Owner & Chief Executive Officer – The Airtex Group
Mike Miller is the owner and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of The Airtex Group. Mike works with his executive and leadership teams to set strategic direction for the company as well as mentoring the teams responsible for running the daily operations.
Mike is a third-generation entrepreneur who started his career learning the manufacturing business from the ground up, first on the factory floor (of the then) Miller Bag Company (started by his grandfather in 1918) and then selling and servicing major OEM accounts such as Toro, Lawnboy, Honda, 3M, TSI and Phillips Medical. Today The Airtex Group still services the OEM markets, and they also have a retail division which services and sells to retailers such as Room and Board, Magnolia, Pottery Barn, West Elm, Pottery Barn Kids and Restoration Hardware.
In addition to leading The Airtex Group, Mike has been a founding member of several successful start-up organizations, most notably Minnesota Thermal Science, which was purchased by Pelican Products and now is a division called Pelican Bio-thermal. He is currently actively assisting in the growth and direction of Claros Technologies, an organization which is committed to sustainability in the treatment of textile materials and eradicating PFAS and mercury from our ground water and landfills.
Committed to giving back, Mike dedicates time to several nonprofit organizations, including ISAIC – The Industrial Sewing and Innovation Center (this organization is working to train and educate people in the sewing trade and also bring innovation and automation to the industry as well), Loaves and Fishes (a meal program serving hot meals to those in need throughout seven counties in Minnesota), Adath Jeshurun Synagogue, and Marnita’s Table (a training and consulting organization helping organizations and communities find common ground across race, class, and culture).
Mike attended Ithaca College where he received a Bachelor of Science degree and San Diego State where he studied Exercise Physiology and received a degree with the American College of Sports Medicine.