My name is Mike Miller and this
page is a few paragraphs about me.
I was born and raised here in Haywood County North Carolina and I'm a sixth
generation Western North Carolinian. I grew up in a cove on the shoulder of
Cold Mountain. My brothers and sister and I spent our youth roaming the woods
near our house, building tree houses, and playing in the creek. My mom and dad
would take us hiking in the Shining Rock Wilderness area above our house all
the time. My dad is a tomato farmer and our whole family worked in the fields
helping to raise the crops in the spring, summer, and fall. Since a very young
age I always liked exploring and understanding how things work. I turned my
attention to books and science. I became an amateur geologist, meteorologist,
biologist, and astronomer.
After I graduated from high school, I went to Appalachian State University to
get a degree in Astronomy. After my Junior (3rd) year I realized that a career
as an Astronomer was going to be too cut throat for my tastes and I switched my
major to my other favorite love, computers. I received a B.S. in Computer
Science in 1988.
After college I worked in Greenville, SC writing software to monitor textile
mills. Through this job I got to travel all over the South. Two years later I
moved to Atlanta working for NAPA Auto Parts at their HQ. After working for NAPA for 8
years I started my own consulting company and NAPA became my client. As an independent consultant I
didn't have to go into the office any longer and after a couple of years I was able to realize my
dream of moving back to the mountains I love. I started my log cabin in 1999 and was able to move in
in 2000. Through two of the greatest inventions of mankind, the Internet and the telephone, I'm able
to work for NAPA out of my mountain top home.