Dave Miller Retires from Buddy Roger's Music

Buddy Roger's Music has announced that Dave Miller, its co-owner, has retired following a 53-year career in retail music.

Miller began his career as a teenager hanging around Western Hills Music Mart in Cincinnati when its owner, Jack Shallat, hired him to help out around the store. He quickly demonstrated an ability to talk with customers about products and soon became a successful salesman. When Shallat merged with Buddy Roger's Music in 1967, Miller continued his career with the new company and quickly emerged through the ranks to become the top salesperson, store manager, and eventually sales manager of the seven-store chain.

When the owners started planning their retirement, Miller became part of the succession plan. In 1978 Miller, with his partner, Bill Harvey, began the buyout process that was completed 10 years later.

"Looking back on 53 years of 'hanging around' music stores, it is very satisfying to think of how many people I have helped get started in music and become musicians," Miller said. "Working with so many outstanding people in our stores and the industry has given me a career of which I'm extremely proud."

Miller has been involved in professional music organizations since high school and has personal contact with many of the area's top musicians and groups. Dave continues to perform regularly in the greater Cincinnati area. Dave has served on the NAMM Board of Directors, the Peavey Advisory Council and currently serves on the Suits That Rock Board.

"We are all proud of Dave and his successful career in the music business," said Bill Harvey, president of Buddy Roger's Music. "Dave has been an amazing partner and friend in the business, and his daily presence will be greatly missed."