Bill Miller Bar-B-Q CEO Lauded for Public Service

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Balous Miller receives 2012 Make A Difference Award.

Shown here: Lana Duke (co-chair), Balous Miller (honoree), Harvey Najim (co-chair), and MC Sonny Melendrez

Balous Miller Receives 2012 Make A Difference Award

“Our family has always taken pride in focusing on what we can change to better our city. It’s the same philosophy we have toward service to our customers," Balous Miller.

Balous Miler, CEO of Bill Miller Bar-B-Q Restaurants, was recognized recently for his continued support of projects positively impacting the lives of countless San Antonio area families. The annual Make A Difference Awards, inspired by Ruth’s Chris owner, Lana Duke, acknowledges companies and individuals that are “unsung heroes who strive to make their community a better place for all.”

For over 6 decades, the Miller family has been an important part of the fabric that makes San Antonio one of America’s most admired cities.

In 1950, on a $500 loan from his father, Bill Miller opened a small poultry and egg business. Three years later Bill Miller Bar-B-Q began as a small fried chicken-to-go restaurant. Fried chicken led to hamburgers and then to barbecue. The second restaurant opened in February of 1963. Today there are 68 Bill Miller Bar-B-Q restaurants operated by the late, Bill Miller’s sons and daughter: Balous, John, Doug, and Vivian.

Bill Miller Bar-B-Q sets the bar for high standards of social responsibility and employee investment.

In 1991, when the Safety Patrol program was in jeopardy of losing countless Adult Safety Patrol members, due to city budget cuts, Balous Miller and the Bill Miller family generously donated $300,000 and rescued the program. As SAPD Sgt. Ruben Ruiz, who heads up the program puts it, “Parents and students in San Antonio will be eternally grateful for the generosity of the Bill Miller family.”

In 1994, the company began a tuition reimbursement program giving many employees the opportunity to further their education. To date, the organization has allotted 3,980 such reimbursements for a total of just over 1.8 million dollars in scholarship money.

In 1999, the Balous Miller family was the first family in the San Antonio to contribute the total amount needed for the construction of a Habitat For Humanity home and have since contributed several more.

Recently, the Miller Family learned that the SAPD’s annual Blue Santa program, which distributes toys to over 9,000 disadvantaged families at Christmastime, was losing their 10,000 sq. ft. storage facility. Once again, Bill Miller Bar-B-Q has come to the rescue, offering a huge downtown warehouse location at no cost to the city.

On receiving the prestigious Make A Difference Award, Miller said proudly, “Our family has always taken pride in focusing on what we can change to better our city. It’s the same philosophy we have toward service to our customers.”

Proceeds from the yearly awards dinner benefit the Roy Maas’ Youth Alternatives. Past recipients include Chairman of NuStar Energy, Bill Greehey and former AT&T and General Motors CEO, Ed Whitacre.

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