Spain/Portugal someday.
What is your favorite book? Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance.
What is the most fun thing you’ve done in Austin? Anyone remember AquaFest and skipper pins? It was like being on vacation every night.
Have you ever seen a celebrity around Austin? If so, who? There are a lot. I seem to run into Jimmie Vaughn quite a bit.
What makes Miller IDS special? It’s like working with your family, and that extends to customers as well.
What is something that might surprise people about you? I had a radio show in college.
Name: Ian Johnson
Title: Service Manager
What do you do for Miller? I ensure that the Service Department is running smoothly by addressing service calls both internal and external.
How long have you worked for Miller? Since 2014, so 8 ½ years.
Where are you from? Round Rock, TX
What is your favorite activity around Austin? Going to the Arcade. A buddy of mine has one in his garage with arcade cabs and everything. I like the one-on-one competitive aspect of fighting games. The trash talk comes with the territory.
What was the last TV show you binged? Just finished all 8 seasons of Game of Thrones. Currently watching The Last of Us.
What is a favorite Austin “thing” you’d recommend doing in Austin? Check out the arcade scene. A lot of these places are run by small management and could really use your support to keep the scene alive. Like Arcade UFO and Arcade TGL (Texas Gamers Lounge)
What is on your bucket list for the next 5 years? I want to go to Evolution one day. Biggest fighting game tournament of the year. You can compare it to something like the Super Bowl. Also Japan but that might be further out than 5 years.
What do you like most about working for Miller IDS? Since I leave the office quite often to visit different customers, I get a lot of variety in my day.
Who do you most admire? This is easy. My wife 100%.
What is your favorite food? I make a pretty good Chicken Katsu Curry
If you could get Tacos from one place in Austin, where would it be? Tyson’s Tacos. My wife and I celebrated our house closing there right after we signed the paperwork for the keys. I will say that Taco Deli has THE superior salsa though. Roja all day.
What are your three favorite movies? Everything, Everywhere, All at Once, Your Name, Inception
What is the most fun thing you’ve done in Austin? Dreamhack Austin was great! Reimers Observatory is also fun. Get to look at space and the staff is knowledgeable.
What is your favorite sports team? Whatever team my wife roots for. It’s usually the Saints. I’m not much for sports.
What makes Miller IDS special? The people who work here. Hands down.
Name: Brittany Purce
Title: CIM Production Technician
What do you do for Miller? I print out large and small form, scan, and laminate
How long have you worked for Miller? 5 months
Where are you from? Webster, TX
What is your favorite activity around Austin? Swimming! I love going to Lake Travis; that’s where I spend most of the summer. I go down to Lago Vista to swim at Lake Travis.
What or who is your favorite Austin Original? Lake Travis, because you can swim, float, or be on a boat/fishing.
What was the last TV show you binged? Sweet Tooth (they need to give me the release date for season 2!)
Do you have any secret talents? I can talk to anyone! I’m a big social butterfly!
What is a favorite Austin “thing” you’d recommend doing? SWIMMING! It’s so good for the body! It builds endurance, muscle muscle strength and cardiovascular fitness but it’s the easiest on the body!
What is your favorite movie? The Professional (Leon)
What do you like most about working for Miller IDS? The Miller family! Everyone here is so sweet.
Who do you most admire? My grandmother
What is your favorite food? Bean and Cheese
What is your favorite book? Flowers in the Attic
What book would you recommend for anyone to read? Night
What is the most fun thing you’ve done in Austin? Kayaking or tubing
Who is your most memorable Austinite? Leslie
Have you ever seen a celebrity around Austin? I met Matthew McConaughey when I was 1 years old. My mom ran into him at a restaurant and talked to him and he called me cute!
What is your favorite sports team? UT
What makes Miller IDS special? The people
What is something that might surprise people about you? I’m partially deaf!
Title: President / Majority Owner
How long have you worked for Miller? I started working at Miller when I was 15 but left for 8 or so years in the early 90s after opening and managing the Metric Blvd store.
What is your favorite activity around Austin? I love memories of the opening 5K run for Trail of Lights. I love Christmas lights! I assume the event is packed now, but back when I lived close by I would not miss it. It was the least crowded night to attend.
Who or what is your favorite Austin Original? I have a few! Besides Miller Blueprint, it would be (1) Dwain Kelley who always has a great human-interest story, (2) the fact that Maudie’s only opens new locations on Texas Independence Day, and (3) a casual drink at Lala’s during Christmastime.
What was the last TV show you binged? Yellowstone. I’m still glued to it.
What is your favorite barbecue joint? I love Stiles Switch. Both the meats and the sides are fantastic, and I do not have to drive far to get it. A close second is Terry Black’s. Love that place but the sides are not as good (in my opinion). I did make the trek to Snow’s twice – once the line was just too long, and the other was the one weekend of the year that they close to go to the beach. Tootsie the Pit Master was still there to tell people she was sorry we came down when there was no food. Very cool to see her working (the time the line was too long for me to wait in!)
What makes Miller IDS special? It is always the people who make Miller IDS special. We have a great team and whether it’s a 40 year veteran or a 3-month newbie, our people are fantastic.
Title: Graphics Production Assistant
What do you do for Miller? I mostly handle small format prints including business cards, postcards, and booklets.
How long have you worked for Miller? I’m nearing 6 months with Miller. I actually started in the front printing blueprints and moved to the graphics department recently.
Where are you from? I grew up near Seattle Washington, but moved to Austin from Florida after finishing school.
What is your favorite activity around Austin? I love exploring the creeks and hiking trails. I’m happy to live in a city with so many natural spaces.
What was the last TV show you binged? Right now I can’t get enough of Great British Baking Show on Netflix. It’s so funny to me how different it is from American cooking shows. (Less yelling and they’re actually nice to each other).
What’s your favorite barbecue joint? Terry Blacks Barbecue! Their brisket is amazing.
What is your favorite movie? My favorite movie is Spirited Away, I’m a sucker for Ghibli films.
What do you like most about working for Miller? I really enjoy working for a family company that has such a long history in the area. It feels good to know we’re doing a lot of printing for the community and other local businesses.
What is your favorite food? I’m definitely a foodie and have many favorites on my list, but the top would have to be sushi. (Lucky Robot on Congress is my favorite in Austin so far)
Name: Matt Recek
Title: Technology Account Manager
Matt Recek was promoted early this year to Technology Account Manager, primarily selling our printing equipment, both wide format and small format equipment. Matt previously was our Equipment Sales Administrator and knows the in’s and out’s of the service, supplies and equipment operations.
If you see Matt out and about at ABC events, SMPS events, or ACEA events, please give him a warm hello – I know you will get one back! Our customers love his ability to be laid back and friendly while taking care of your business needs with the utmost of urgency. Matt is a native Austinite and went to McCallum High School, followed by a four-year stint in Lubbock where he graduated from Texas Tech.
If you are interested in an HP Wide Format printer, or an Epson or Xerox small format printer, please reach out to Matt and give Miller IDS a shot at that business! I think you’ll be pleased at what you get both from Matt and from our service team!
Title: CIM Production Manager, 7th Street
What do you do for Miller? I manage the A/E/C printing department at our 7th Street store
How long have you worked for Miller? 26 years
Where are you from? Pearland, TX
What was the last TV show you binged? The Tinder Swindler
Have you ever seen a celebrity around Austin? Ty Pennington. I took a picture with him here at Miller. (pictured above)
What’s your favorite barbecue joint? Kreuz in Lockhart, TX – It’s the place that my mother loved to go to have lunch on a Saturday afternoon.
What is your favorite movie? The Color Purple
What do you like most about working for Miller? That they have let me grow in the company.
What is your favorite food? Mexican food and good burgers
What is your favorite sports team? Miami Dolphins
What makes Miller IDS special? It’s family owned and easy going
Name: Larry Williams
Title: Customer Service Rep (at 7th Street)
Years working for Miller? 25 years as of Cinco de Mayo!
Larry is our wonderful front desk greeter and customer service rep at the 7th Street store. He has been with us since we were at 6th street- now 25 years as of Cinco de Mayo!
Larry is the team member we get the most comments and compliments on and it is easy to see why! He always has a smile on his face and can strike up a conversation with anyone about anything. He has a way of making everyone feel welcome and comfortable and is just a great person all around! We are so glad to have Larry as part of our Miller IDS family! We’ve included a few of the comments we have gotten about Larry from customers over the years!
Larry is also in a band called Afrofreque and their music has been described as “soulful hip-hop, sprinkled with funk, afrobeat and reggae”. Check out their Facebook page to find out when you can see them live! We are so glad to have Larry as part of our Miller IDS family! We’ve included a few of the comments we have gotten about Larry from customers over the years!
“It is such a joy to come into the 7th street location and see Dana and Larry and the rest of the crew as well.” – Janis Fowler
“Larry and the rest of the staff who I’ve worked with have all been professional and very welcoming. I feel like I’m walking into “Cheers” (where everyone knows your name) when I visit. That is a rare thing these days, and is very appreciated!” – Rhea Groepper Pettit
“One of the memories of working with y’all that will always stick with me, is when I went to pick up my order, and the man [Larry] who brought the posters out said, “You made everybody here cry real tears!” And we had a really nice conversation about the artwork and our changing city, with a lot of laughs and heart-warming smiles.” – Jessica Fontenot
“It’s a treat when Larry brings my order out to the parking lot…what a nice guy!” – Sarah Wilson
“The ‘Famous Larry’ makes me smile.” – Dennis Hobbs of Texas Disposal Services / TDS
“As an artist, I have dealt with Larry and Dana many times. They put a great face on Miller and are so likable.” Frank Robinson
“Every time I come by the shop, which is often several times a week, Larry greets me with the most genuine warmth and friendliness. Dana, Larry and the Miller team make every printing experience feel like working with trusted friends, and I’m so grateful to get to share a creative community with such wonderful humans!” – Calhan Hale
“Larry Williams !!!! One of a kind. Always has a smile on his face… Courteous… Helpful… Will brighten anyone’s day… Plus my son went to school with Larry and said he was the same way in high school… Luci, Larry is definitely a spotlight for Miller Imaging and Digital Solutions and has been that way for the 35 years I have been doing business with you.” – Dennis Hobbs of Texas Disposal Services / TDS (in response to our newsletter!)
The photo of Larry was sent to us by our customer, Emily Little, with the subject “A wonderful welcome!!” – and a wonderful welcome he is!
Name: Chris Bevill
Title: Graphics Production Manager
What do you do for Miller? Small & Large Format Printing/Graphics
How long have you worked for Miller? Almost 8 years
Where are you from? Austin, TX
What is your favorite activity around Austin? I enjoy the live music scene. My brother-n-law, Cade Baccus, plays honkytonk and we watch him regularly. He plays every Wednesday night at Buddy’s Place on Burnet Rd.
What was the last TV show you binged? Letterkenny. A simple comedy that constantly makes me laugh.
What’s your favorite barbecue joint? Louie Mueller Barbeque in Taylor.
What is on your bucket list for the next 5 years? Visit a new country. There’s a lot to experience out there.
What is your favorite food? Pastor. I can’t get enough of it.
If you could get Tacos from one place in Austin, where would it be? There’s a little hidden gem just outside of Austin in Manor selling birria tacos. It’s called El Bandido Suelto. Highly recommend it.
What is your favorite book? Where the Red Fern Grows. My 5th grade teacher gifted me a copy and I still own it.
Have you ever seen a celebrity around Austin? When I was in college, I worked security at the ACL Festival. One night I was working the VIP section and could only let in people with passes. Pat Green came up without a pass, I nodded, and he nodded, then I let him in.
What is your favorite sports team? I’m from Austin so naturally I am a Chicago Bears fan. And of course, I’m a big Longhorns fan.
What is something that might surprise people about you? I was a TSA Officer.
Name: Madi Maurice
Title: Special Projects Coordinator and Prepress
What do you do for Miller? I do pre-press for our graphics department, making sure files are set up correctly for our production team. I also create our monthly e-newsletter and handle any marketing and random internal tasks that come up.
How long have you worked for Miller? 3 years!
Where are you from? I’m a fourth generation Austininte!
What was the last TV show you binged? I just finished watching Pieces of Her on Netflix. I liked it but found the story line to be slightly confusing. I still had a few questions at the end that I felt weren’t cleared up. I want to read the book now to see if it explains everything more!
What is on your bucket list for the next 5 years? I would love to go to Ireland, Scotland, and England!
What are your three favorite movies? The Internship with Owen Wilson and Vince Vaughn is probably my all-time favorite movie. I think I’ve seen it close to 50 times! I also love Clueless, 10 Things I Hate About You, and Chef! That’s more than 3 but those are my picks off the top of my head.
What do you like most about working for Miller? I am John D. Miller’s great granddaughter so it is really special being able to help continue the family business and legacy. For me, there’s a sense of pride in working here!
Who do you most admire? My parents! Growing up, it was nice to see both my parents be successful by taking different approaches in their lives and careers. My mom took the more traditional route of college, and my dad didn’t attend college at all, but worked hard and later started his own business, Rainmaker Document Technologies which he has since sold. They are both very inspirational and have shown me there’s not only one path to success.
What is your favorite food? Lasagna is my favorite food but I eat Tex-Mex more often than any other cuisine! I can never get sick of Tex-Mex!
What is your favorite book? I don’t think I have a favorite book, but I have a favorite genre. I love a good mystery/thriller. I liked Verity by Colleen Hoover, but it was dark, and I’ve enjoyed Lucy Foley’s books. For something mysterious but not anxiety-inducing, I loved The Lions of Fifth Avenue and The Thursday Murder Club! I also just finished Where the Crawdads sing and loved it! I’m currently reading The Other Mrs.- reading has become a big hobby of mine in the last year!
What is the most fun thing you’ve done in Austin? I was able to go to the last live show at Studio 6A when Garth Brooks performed and it was really exciting and very special!
What makes Miller IDS special? The history and the people! Over 100 years ago my great, great grandfather created this company, and since then our family has been able to shift, adapt, and keep it going. I think that is really special. I also think the people that work here (and have worked here) are some really incredible people and a few have been working here since before I was born which I think says something! I also have great memories of visiting my mom and granddad at work when I was younger. I have vivid memories of running around the old West 6th location and climbing up all the steep stairs and exploring the back storage ramp which was once part of a car dealership.
Name: Adelaide Powell
Title: Digital Services Coordinator
What do you do for Miller? I manage the Plan Room (www.planroom.millerids.com) and scan documents.
How long have you worked for Miller? 4 years
Where are you from? Texas born and raised.
What is your favorite Austin Original? Book People! Great independent bookstore, huge selection, and good coffee. I especially love that they carry books from UT Press and boost local authors.
What was the last TV show you binged? The Witcher. A bit on the gory side but great story.
If you could get Tacos from one place in Austin, where would it be? Tyson’s Tacos on Airport.
What book would you recommend for anyone to read? Happy City by Charles Montgomery or any book by Robert McFarlane.
What is your favorite sports team? As a kid I loved playing soccer but haven’t watched many pro games… so I may pick up an Austin FC allegiance.
Title: Account Manager
What do you do for Miller? I manage both new and existing customer accounts in collaboration with the rest of my team in the graphics department.
How long have you worked for Miller? Just under 3 months
Where are you from? Baytown, Texas
What is your favorite activity around Austin? Hiking with my wife and dog and fishing some of the local lakes and ponds.
Do you have any secret talents? I’m an academically trained fine arts painter and screen printer.
What is on your bucket list for the next 5 years? Buying a house!
What’s your favorite barbecue joint? The late Joe Cotton’s BBQ formerly of Robstown, Texas
What is something that might surprise people about you? I have 7 sisters and 3 brothers.
What do you like most about working for Miller? Getting a chance to solve a new problem each day and working towards graphics solutions that surprise and satisfy our customers!
What is your favorite food? Seafood of any kind.
If you could get Tacos from one place in Austin, where would it be? La Tunita 512
What is your favorite sports team? Houston Astros
What makes Miller IDS special? The history and legacy of this company and the customer relationships that have been fostered over the years.
Name: Megan Passailaigue
Title: Production Technician
What do you do for Miller? I mainly reproduce plans for architects/engineers/etc.
How long have you worked for Miller? 8 months
Where are you from? Austin, TX.
What is your favorite activity around Austin? Checking out different parks with my kids… there are so many!
Who or what is your favorite Austin original? Tito’s Vodka
What is a favorite Austin “thing” you’d recommend doing? The annual Mozart’s Christmas light show.
What is on your bucket list for the next 5 years? I’d love to visit Antelope Canyon in Arizona.
What is your favorite movie? The Shawshank Redemption
What do you like most about working for Miller IDS? The welcoming environment and all of my amazing coworkers.
Who do you most admire? My mom.
What is your favorite food? Tex-Mex.
What book would you recommend for anyone to read? “You Are a Badass” by Jen Sincero
Name: Sydney Donelson
Title: CSSR Graphics Department
What do you do for Miller? I assist our customers with their graphic orders, and help out wherever else I can!
How long have you worked for Miller? 4 months!
Where are you from? Born and raised in Austin, TX.
What was the last TV show you binged? Squid Game and Midnight Mass!
What is your favorite barbecue joint? La Barbecue off Cesar Chavez. Their brisket is TO DIE FOR! Pro-tip is to place an online order, to avoid the insane line!
What do you like most about working for Miller? I really love the ins and outs of working in our graphics department. No two days are ever the same, and I love that challenge!
What is your favorite book? I’m stuck between the Princess Bride, or Frankenstein!
Who is your most memorable Austinite? I come from a very music-oriented family. So, I would have to say Janis Joplin, or Stevie Ray Vaughan!
What makes Miller IDS special? Everyone, from our customers to coworkers, make this place very special! It’s always a warm, kind, and welcoming environment, and I think that’s a rare find these days!
Name: Elesha Marsh
Title: CSSR Graphics Department
What do you do for Miller? I assist customers with their printing needs/wants, process orders and help my co-workers when and where I can.
How long have you worked for Miller? 7 months (with 19 years of experience in the industry!)
Where are you from? League City, TX
What or who is your favorite Austin Original? Full English. I worked this café on the weekends for many years. It was a cozy little place where people enjoyed their breakfast while laughing with their friends or just curled up on the couch with tea and a book. Grownups and kids would come dressed up for High Tea! Full English closed in 2020. It was a very special place and is sorely missed.
What was the last TV show you binged? I just finished Supernatural and now moving on to Breaking Bad…need to see what all the fuss is about. 🙂
What are your three favorite movies? Shawshank Redemption, Man On Fire, and Fargo. This could all change tomorrow; there’s just too many good movies!
What is your favorite book? The Dark Tower series by Stephen King.
What makes Miller IDS special? Miller employees…they’re just good people!
What do you do for Miller? Work in the reprographics department
How long have you worked for Miller? 2 years
Where are you from? San Antonio
What is your favorite activity around Austin? Hitting the bike trail at the river. Good sights and good exercise.
Do you have any secret talents? Illustration
What makes Miller IDS special? The fact that the Great Depression, Great Recession, and the Pandemic combined weren’t able to take this place down.
What do you do for Miller? Emotional support and entertainment
How long have you worked for Miller? 2.5 years
Where are you from? Boston, MA
What was the last TV show you binged? Yellowstone! I loved barking at the horses!
What is your favorite activity around Austin? Playing fetch with tennis balls or my favorite dragon stuffed animal and driving around town with the windows down! I love the wind in my hair!
What or who is your favorite Austin Original? Tomlinson’s! They have the best snacks!
Do you have any secret talents? When I play ball with my person, she says “closer” and I toss it right at her feet. She says I’m super smart!
What is a favorite Austin “thing” you’d recommend to do in Austin? Mexican food on a patio- I love tortilla chips! La Mancha is my favorite!
What’s your favorite barbecue joint? My mom makes my favorite BBQ. She smokes super yummy chicken!
What do you like most about working for Miller? Getting to hang out with Steve Coyle because he always has treats and tiny pink tennis balls for me to play with! Oh, and I like being by my mom’s side all the time!
What is your favorite food? Duck heart treats from Tomlinson’s, tortilla chips, and chicken!
If you could get Tacos from one place in Austin, where would it be? I love sausage, egg, and cheese tacos from Taco Shack and TacoDeli!
What makes Miller IDS special? That everyone shares their food with me, loves on me, and they let me run around and greet customers!
Title: Accounting Manager
What do you do for Miller? Oversee or do all things Accounting & Payroll
How long have you worked for Miller? 4 years
Where are you from? North Dakota, Minnesota, Ohio, Arkansas, but mostly Texas! (Arkansas is a close 2nd – WooPigSooie!!)
What or who is your favorite Austin Original? I have never really thought about it but I guess off the top of my head, I would have to say, Matthew McConaughey. I don’t necessarily agree with everything he says or does, but he seems true to himself and passionate about what he believes. He is a very interesting character (and he has a cute smile!)! It appears he does a lot for his community and dedicates significant effort towards being open-minded for self-improvement. I respect those aspects very much. Alright Alright Alright!
What was the last TV show you binged? My favorite binged show was Ozark. I also really liked The Wire.
Who do you most admire? My Granddaughter – Nahla Danielle
If you could get tacos from only one place in Austin, where would it be? Torchy’s
Do you have any secret talents? Can’t tell, it’s a secret! Lol!
What is an Austin “thing” you’d recommend to do in Austin? Spending the day on Lake Travis and then enjoying grilled steaks!
What do you like most about working for Miller? The employees and leadership
What is your favorite food? ChickaChickaBoomBoom at Chuy’s
What is your favorite sports team? Arkansas Razorbacks and Minnesota Vikings
What makes Miller IDS special? The 100-year history!
Name: Sandra Rodriguez
Title: Senior Office Administrator
What do you do for Miller? I do AP (accounts payable), AR (accounts received), anything else that needs to get done.
How long have you worked for Miller? 40 years
Where are you from? Austin, TX
What is your favorite activity around Austin? Going out to eat.
What was the last TV show you binged? The Real Housewives of New Jersey
What’s your favorite barbecue joint? Stiles Switch- Sorry Southside Meat.
What’s your favorite movie? West Side Story with Rita Moreno.
What is on your bucket list for the next 5 years? To get to Hawaii- I’ve always wanted to go there.
Who do you most admire? My parents – loving, caring, and their hard work ethic.
What is your favorite food? I love pasta, especially spaghetti.
If you could get tacos from only one place in Austin, where would it be? Joe’s bakery- them make ‘em just like I like them.
Do you have any secret talents? Making tamales- they tell me just like my Grandmothers.
What are your three favorite movies? Saturday Night Fever, Titanic, Little Miss Sunshine.
Have you ever seen a celebrity around Austin? Sandra Bullock when we were at 6th Street.
What is your favorite sports team? Dallas Cowboys.
Title: Graphics Production Manager
What do you do for Miller? Small & Large Format Printing/Graphics
How long have you worked for Miller? 4 months
Where are you from? Originally from Cleveland, OH; lived most of my life in Birmingham, AL.
What is your favorite activity around Austin? Outdoor activities like hiking, camping, and fishing. So many great parks and trails in and around Austin. I love to get out and enjoy nature.
What or who is your favorite Austin Original? Willie Nelson. I think everyone knows about Austin because of Willie.
What was the last TV show you binged? Schitt’s Creek – fantastic show and hilarious.
What is a favorite Austin “thing” you’d recommend doing? Barton Springs or Deep Eddy Pool.
What’s your favorite barbecue joint? Kerlin BBQ on E. Caesar Chavez (my go-to place), also love la Barbecue (usually a wait). Black’s and Terry Black’s are also consistently solid.
What is on your bucket list for the next 5 years? Visit Yosemite or Yellowstone, or both hopefully.
What is your favorite movie? Raising Arizona – other favorites are Princess Bride, The Jerk, and Young Frankenstein
What do you like most about working for Miller? My awesome co-workers!
Who do you most admire? Bob Dylan
What is your favorite food? Thai food, but also sweets.
If you could get tacos from only one place in Austin, where would it be? Brick and mortar- Papalote. Trucks- Tacos Guerrero, Veracruz, Rosita’s Al Pastor & Yucatan Tacos.
What makes Miller IDS special? The amount of services, the quality of work and services and the people, of course!
Title: Technology Service Technician
What do you do for Miller? Everything I can, mostly servicing the printing products we sell and have in-house.
How long have you worked for Miller? 1 year
Where are you from? Born and raised in Austin
Who do you most admire? Ann Richards
What is the most fun thing you’ve done in Austin? Grow up
Do you have any secret talents? Aspiring Woodworker, Beer Brewer, and BBQ’er
What is your favorite activity around Austin? Visiting Brew Pubs and Breweries
What or who is your favorite Austin Original? Ray Wiley Hubbard
What was the last TV show you binged? Mandalorian and any Godzilla movies (because I’m mentally 10 years old).
What is your favorite Austin “thing” you would recommend doing? Pre-Covid, SXSW, and every festival Austin throws.
What is your favorite barbecue joint? Salt Lick. Some of the best brisket ever.
What is on your bucket list for the next 5 years? Not to kick it 😉
What is your favorite movie? James Bond movies with Sean Connery or Daniel Craig
What is your favorite food? BBQ and Asian Cuisines
Have you ever seen a celebrity around Austin? During SXSW several years back I chauffeured Matthew McConaughey to an event
Title: Service Manager
What do you do for Miller? I handle all the administrative duties associated with our Equipment Department, specifically the service and supplies responsibilities for the HP, Xerox and Epson printers in our customers’ offices.
How long have you worked for Miller? about a year and a half
Where are you from? Austin, Texas
What is a favorite Austin “thing” you’d recommend doing? If you have never been to Austin, I would recommend going to see live music. Regardless of your taste in music, Austin has something to offer for everyone. If you do not mind large crowds I would recommend going to SXSW or the Austin City Limits Music Festival.
What’s your favorite barbecue joint? My favorite BBQ joint in Austin is La Barbeque. The owner used to work at the famous Louie Mueller located in Taylor, Texas, and has since grown her business from a small trailer on the east side of Austin to one of the most respected BBQ restaurants in the entire state. Their current building shares space with a small neighborhood grocery store so it gives off a great local family vibe.
What is your favorite movie? Jackie Brown, which is a Quentin Tarantino film and most people do not know that.
What do you like most about working for Miller? I really enjoy the family atmosphere; it feels like we’ve all known each other for some time.
What is your favorite activity around Austin? Barton Creek greenbelt or Barton Springs Pool.
If you could get tacos from one place in Austin, where would it be? Torchy’s Tacos
Have you ever seen a celebrity around Austin? If so, who? I saw Matthew McConaughey back in the late 1990’s at a restaurant called The Filling Station.
What is your favorite sports team? Houston Astros
Name: Anthony “Tiger” Davis
Where did you get that nickname? My uncle called me “Tony the Tiger” (Frosted Flakes, ya know?) and the “Tiger” part stuck.
Title: Warehouse Clerk
What do you do for Miller? I make sure inventory is received and organized in our warehouse, and I help deliver and install HP, Epson, and Xerox printers. Right now, I do a lot of print deliveries. Our jobs have all changed some with the pandemic.
How long have you worked for Miller? I just hit my two-year anniversary with Miller, but I’ve done moving work for Miller’s since 2014.
Where are you from? Manor. I ran track for the Manor Mustangs.
What was the last TV show you binged? The Have and the Have Nots, a Tyler Perry Show
Do you have any secret talents? I coach Summer Track (track and field). I have a good group of kids that I train; I love seeing them perform and compete. We all can’t win, so I tell them to go out and have fun and compete well.
What’s your favorite barbecue joint? Southside Market
What fills your weekends? Refereeing flag football and tackle football, coaching track and field, and my grandbabies.
What is your favorite movie? Love and Basketball
What do you like most about working for Miller? The people. They’re good people to work with.
What is your favorite food? Tacos. Beef tacos.
Have you ever seen a celebrity around Austin? If so, who? I saw Matthew McConaughey at Starbucks.
What is your favorite sports team? I have 3! My football teams are the Dallas Cowboys, the Longhorns, and the Manor Mustangs.
Our Awesome Curb Service Team
At our downtown store, the usual folks up to bat are Larry Williams and Nik Sauer. Larry has been in customer service with us for over 20 years now and remains a prominent face of Miller. Nik Sauer is our Manager of CIM/Repro over both stores but has been held captive at 7th Street for customer service since about March 15th. Nik is behind the scenes no more!
At our Metric Blvd store, we have David Gill, Becca Tambunga and Alex Rodriquez mostly playing the Sonic Drive-in Carhop role and bustin’ it doing print work, too. David is our CIM/Repro manager at the Metric store, and Becca is our supervisor. Becca stays busy at home with kids and a cat; juxtapose to that theme, Dave leaves the store daily planning his next socially distant outing. Alex is newer. and great, addition to the team, working with us for about a year now!
We give it up to these fine folks who enable us to continue serving you in person from the parking lots of both stores!
Role: Our Delivery Drivers
We have moved five fine folks into positions that place them at your beck and call for all your delivery needs. Daniel Foote is back delivering from 7th Street unless he is in our graphics department helping out with fabrication and installation. Tiger Davis is sharing his beaming smile while delivering around town and also operating as our warehouseman. Richard Thornton is also delivering and available to service equipment (both yours and ours!). Matt Recek is delivering from our North store, while also completing supply orders for your printers. You will also see Ian Johnson (not pictured) doubling as a driver and taking your requests for service needs on your equipment.
We are PLEASED AS PUNCH to have these fine folks working in our stores and knocking on your front doors! They are masked upon arrival, in case you were wondering!
Title: Nik Sauer
Title: CIM and Digital Service Manager
What do you do for Miller? Oversee the CIM department for both Miller locations.
How long have you worked for Miller? 7 years
Where are you from? Henderson, Kentucky
What or who is your favorite Austin Original? Maudi’s Tex-Mex on N Lamar; best margaritas in town.
What’s your favorite barbecue joint? Oakwood on Braker; there is no line!
Who do you most admire? Steve Coyle.
What is your favorite book? The Stranger by Albert Camus
What are your three favorite movies? Repo Man, American Psycho, No Country for Old Men
What is the most fun thing you’ve done in Austin? Hitting up the skate parks on a Saturday morning
What makes Miller IDS special? Family-owned with family values makes it a special place to work!
Name: Josh Miller
Title: Director of Operations
What do you do for Miller? I make sure everything runs smoothly and everyone is happy; customers and employees.
How long have you worked for Miller? 24 years
Where are you from? Austin
What is your favorite activity around Austin? Recently, my wife and I have enjoyed taking our daughter to the Lady Bird Wildflower Center. She’s getting to where she loves to run around in open spaces.
What or who is your favorite Austin Original? Leslie Cochran, R.I.P. He was a great Austin character.
What was the last TV show you binged? We don’t get to binge many TV shows anymore, but we most recently watched the documentary series about Kevin Hart on Netflix. It was pretty interesting.
Do you have any secret talents? I can juggle and turn a dollar bill into a bow tie.
What is a favorite Austin “thing” you’d recommend to do? I would recommend going to get some Tex-Mex and a margarita and sit outside when the weather is nice.
What makes Miller IDS special? The fact that it’s been in my family for 100 years. We’ve stood the test of time and have figured out how to keep ourselves relevant for 4 generations. I’m very proud of our company.
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 laughs 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 with him as 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 executives, 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 have 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 wonderfully 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: 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.
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!
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 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!