|Michael Glen Miller|
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B.Sc. - The Ohio State University, 1999
Area of emphasis: Horticulture
"If you are going into the sales and service area of the green industry, it is important to know your materials inside and out," says General Manager of Decker’s Nursery Mike Miller
. To serve the customer’s changing needs Mike must be up to date on the latest research and product development. Short courses, trade shows, magazines and journals provide Mike access to the changing industry. Whether it is new chemicals or new growing techniques, Mike puts his horticultural knowledge into action with each customer request and takes great pride in the long-term relationships he develops with his clients. "It is impossible to know what question a customer is going to ask, so you have to know as much as possible," related Mike.
Mike Miller’s internship with Decker’s allowed him to explore different areas of the industry and figure out what suited him best. For Mike the internship was by far his most important experience at OSU because the work experience complemented his education. "The hands on experience I received while I was going to school showed me that to be successful in this industry continuous education is needed."
Miller encourages students to explore industry options because, "the opportunities for new graduates are endless as long as you realize that you need to prove yourself outside of the classroom. You still have to work your way up the company ladder, but the college degree offers you a sturdy ladder on which to climb."