JD Miller began his technology sales career during the dot-com boom as employee number 26 of a company that was eventually acquired by Vignette – a web content management company that had one of the largest public market valuations of the time at $9 billion.
Eager to repeat that experience, JD built a career with a series of progressive leadership roles at international organizations seeking sales transformations – whether that be strong increases in revenue, preparation for merger, acquisition, or IPO.
His career has included roles at LexisNexis, West Monroe Partners, Workplace Systems, BravoSolution, and Motus - backed by or exiting to private equity firms including Lloyds Development Capital, Insight Partners, Accel-KKR, and Thoma Bravo. Currently, he is Chief Revenue Officer at Kantata, and a go-to-market Operating Advisor for Five Arrows Capital Partners.
With a PhD in organizational communication, JD's leadership is marked by the intersection of technology, business and humanity. He serves as a Board advisor, prolific author, and conference speaker on these 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.