A high-impact national executive leader, John Miller has dedicated his entire career to making a difference in the world. Over the past two decades, he has led a diverse group of companies when they were needed most—building sustainable organizations, directing turnarounds to benefit future generations, and moving companies to a culture of performance. John has helped to feed the hungry, assisted the blind, provided disaster relief, worked to find cures and treatments for complex neurological conditions, and advocated for veterans and first responders alike. Given his extensive background and expertise, John also holds a highly visible profile in the media as a recognized business thought leader. He has appeared on every major network multiple times and has been featured in both national and international publications.
In 2018, John became president and CEO of two national nonprofit organizations: the Guide Dog Foundation for the Blind and America's VetDogs, which are both headquartered in Smithtown, NY. Under his direction, the Guide Dog Foundation has achieved its three most successful revenue years to date. In acknowledgment of his significant impact, John has received numerous honors, including Leader of the Year in 2020, the King of Long Island Award, CEO of the Year, Excellence in Business Achievement (two times), and Top 40 under 40, among others.
As president and CEO, John leads the Guide Dog Foundation in its mission to improve the quality of life for people who are blind, visually impaired, or have other special needs. Since its establishment in 1946, the charity has provided guide dogs and training, free of charge, to thousands of recipients. It was also the first assistance dog school in the U.S. to be certified by the International Guide Dog Federation and Assistance Dogs International.
In 2003, the Guide Dog Foundation created America’s VetDogs to provide assistance dogs to wounded veterans across the country. Although it became a separate 501(c)(3) corporation three years later, the two organizations continue to share staff and other resources to ensure the delivery of the best services possible. Their high-profile partnerships include NBC, The Today Show, and numerous sports teams, such as the NY Islanders, Washington Capitals, Houston Texans, and Atlanta United Soccer Team. Also, you cannot mention America’s VetDogs without including their best known client, former President George H.W. Bush, who was matched with his service dog, Sully.
Because John is battle-tested when it comes to facing challenges, such as leading through the great recession, Hurricane Irene and Superstorm Sandy, he was well prepared to keep both of his current organizations thriving throughout the COVID pandemic. By implementing a four-pillar approach, he addressed safety, funding, programming, and strategic decision making. John prioritized staff and client safety, injected new energy in fundraising efforts, maintained focus on their mission delivery, and made decisions that would continue their pre-COVID momentum.
At the start of his career, John's most notable roles were serving as chief of staff at the Food Bank For New York City (one of the largest in the world); COO at Mercy College; and commissioner at the Department of Public Works in the Town of Babylon, NY. In 2011, he was named CEO of the American Red Cross on Long Island. There, he directed mergers of three chapters into one stronger organization and oversaw responses to national events, including Hurricane Irene and Hurricane Sandy. In 2015, John was also one of only 25 people selected throughout the nation to participate in LEAD, a prestigious executive leadership program directed by the Red Cross. Prior to his current role, John served as president and CEO of the Tourette Association of America (TAA), where he executed a turnaround by bringing in a new leadership team and strategic direction. His efforts resulted in a significant increase in the company’s financial performance and moved the TAA from deficits to its first positive financial position in years.
John acknowledges his core philosophy of authentic management, building trust and role & goal clarity as the blueprint for success and credits the teams he has worked with over the years for achieving outstanding results.
President and CEO
Guide Dog Foundation for the Blind & America’s VetDogs