Jeff Miller, president and CEO of Travel Portland, directs the destination marketing organization’s efforts to position Portland as a preferred global destination for meetings, conventions and leisure travel. The work Miller supervises provides a significant boost to the local economy via visitor spending, lodging tax collection as well as job creation. Miller leads a staff of 55 full- and part-time employees and an annual budget of $30 million. In addition, Miller serves on the boards of directors for the U.S. Travel Association and International Air Service.
Prior to joining Travel Portland, Miller served as the general manager of the Metropolitan Exposition Recreation Commission (now known as Metro Visitor Venues), a regional agency that oversees several of the area’s largest public venues, including the Oregon Convention Center, the Portland Center for the Performing Arts and the Portland Expo Center. He honed his financial and business acumen during 20 years as a retail executive, including 13 years as general manager of Saks Fifth Avenue in Portland. He attended King College in Tennessee, earning a bachelor’s in business administration.
Miller loves to visit the Oregon Coast, but as far as Portland goes, he especially enjoys spending time close to his home in the Kings Heights neighborhood. He can give you great recommendations on nearby Forest Park, Nob Hill neighborhood and Northwest 23rd Avenue.