John G. Miller, founder of QBQ, Inc. was born in 1958 in Ithaca, N. Y. His dad was both the Cornell University wrestling coach and a small town pastor. This is probably why John finds it natural to teach and coach!
As an 18-year-old freshman in college, he asked Karen, age 16, out to a movie and a few short years later they married in June 1980. Hired by Cargill off the Cornell campus to be a “grain trader,” John and Karen lived in three states in five years, eventually settling in Minneapolis, MN. In early 1986, John began a new career providing leadership and sales management training to Twin Cities’ corporations from all industries.
This is how and when John created QBQ! The Question Behind the Question. Throughout a decade of selling and facilitating training to and with executives and middle managers, he discovered the incredible need for personal accountability. In 1995, he chose to become a keynote speaker, titling his sessions “Personal Accountability and the QBQ!”—even though some people told him that “personal accountability isn’t a topic”!
His speaking career took off and John soon began writing books, gaining the new title “author.”
In late 1997, the Millers left Minnesota for Denver, Colorado, where the sun shines over 300 days each year! They have seven children ages 31 to 15 … six girls and one son! As John likes to say, they achieved four “the homemade way” and in 2000 gained three through adoption. They also have three grandchildren.