David Miller, Coach & Founder of OrgForce Consulting
OrgForce Mission: To Develop Leaders Who Transform Businesses and Communities
Vision, curiosity, courage, and tenacity were the cornerstones that led me from my small-town beginnings to an expansive international career and multi-cultural life. I want to share my decades of experience with the latest coaching, leadership, and organizational change knowledge to help leaders and organizations pivot and transform; to help them make a greater impact on their business, their communities, and the world.
My Early Years
Running served as my platform for growth and transformation during my formative years. From an early age, I had a vision that I would someday run in the Olympic marathon. I completely devoted myself to training year-round from middle school through my post-college years. I experienced many losses and disappointments along the way and thought about quitting numerous times. But, I kept on purpose with a burning desire to prove to myself and my doubters that I could compete alongside the best athletes. And it paid off!
With the odds stacked against me as a former small college athlete, I won the inaugural Jacksonville Marathon with a time of 2:17:41. No one expected me to win. In fact, the race officials verified each video checkpoint twice before announcing me the champion. I defeated two future Olympians and other top athletes. Although I was not quite good enough to reach my childhood dream, my performance qualified me to run in the 1984 Olympic Marathon Trials, the highest level of US distance running.
Crossing this finish line punching my fist into the air was the defining moment of my 12-year running career. It’s an affirming lesson and beautiful memory that I still cherish today.