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News Archive 2009

Miller Joins Economics Advisory Board

The Department of Economics is pleased to announce the addition of another distinguished alumnus to the advisory board. Dean Miller (B.S., Economics, 1977) has spent the majority of his career in the high-end sector of the consumer electronics industry, with a short stint in the luxury automobile business. Joining Nakamichi America Corporation shortly out of school, he worked there for 13 years, serving as president for 7 years in Torrance, CA. Moving back to the Chicago area in 1990, Dean served as president of Bang & Olufsen America for 8 years. After an atypical recruitment process, Dean was appointed president of Rolls-Royce & Bentley Motor Cars Inc. (the Americas subsidiary of the Crewe-based luxury automobile manufacturer), based in Paramus, NJ.

Since 2002, Dean has served as president of The Quest Group, an Irvine, CA manufacturer of the AudioQuest and WireLogic brands of premium performance, audio/video cables. Dean has served on the Board of the Consumer Electronics Association’s Audio Division, PARA (Professional Audio/Video Retailers Association), the Luxury Marketing Council, and TS Consulting, a career counseling / recruiting company.

While at ISU, Dean was on the gymnastics team during his freshman year and was a member of Gamma Phi Circus for four years. He was also a member of Omicron Delta Epsilon, the national economics honorary society. Dean & Patti Miller have been married for 27 years and have two sons, Ryan (23) a recent graduate of University of Colorado, Boulder, and Kyle (20) a sophomore at California State University, Chico. They make their home in Palos Verdes, CA.