Larry Miller (sports executive)

Larry G. Miller is an American business executive for Nike, Inc. He spent five years as the team president of the Portland Trail Blazers in the National Basketball Association (NBA).

Larry Miller
Born
NationalityAmerican
OccupationSports executive
Known forPresident of the Portland Trail Blazers

EducationEdit

Miller earned a bachelor's degree in accounting from Temple University in 1982, and an MBA from La Salle University in 1985. He graduated from the Urban League Leadership Institute in 1987.[1]

Early careerEdit

Miller served as President, Executive Vice President and Controller for Jantzen, Inc. and was a Manager for Kraft Foods, Assistant Controller at Philadelphia Newspapers, Inc. and held various positions with Campbell Soup Company. In 1997, he was hired by Nike Inc., serving as vice president and general manager of Nike Basketball, where he was responsible for managing day-to-day operations of Jordan Brand, Nike Basketball and Converse. From 1999 to 2006, he served as the President of Jordan Brand.

Trail BlazersEdit

In 2007, Miller was hired as President of the Portland Trail Blazers, replacing interim president Tod Leiweke.[2] Under Miller's management, the Trail Blazers have positioned themselves to make a respectable run at an NBA title. Portland has recorded three consecutive trips to the postseason while riding a streak of 159 consecutive sellouts dating back to December 21, 2007.

Also during his tenure, the Trail Blazers have made significant strides to becoming a leader in sustainability among professional sports franchises. The team's home arena, the Rose Garden, became the first existing arena in the world to attain LEED Gold Certification.[3] The Trail Blazers are one of the six founding members of the Green Sports Alliance,[4] which now boasts over 80 teams, leagues and venues.[5] Portland hosted the inaugural Green Sports Summit in August, 2011. Larry Miller resigned on July 7, 2012 as President of the Portland Trail Blazers to return to his previous role as President of the Jordan Brand.[6]

PersonalEdit

Miller lives in Portland, Oregon and also serves on the board of directors for Self Enhancement Inc. ("SEI"), the Oregon Business Council, Oregon Sports Authority, is a member of the Portland Mayor's Economic Development Cabinet, the NBA's Team Advisory Committee, and the NBA's Labor Relations Committee.

ReferencesEdit

Preceded by
Tod Leiweke (interim)
Portland Trail Blazers President
2007–2012
Succeeded by
Vacant