Miller surprised with Merchant of the Year award

By CRAIG MURPHY Of the Keizertimes It was certainly a good way to end a difficult week for Rob Miller. Miller earned the Merchant’s Award at the Jan. 25 Keizer First Citizen Awards banquet, just a few days after learning he was no longer managing Hertz Equipment Rentals in Salem. When it came time to get ready for the banquet, it didn’t cross Miller’s mind to think he was getting an award that night. “Our kids like coming and wanted to go again this year,” Miller said. “My wife said, ‘I don’t think you got an award, but if you did, here is a little speech.’ I had been nominated before, so it wasn’t a surprise for her to say that.” The surprise came when Gillian Herndon, last year’s winner, started rattling off the accomplishments of this year’s winner. “I knew it was me,” Miller said. “I made the joke my wife had a speech for me. By the time I got up there, I had all these things figured I could say. Then I get up there and have that deer in the headlights moment.” To say volunteering in the community runs in Miller’s family is a bit of an understatement. Miller’s brother Randy won the First Citizen award in 2005, plus Ben Miller Park is so named in their father’s honor. “They named the Ben Miller Park...

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