We had the good fortune of connecting with Darius Miller and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Darius, what was your thought process behind starting your own business?
As a young boy, I grew up hunting and fishing with my father. My breakthrough for my taxidermy business came when I was 9yrs old sitting in the Sportsman Lodge one morning getting ready to go hunt. On the walls were deer heads, turkeys, fish, etc. If it’s in the woods, it was on the wall. I always questioned how people were able to get their trophy kills mounted on the walls. As I got older, I told myself I would figure it out and give it a try. I did a lot of research and attended several seminars. From there, my passion was to make an awesome hunt a lifetime memory.Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
After graduating from college, I immediately began working in my field. I never saw myself staying in Beaumont, TX to begin my career after attending college, but with Beaumont being on the gulf coast as one of the dominant Oil and Gas sectors, I decided to reside in the city of my alma mater. In college I had a mentor who flooded me with knowledge of the oil and gas industry and would always provide me with decision-making advice that would benefit me and my family in the future. My mentor has done so much for me and my family, and still to this day we communicate. I could never thank him enough. My career in the oil and gas industry is always a growing process and it was not easy learning and getting adjusted to this industry. So much goes into my job, and learning the process, the terminology, and the environment, was a challenge. Not only that, but it is almost rare to see an African American in my career field. I’ve met so many good people and have built strong relationships with my peers. Having good people support you and acknowledging your dedication and strive for success has helped me overcome my challenges. I always say to myself, “What you put into life, is what you get out of it.” In order to succeed in life and be able to provide the best for you and your family, you must work hard, be dedicated, and exceed expectation.Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
I’m originally from Houston, TX, so living in Beaumont is almost night and day. Beaumont is smaller and doesn’t have the tourist attractions like Houston, and I am OK with that. Personally, I like the smaller city and less traffic. Beaumont has developed over the years and there a several places to visit for entertainment. Recently the city has gained their very own Top Golf, but on a smaller scale. It’s a lot of fun, the food is good, and they provide a couple of indoor golf simulators for small intimate groups. There are a lot of chain restaurants in Beaumont to eat from but I really enjoy the “mom-and-pop” restaurants. It’s my way of supporting the local small businesses and the food touches your soul. One great item to eat here in Southeast TX is crawfish. With Louisiana neighboring the city, crawfish comes easy. You can get crawfish at just about any small business but for me, I enjoy buying a couple of 30lb sacks of live crawfish, invite some friends and family over, and have a crawfish boil. Several other places to visit for entertainment are the movies, Painting with a Twist, Urban Air, bowling alleys, parks, museums, and boat rides at the Neches River. What I love most about Beaumont is that I am only 20 minutes from the gulf to go fishing. With me loving the outdoors, I take full advantage of the opportunity to fish.The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
I would like to thank my mom and dad for all their love and support in all that I do. Growing up my parents did everything possible to make sure I was provided with the right resources to accomplish my goals in life and now it’s my time to return the favor. For my wife, Enger, with her everlasting support and my son, Mason, for my undying need to work hard, thank you so much! I strive to make a successful blueprint for the Miller generations to come.