Daytonian of the Week: Cory D. D. Miller

If you were to look up "energy" in the dictionary, chances are you'd find this up-and-coming Daytonian’s photo.

Cory D. D. Miller spends much of his energy working with charitable organizations involved in the promotion of Dayton. Currently, he serves as the President of the Dayton History Bell Board, Membership Chair of the Dayton Ballet Barre, past President of Beavercreek Young Professionals and is a board member of the Beavercreek Chamber of Commerce.

Here, he took some time out of his busy schedule to answer a few questions.

What is your occupation?

I’m the Corporate Relations Manager at C.H. Dean. I’m involved with the community through active participation with local organizations as well as one-on-one interactions amongst all professionals in the area.

How old are you?

Currently 28 years young and counting!

Where do you live (neighborhood or city)?

After living in Dayton for 25 years, I moved out to Beavercreek to be closer to work. My goal, within the next three years, is to have a house right back in Dayton!

If you could be a super hero, what superpower would you love to have?

I would like the power of super intelligence, which would allow me to move items with my mind. I feel like I need to become a bit smarter and to be able to move something with my mind would just be fun. I would never lose at a game of HORSE again!

What’s one of your guilty pleasures in life?

I sort of have an unhealthy relationship with the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man from the movie Ghostbusters. I am not sure why, but I have always thought he is the coolest and a misunderstood character in the movie. I have a little Stay Puft bobblehead on my desk at work, a Stay Puft winter hat, as well as a coffee mug my girlfriend just gave me. I buy Stay Puft Figurines when I can.

You grew up in the Dayton area and went to UD. I’m sure you had lots of opportunities to live anywhere in the world. Why did you decide to settle in Dayton?

I don’t like to say I settled in Dayton. I like to think that I choose to stay in Dayton. Settling makes it sounds like I had to stay here because there was nothing else out in the world and Dayton was a backup plan. When I was in college I never thought that I would remain in Dayton, but I began to learn more and more about the city and started to get involved. I traveled a while for C.H. Dean, which took me to cities all across the nation. The conclusion was that I wanted to stay in Dayton. Don’t get me wrong, big cities are amazing and have much to offer, but Dayton has the feel of a big city with a strong community.

 What are some of the things that inspire you about life in Dayton?

The drive and determination of Daytonians. I have been able to experience a lot of different initiatives and be a part of numerous “Think Tanks” that allow Daytonians to support their community and enhance it. You will always have people who complain, they just want to be heard. I’m inspired by people who work tirelessly to make our city better. I love seeing people make a difference, and I see it on a daily basis.

Where in Dayton or the surrounding area do you go for a great time?

For a great beer and atmosphere I tend to go to Warped Wing.

For an amazing sunset, I am at Oregon Express in the summer on the balcony area.

For a great slice of pie, I can never go wrong with Flying Pizza. 

For hiking, I tend to go to Sugarcreek Trails. 

When I need my boxing fix, I go to the world-famous Drake’s Downtown Gym. 

For baseball, hands down I go see the Dragons. 

When I am looking to have some quiet time I love walking through UD’s campus.

When I want to take a step into the past I visit Dayton History at Carillon Park. 

When I am looking for a great dance show I turn to the Dayton Ballet.

 What’s your favorite spot in Dayton?

Definitely Woodland Cemetery! I know, before you start thinking I am a weirdo, just hear me out. I took a class within my major called “Death, Dying, and Suicide.” Needless to say, from the name alone you can tell it was a pretty intense class. One day we took a tour of the cemetery and it was one of the coolest places I have ever been. They showed us the graves of famous Daytonians, talked about the history of the city as well as their land, and did you know the highest point in Dayton is in the cemetery? It is absolutely breathtaking. In addition, whenever I go there for a jog there are always lines of people waiting for a tour. If you have not taken one, definitely check it out!

If you could change or bring one thing to Dayton, would it be?

I would want to change the idea that the City of Dayton is dead. This is not true. We have had hard times much like any other city, but we are thriving! It’s kind of like a hockey stick. We’ve been through the dip and now it is time to continue moving forward and upward. Dayton isn’t dead; it simply took a nap to prepare for the growth and expansion to come. Nothing like a well-rested city to prepare for the hard work ahead!

What do you think Dayton will look like in 10-15 years? 

Well, besides all of the hover boards and flying cars that will be here, I honestly see a further reaching city. What I mean by that is a city in which its professionals have so much depth with regards to education and involvement, Dayton will have the ability to accomplish anything that it sets out to do. To me, it seems as though more young professionals are calling Dayton their home. Those born here are as well and not leaving for another city. This is great to see and be a part of.

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