As president and Chief Operating Officer (COO), David Miller is responsible for the oversight of all aspects of CMR’s day-to-day business and guides restaurant concept development and design. He also oversees all 11 executive team members and the CMR business as it relates to various facets and departments.
Miller joined the Cameron Mitchell Restaurants (CMR) team in 1996 and has been instrumental in facilitating the growth of the Cameron Mitchell Restaurants’ (CMR) brand from three restaurants to opening more than 90 restaurants across the country, including the launch of a national concept, Ocean Prime, in some of the country’s largest metropolitan areas. He was also an integral part of developing Cameron Mitchell Premier Events, a full-service event design and catering company, and Buckeye Hospitality Construction, CMR’s own construction company.
Before joining CMR, Miller spent a decade with The Stouffer Restaurant Company where he was a general manager in numerous markets throughout the country. He joined CMR in 1995 as Cap City Fine Diner’s general manager and was later promoted as CMR’s first director of operations, where he served the role for two years before serving as the company’s executive vice president for 16 years. Miller became CMR’s president and chief operating officer in February 2016.
Miller’s creativity and innovation is demonstrated through his ability to help create and design new and unique concepts, while his business acumen is showcased through developing and implementing CMR’s strategic growth plans. He regularly travels to each restaurant location to conduct president roundtable discussions, interactive meetings with company associates which facilitate genuine understanding of operations at the location level and support the company’s deep culture. Miller has taken pride in reinforcing CMR’s strong, cohesive and driven culture, and the responsibility and opportunity of growing the various concepts. His success also is rooted in his firm belief in the power of teaching, as he says, “develop those around you, and you will naturally succeed.”
Miller currently serves on the Foundation Board of Columbus State, where he co-chaired a capital campaign to raise funds for the college’s Culinary Hospitality School, Mitchell Hall. He has served as the chair of The Ohio State University Hospitality Management Advisory Board and is a co-founder of the Columbus Food and Wine Affair.
Miller attended The Ohio State University and is a graduate of Columbus State Community College where he studied hospitality management. Beyond his philanthropic activities outside the office, Miller enjoys OSU football, travel and experiencing great food and wine. His all-time favorite menu items are the Maytag Blue Cheese Chips at Cap City Fine Diner and the Tuna Crudo at Martini Modern Italian. He resides in Bexley with his wife of 31 years and their three boys.