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Q&A: Kerri Miller

November 29, 2016
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Kerri Miller. Courtesy Fishbeck, Thompson, Carr & Huber

Editor’s note: Each Q&A in the Influential Women enewsletter will feature a woman from the region who’s influential, a rising face in her industry or doing interesting work. Submit tips on potential Q&A subjects to tgortsema at grbj dot com.

Kerri Miller is a principal and senior civil engineer at FTCH.

The firm is one of the top 400 architecture/engineering firms in the nation.

During her 16 years with FTCH, Miller has helped higher education institutions, municipalities, companies and developers with programming, site analysis and civil design.

Biggest career break? 

As a young engineer at FTCH, I was fortunate to work for Jim Smalligan, one of our best civil engineers. He was an extraordinary mentor, and through his experience with the City of Grand Rapids, Lansing and others, he taught me so much and always believed in my abilities.

Proudest moment? 

When GVSU’s P. Douglas Kindschi Hall of Science building opened, we had the entire team there to celebrate our design coming to life. I was so proud of the team for what they accomplished and so pleased to work with GVSU and Pioneer Construction on such a spectacular project that will serve generations of future students.

Best advice you’ve ever received? 

Always live up to your potential, as my mother told me over and over again as a child.

How did you make your first dollar? 

Babysitting the little brats down the street

Most-treasured possession? 

My family is what I treasure the most.

Dream job?

I’m already living the dream!

If I were president for a day, I would...?

While tackling the budget, I would increase and secure funding for schools across the country.

Last book you’ve read? 

The Orange Revolution,” by Adrian Gostick and Chester Elton. It’s about how one great team can transform an entire organization.

Last thing you Googled? 

Obedience classes for my dog, Banjo

Your worst habit? 

Swearing, but don’t tell my mother.

To unwind, I like to...? 

Go for a drive

Dream vacation? 

I plan to visit the rainforests in Costa Rica with my husband someday soon.

Favorite food? 

Anything and everything Mexican

Person you most admire? 

My mom for how she raised us and continues to encourage us

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