JD began his techology career during the dot-com boom as employee number 26 of a web content management company that went public with one of the largest technology IPOs of its time.
Eager to repeat that exprience, he went on to take progressive leadership roles at international organizations seeking sales transformations - whether that be strong increases in revenue or preparation for merger, acquisition, or IPO.
Currently the Chief Revenue Officer of Motus, he led the sales and marketing team from a half-billion dollar PE purchase through exit as the seventh-largest investment return Thoma Bravo has ever experienced in tech. He continues in the role today, while also serving as an advisor to companies in 1871 - Chicago's Tech Incubator.
With a PhD in organizational communication, JD's leadership is marked by the intersection of technology, business and humanity - and is frequently sought as a conference speaker or Board consultant on those topics.
JD believes that no one achieves success without the help of others. Some folks need a little, and others need more. That's why JD's philanthropic priority is to invest in organizations that help individuals achieve their full potential.
As the founding President and Board Chair Emeritus of Care for Friends, JD established a non-profit that connects Chicago's most vulernable with the resources they need to achieve a better quality of life.
That involves creating community around a hot meal for over 12,500 homeless guests annually who get connected to permanent housing, job skills and sober mental or physical health. It also includes a mobile food pantry serving four hundred homeless Chicago Public School students and their families.
The organization's annual Sleepout for Homlessness involves hundreds of volunteers each winter raising money for the cause - and through JD's leadership, contributed to the construction of $7M community center in 2022.
JD is also a member of the Advisory Board for the Department of Communication at the University of Illinois, the home of his undergraduate and graduate degrees. There, he has established the James D. Miller Endowment which supports students pursuing business careers, as well as the JD Miller Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Internships.