The Miller Oil Foundation, founded in 2004, directly impacts communities by helping people help themselves and those around them through the enthusiastic and meaningful involvement of the Miller family and employees of Miller Oil Company. We envision a future continuing a legacy of responsibility, generosity, and goodwill.
Board of Directors
Chairman of the Board, Miller Oil Foundation and Secretary/Treasurer, Miller Oil Company
- Board member of the National Symphony Orchestra
- Served as Board Member: Ronald McDonald Children’s Charity (grant’s committee member), Virginia Arts Festival (secretary), Contemporary Art Center of Virginia Beach (docent), Chrysler Museum (docent, co-chair).
- Member and supporter: Mowbray Arch Society, Masterpiece Society, Alice Davis Circle (25 years)
“The Miller Oil Foundation evolved from a dream. When I served on the Grant’s Committee for The Ronald McDonald House, every request touched my heart and I prayed that one day I would have the ability to do this kind of wonderful work personally. So when we founded The Miller Oil Foundation I saw my chance to help in my own way. When my son, daughter-in-law and granddaughter became board members my dream was truly complete – as their individual passions and contributions has taken The Miller Oil Foundation to a whole new level, reaching a range of needs in the community from children, to abused adults to homeless to the arts.”
— Deanne Miller
Deanne Miller has been a resident of the Tidewater area for the past 40 years. She and her husband Augustus (Gus) Miller started Miller Oil Company, now Miller’s, in 1977.
The Millers have three sons. Jeffrey is President of Miller Oil, Keith is a Senior Vice-President. Their son Michael and his wife Maryann reside in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Deanne and her husband spend a tremendous amount of time focused on their philanthropic interests. They have always been especially inspired by The Children’s Hospital of the Kings Daughters, helping to heal sick and abused children. However, Gus & Deanne’s top priority is spending time with their family and their six fascinating grandchildren who live across the United States from California to West Virginia to Washington, DC and Hampton Roads.
– Executive Director, Miller Oil Foundation
“Participating in the arts makes a person more confident and articulate. Every child and adult should be able to express their thoughts and feelings in a healthy manner – especially those who otherwise might not have an outlet to do so. The arts can serve as a catalyst for important conversations between family members and communities – which is essential for healthy and productive communication, activity, and ultimately community building..”
- Lindsay Pryor
Lindsay Pryor lives with her husband, Mark Pryor in Chesapeake, VA and has been a board member for the Miller Oil Foundation since 2005. As a Sales Director with Mary Kay, Inc, she empowers her over 500 customers to take charge of their self image and futures through Mary Kay’s products and business opportunity. She is also proud that her business is directly linked to the Mary Kay Foundation, which is committed to eliminating cancers that affect women and ending the epidemic of domestic violence. She is also a board member for the D’Art Center and involved in her local BNI Chapter, as well as the Chamber of Commerce’s Sync 757 Young Professionals program. She is a graduate of Emerson College in Boston with a BA in Theatre Studies.
Augustus (Gus) C. Miller
Treasurer, Miller Oil Foundation, and Chairman of the Board and CEO, Miller Oil Company, Inc.
- Corporate Advisory Boards: Mobil Oil Corporation, Amoco Corporation, Exxon USA
- Board Member: Smithsonian Institute
- President’s Advisory Committee on the Arts – The Kennedy Center
- Immediate past chairman of the Chrysler Museum of Art
- Contributor and Volunteer – The Children’s Hospital of the King’s Daughters (CHKD)
- Past Chairman of the Children’s Health Foundation of CHKD
“This foundation for the Miller family and Miller Oil Company is a natural outgrowth of the desire I have for giving back to the community that has provided so much opportunity for my family.”
— Gus Miller
Gus Miller transformed a single purpose heating oil business into a diversified petroleum company providing gasoline, heating and air conditioning services and 100 service stations and convenience stores – in the short span of 25 years. Today Miller Oil Company is one of the largest privately owned petroleum and convenience store chains in Virginia.
The Miller family came to live in Norfolk, Virginia in 1970 as part of Gus’s career with Exxon Corporation. In 1977 he left to form Miller Oil Company. He built Miller Oil into a dynamic, nationally recognized enterprise.
As CEO of Miller Oil Company, Gus continues to build and develop the company with his eldest son, Jeffrey, President and son Keith, Vice-President. Over the years, Gus Miller’s vision, determination and high degree of energy, combined with plain hard work also attracted the attention of significant philanthropic organizations who called upon him for leadership. Through his dedication of time and resources Gus has made a significant contribution to the quality of life in Hampton Roads.
“Gus Miller built his company by developing a strategic plan, setting it in motion, and following it step-by-step until he met his goals. These were talents he would later utilize in his service on community boards.”
— Bob Stanton, friend
With a long history as a volunteer and contributor to The Children’s Hospital of the King’s Daughters (CHKD), Gus also devotes his time to representing the national treasures of The Smithsonian and brings programs from The Kennedy Center to Hampton Roads to support the Virginia Arts Festival.
– Board Member, Miller Oil Foundation
Debbie Miller is married to Keith Miller and together they have three wonderful children; Jessie Nichole, a graduate from The University of South Carolina currently residing in Washington, DC, Kyle, a student at The University of West Virginia, and Zach a student at Norfolk Collegiate School. Debbie was born in Wilmington, Delaware and grew up in the Delaware/New Jersey area where she worked for Delaware Trust Company and the DuPont Company. In 1981, Debbie relocated to Virginia and began working for Virginia National Bank before becoming a real estate paralegal with the law firm of Clements and Swanner in Virginia Beach. She also enjoyed many years working for Wolcott, Rivers et al and Crenshaw, Ware and Martin before leaving the workforce and beginning a family. During the last 15 years Debbie has been a volunteer at Norfolk Collegiate School where she has worked in numerous capacities. She is also involved with Clean the Bay Days and has volunteered with The Stockley Gardens Arts Festival.
President, Miller Oil Company, Inc.
“In addition to the tremendous opportunity the Foundation provides to give back to the community that has helped us build the business, I am partial to smaller organizations that often get slighted because of the dominance of the big charities and their ability to access the big donations.”
— Jeff Miller
Jeff Miller is President of Miller’s based in Norfolk, Virginia. Miller’s is the leading Heating Oil, HVAC, and Commercial Fuels provider of Hampton Roads with 31 convenience stores from Virginia Beach to Manassas as Miller’s Neighborhood Markets. Jeff earned a BA degree from American University in Washington D.C. in International Relations and Economics. In 1981, after five years in the restaurant business in Washington D.C., he relocated to Norfolk and entered the family business. Jeff held numerous positions with the company leading up to being named President in 1999.
Jeff resides in Norfolk and has three children, Alanna a Sophomore at Savannah College of Art and Design, Matthew who is in the music business in Los Angeles, CA and Lindsay, an Independent Sales Director with Mary Kay, who is married to Mark Pryor and resides in Chesapeake, VA.
Board Member, Miller Oil Foundation
Jessie Miller, daughter of Keith and Debbie Miller, is a resident of the Washington, DC area, where she relocated after graduated from The University of South Carolina. After completing an internship at The Smithsonian Museum, she was hired on in their education department.