Meet recently elected WROF, Inc. Board Member, Sam Miller
You’ve met Sue Schultz and Dr. Aliesha Crowe. Now, meet Sam Miller! All three were recently elected to the WROF, Inc.’s Board of Directors.
As Managing Director of Agriculture Banking at BMO Harris Bank, Sam manages and leads production agriculture and agribusiness-related banking activities. Sam has over 38 years of agricultural banking experience, with the past 34 years at BMO Harris Bank. Throughout his banking career, Sam has
shared his vast knowledge and passion for the agricultural industry in serving rural Wisconsin and making impactful differences in rural communities.
Sam grew up north of Madison, WI on a diversified livestock farm. His parents had dairy cattle until he was in elementary school and then raised Polled Hereford cattle and sheep. During his childhood, Sam was an active participant in 4-H and FFA. After graduating from Deforest High School, Sam
attended UW-Madison where he earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Agricultural Economics. Being in the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences at UW-Madison afforded Sam leadership and extra-curricular opportunities through membership in the Alpha Gamma Rho fraternity, the Saddle and Sirloin Club, and intramural sports. Time management was of the essence for Sam where he juggled classes and work along with time for clubs and fun. Sam says that coming from a large family, he needed to work
throughout his college years and seek scholarships. Through college, Sam worked at a variety of jobs, including a supper club, Gaylord Catering services, Del Monte Canning, and an internship with Northrup King. After working in banking for several years, Sam attended UW-Oshkosh and received a master’s in business administration. After earning his MBA, he participated in the two-year WI Rural Leadership Program (WRLP) with Group VII, now known as Leadership Wisconsin.
Sam considers education a key to being able to be a participating member of society. “Bringing my skills along with the additional skills through various levels of education has helped me develop individually, in my career, in my family, and in the community, as a whole,” says Sam. Following his
participation in WRLP, Sam became a founding board member of Classical School, a K-8 elementary school in the
Appleton School District. Classical School utilizes a Core Knowledge curriculum, including a study of history, literature, and language, as well as music, and the fine arts. Students are grouped by their abilities in math and reading and are provided with daily Spanish instruction
starting in kindergarten.
Sam advises students who want to return to their rural roots that there are many opportunities for rewarding careers in rural areas, as well as great places to raise families. “In Wisconsin, we are fortunate to have many amenities in proximity to rural areas providing larger city opportunities for culture, sports, and commerce with a reasonable distance from rural areas,” says Sam. While rural Wisconsin currently faces issues in labor,
housing, health care, education, and an aging