When she was growing up in the late 1960s, Ms. Miller didn’t have a car and relied on a bicycle to get around.
“You didn’t go out much, you didn’t do much shopping, and you didn.
You went to school,” she says.
“I remember driving to school and not being able to afford a ticket.
So that’s how I got my start, because I was trying to make ends meet.”
In 1973, she moved to Austin, Texas, where she met her future husband, David, who worked in a tire store.
She began making tires for her own shop, and eventually she began making wheels herself.
Her first wheels were made in the 1970s by the tire company Sheba.
“My family was very small, so I was really lucky.
And that was when I realized, you know, I really need a business,” she recalls.
“So that was the beginning of the Sheba tire business.”
The company today produces more than 500 million tires a year.
“We’ve got a lot of great, quality tires out there,” she adds.
“And they’re used all over the world.”
Sheba has been in the business since the 1980s, when it started manufacturing the tire she now uses to make wheels.
But when she decided to take on the role of tire chief, she says she wasn’t sure what she would get.
“The first few months I thought, Well, I don’t know how much time I have.
I have a lot to learn,” she admits.
“But I think I’m going to make a lot more money.”
She’s now a tire specialist and the vice president of Sheba’s Americas tire division, which is now worth $1.2 billion.
“As a business, I have so many different opportunities and I just think there’s no limit to what you can do.”