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Successful entrepreneur Harold Miller to speak on October 10

DATE: 10-05-2012

At age 16, Harold Miller purchased a used 1935 Ford Delivery Van for $35 dollars, started a grocery delivery business, and laid the foundation for his more than four decades of experience as a successful entrepreneur.  He went on to found three companies, now called Modular Comfort Systems which specializes in energy conservation heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems for commercial, institutional and industrial users with sales of approximately $40 million.

Miller, now retired from most of the business operations, will present “Memoirs of an Entrepreneur: How to Escape Corporate Bondage” at 11 a.m. Wednesday, October 10 in HBT 229 on the Cayuga Community College Auburn Campus, 197 Franklin St. He is the author of a book with the same title.

Miller will discuss:

  • Secrets of business success from a local entrepreneur with over 40 years of business success
  • Benefits of private ownership from a business now in its third generation
  • Nurturing the entrepreneurial spirit – building a career for quality of life

His career experience has been varied and has included being a radio disk jockey, air conditioning design engineer, sales manager of Singer Climate Control Division, and founder of a sales and service business. Miller also has been involved in real estate development and the redevelopment of downtown Auburn. He remains active as a freelance journalist, author, world traveler, and race car driver as well as biking, swimming, and body-building regularly.

His company, Modular Comfort Systems, has been involved in such regional projects as the Hilton Gardens Inn in Auburn, One Park Place in Syracuse, Tessy Plastics in Elbridge, and Washington Station in Syracuse.

His book, Memoirs of an Entrepreneur, will be available for purchase and signing. The book takes the reader through a step-by-step process of building a business while weaving in the human characteristics of an entrepreneur, marketer, leader, and family man. According to the book’s web site, Chapter Ten is a biographical sketch of Herbert L. Laube, a little known entrepreneur who shaped Miller’s business career, and reshaped the entire air conditioning industry.

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The hour-long event is free and open to the public.