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New Crusaders coach headlines Scecina Business Connection meeting

By Beth Murphy, Director of Marketing Communications

Scott Miller, new head coach of the Crusaders varsity boys basketball team, spoke to about 20 people at the Nov. 9 breakfast meeting of the Scecina Business Connection.

Miller, owner and president of Bowman Construction, has served as president and CEO of the Greater Indianapolis Chamber of Commerce and president and CEO of Develop Indy, a nonprofit economic development organization of the City of Indianapolis and Marion County. 

Looking ahead, he noted that central Indiana will continue to focus on life sciences, technology, advanced manufacturing, logistics, agbiosciences, and energy technology.

Miller hopes to see the SBC grow and become a force on the Eastside and for Scecina.

“What you have is unique,” said Miller, who said believes the SBC has the potential to be part of Eastside redevelopment efforts. Miller knows the ups and downs of business. Just after he started at Develop Indy in 2008, the markets crashed – not a good time to be finding new businesses for the city.

He’s led two companies to great growth only to be told later the dreaded words “we’re going in a different direction” and having to take his talents elsewhere. But those were God moments, he said, where another door opened for him.

“As bad as things may seem at any given time, God has better plans,” he said.

He also was let go from one business, but Miller landed in a good spot because then-Mayor Greg Ballard tapped him for Develop Indy. Miller was just in his 30s and was able to rub elbows with the older guard who had run the city.

Miller’s greatest advice for people who want to succeed in business is to read. “Readers are leaders,” said Miller, whose mother was an elementary school teacher who encouraged him to read. Miller’s main business at Scecina is basketball.

“I would love for you to see some games,” he said. “These are really good kids. They work hard, and they respect each other and they’re really competitive. . . . I think we’ve got the structure here to really move the program forward.”

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