BY JACLYN ROSE –
Skip Miller grew up in New Mexico moved to Germany and completed his secondary education there. After high school graduation he moved back to the United States and began working on a Bachelor’s of Fine Arts in Graphic Design Degree from New Mexico University. During that time he worked in his garage creating vehicle graphics to supplement his income. After completing his degree, he continued working at his profession and eventually moved to Arkansas. In 2005 Miller decided it was time to begin working on his own and began his business, Miller Signs and Graphix. “I’ve always had my own sign making equipment, but I had always worked for someone else until one day I decided to go out on a limb. I call it being successfully unemployed for the past nine, almost ten, years,” Miller said with a grin.
At Miller Signs and Graphix they work hard to offer anything their customers would expect from a company specializing in advertising: custom signs, banners, vehicle wraps, business cards, custom logos, t-shirts, and hats, just to name a few. Miller also greatly enjoys working with new start up businesses, “we started our business on a shoe string budget. We actually worked off the floor for several weeks because we couldn’t afford wood for a table. Because of this, I try really hard to work with people to help them build their business from the floor on up. I try to give them the maximum bang for their buck. I keep my shop small and my expenses down so I can pass the savings along to my customer. It is a hard economy right now and every dollar counts.” After eight years in the North Side Shopping Center, Miller Signs and Graphix has moved to a great new location at 1100 Highway 71 North, Suite E, in the Atwoods Shopping Center.
Miller and his wife, Jennifer, a local bank employee, were married five years ago and together they are raising two children, Austin, a 19 year old college student and Teagan, a 14 year old student at Acorn High School. “My wife is a fantastic woman. She keeps everything straight and organized and running correctly. I couldn’t do anything without her, she really is a wonderful woman,” said Miller.
It is not entirely too often that someone thoroughly enjoys the line of work they are in, but it is true of Miller and very evident when he speaks of his work,
“I love what I do,” Miller explained, “I get to wake up every day and do the same thing but I do it completely differently. Every time I think I have put graphics on everything I could possibly put graphics on, someone comes in and asks me to do something different, from a baby crib to wrapping a full truck and everything in between.”
Thankful for his loyal customers and supportive family, Miller is pleased with his business, his new location and the wonderful people he serves, “I firmly believe to have a good business you have to have great customers and I have great customers, nothing succeeds without that. Polk County is a great place. I have developed great friendships, I have wonderful customers, and I love the safety aspect of the community, it is bar none and I really enjoy that.”