After more than 30 years in the sports marketing field, Dave Miller has rubbed elbows with stars on the field and been behind the scenes of some major events. He worked as the corporate sales director for the San Diego Sockers before taking on an 11-year gig as the sales and marketing consultant for the San Diego Chargers. He also worked with Chargers linebacker Junior Seau, securing endorsement contracts with GTE, McDonald’s and Carl's Jr.
In 1999, Miller decided to expand his services to encompass the entire sports marketing field by founding Integrated Sports Marking (ISM), where he still serves as president today. Since then, ISM has developed and managed events including the Cox Celebrity Championship hosted by Drew Brees, YachtFest, Pechanga Celebrity Poker Challenge, and the Philip Rivers Celebrity Walk and Fun Run.
Miller has also worked to help nonprofits, including The Ronald McDonald House Charities of San Diego, the American Diabetes Association - San Diego Chapter, the Aztecs Athletic Foundation and Kick for a Cure.
When he’s not putting on major sporting events, Miller is likely on the sidelines cheering on one of his own kids during their games. Miller lives in Carmel Valley with his wife Teresa, and his three children: Nicholas, Matthew and Elizabeth.
- What brought you to this neighborhood?
My wife, Teresa, and I moved to Carmel Valley 11 years ago after the birth of our first child, Nicholas. We wanted to be in a centrally located area that had good schools. We liked the neighborhoods in Carmel Valley as well as the proximity to the beach. That, plus the guy we saw twirling the sign.
- What makes this town special to you?
We’ve made some great friends in Carmel Valley and our kids are happy here. We have great weather with cool ocean breezes and no marine layer to speak of. It’s also an easy commute to my office in Kearny Mesa: only 15 minutes!
- If you could snap your fingers and have it done, what might you add, subtract, or improve in the area?
I would definitely subtract taxes!
- Who or what inspires you?
My wife and kids, Nicholas, Matthew and Elizabeth, inspire me every day. Teresa’s dedication and work ethic are incredible. She is extremely active in the community and at school. She recently ran her first marathon and is also a great mom. Like every dad, I also want my children to be happy, secure and well educated. If a driven wife and tuition for three doesn’t motivate you, nothing will!
- If you hosted a dinner party for eight, whom (living or deceased) would you invite?
First on the list would be my mother. She never got to meet my wife and family. Probably one or two deceased presidents would make the list. Dead ones for sure in hopes they would answer my questions truthfully without regard for PC or my vote. A couple of world leaders like Gandhi and Nelson Mandela would be interesting, as well. Paul McCartney and John Lennon for me and Katy Perry for my kids, and me too!
- Tell us about what you are currently reading
“Be my Guest” by Conrad Hilton. It is an interesting and inspiring book about faith, management and integrity.
- What is your most prized possession?
I’m not sure if I’m supposed to list my family as my “most prized possession,” but they are what give me the most joy in life.
- What do you do for fun?
For fun I love to play golf and watch my children’s sporting events. I enjoy getting together with friends. Family holidays and travelling in general are favorites as well.
- Please describe your greatest accomplishment.
Aside from raising a family, being able to work in an industry I truly enjoy is fulfilling.
- What is your motto or philosophy of life?
My motto, and what makes America great, is: “If there’s a will, there’s a way.” I also like: “Don’t worry, be happy.”