Chip Miller currently serves as Loudon County Trustee. He was appointed by the Loudon County Commission in early January 2013 and diligently manages the duties of the office with efficiency, accountability and full disclosure while providing a friendly atmosphere for taxpayers.
Chip is the son of George and Pat Miller. Chip’s father, George, grew up in the Eaton’s Crossroads community and graduated from Lenoir City High School. His mother, the former Pat Wrights, is a graduate of Loudon High School. Chip resides in Lenoir City with his wife, Joy, and daughter Courtney.
He attended both Greenback and Lenoir City schools before earning a Bachelors of Business Administration at East Tennessee State University (ETSU).
In 1986, while still at Lenoir City High School, Chip’s father, a local business owner and farmer, having never held a political office before, decided to run for the office of County Executive, now known as County Mayor. He respectfully held the position for twenty years. Through his involvement in government and civic organizations Chip learned to appreciate the importance of community service.
Chip began his involvement in politics at Lenoir City High School by serving as Class Vice President for two years. Chip continued to be involved in politics while at ETSU volunteering in Congressman Jimmy Duncan’s first campaign and later working for the congressman as an intern in Washington, DC. Chip was elected statewide as a Delegate At-Large for Senator Bob Dole and attended the 1996 Republican National Convention in San Diego, CA. In 2000, he was elected as a Delegate for George Bush representing the 2nd Congressional District at the Republican National Convention in Philadelphia, PA. He has served as Loudon County Chairman for Fred Thompson for Senate, Loudon County Finance Chair for Bill Frist for Senate, Loudon County Finance Chair for Don Sunquist for Governor and Loudon County Chairman for Bob Corker for Senate.
He would go on to serve in the following civic areas. Chip served as the Chairman of the Loudon County Chamber of Commerce in 2012 and served on the Chamber’s Board of Directors for 14 years. He continues his commitment to the Loudon County Chamber of Commerce as a member. He serves on the Board of Directors for The Lenoir City Committee of 100 (Economic Development) and the Boys & Girls Club of Loudon County. While serving as President of the Boys & Girls Club of Loudon County, Chip was instrumental in merging the Loudon County club with what is currently known as Boys & Girls Clubs of the Tennessee Valley. This partnership allowed the Loudon County club greater resources to serve the youth of Loudon County. In addition, Chip has been a member of the Lenoir City Civitan Club for over 20 years and served terms as a Board Member and President. Chip is a member of Central United Methodist Church where he was the president of the youth group (many years ago). Chip has a long record of community and political service in Loudon County. See Chip’s resume for a full list of his current and past civic and political affiliations.
In the early 1990’s, after graduating from college, Chip partnered with his father to transform a full service Exxon garage and fuel station, located at I-75 and Hwy 321, into a “new-at-the-time” concept of co-branded fast food franchises/convenience stores. Many people may remember it as Chip’s Food Mart. Under Chip’s management the Subway and Baskin Robbins franchises were acquired and became a substantial part of the business. As manager he was involved in all areas of the business including accounting, payroll, daily operations, quality control, inventory management, marketing and human resources. In 2002, Chip successfully negotiated the sale of the business and commercial property to the current owner.
Prior to Loudon County Trustee, Chip worked in the commercial real estate industry where he was responsible for providing commercial real estate services to buyers, sellers, landlords, tenants and developers. In addition, Chip’s experience as a real estate investor has yielded him a unique set of skills to assist him in performing the duties of Trustee.