Diane Miller is the Founder of Miller/Thompson Constructors Inc. and served that Company as President and CEO.
Diane started Miller/Thompson in 1993 as a heavy engineering company performing jobs in the San Francisco Bay Area.
From a small company with a single office and equipment yard in Richmond, California, Diane took Miller/Thompson to a large privately owned enterprise with revenues in excess of $100,000,000 per annum. The Company performed jobs throughout North America and the Pacific Rim, and established offices in San Francisco, Honolulu, and Novato, California.
The business grew to focus primarily on Federal and State contracting.
Diane has extensive knowledge of the Federal Acquisition Regulations. She was active in the outreach programs to subcontractors, SBA, and Disabled Veteran programs. She continually strived to provide equal opportunity to subcontractors and position the company for growth and participation in several project delivery systems.
Diane is a believer in joint venturing to expand the capabilities of a company. For Miller/Thompson this enhanced the ability to provide design build procurement and to gain financial support and expertise to broaden the geographical area of operations.
Notable projects for Miller/Thompson (later known as Miller/Watts) include the San Francisco Airport International Terminal Expansion (underground), Pearl Harbor Wharf (rehabilitation), Honolulu Cruise Terminal (rehabilitation), San Francisco Ferry Terminal (expansion), Yosemite Lodge (housing), and the seismic rehabilitation of Alcatraz and Fort Mason.
In addition to being its President and CEO, Diane served as Miller/Thompson’s Responsible Managing Officer for its Contractor Licenses. She personally held a Class A General Engineering License and a Class B General Building Contractor’s License. Both licenses included Hazardous Substance and Remedial Action certifications.
In 2000, Diane reorganized Miller/Thompson as an Employee Stock Ownership (ESOP) company and thereby significantly increased the Company’s revenues while benefiting all of the Company’s employees.
The existence of the ESOP and the increased revenues, positioned the Company for its sale and merger into Weitz Construction of Des Moines, Iowa in 2006. As the merger was completed, Diane resigned from her Company.
Diane was also President of Pan Marine Constructors Inc. (an underwater and marine contractor). For several years, she operated Pan Marine concurrently with Miller/Thompson.
Diane purchased a controlling interest in Pan Marine in 1986, and took over full control of the Company’s operations in 1991. Pan Marine then broadened its sphere of operations from the San Francisco Bay Area into San Diego, the Pacific Northwest, and Hawaii. Its principal offices were located in San Francisco and Richmond, California.
Diane’s success and leadership qualities were recognized when the National Association of Women Business Owners awarded her the honor of Woman Entrepreneur of the Year in 1997 in the Rising Star Category. In that same year the San Francisco Business Times recognized Miller/Thompson as the Fastest Growing Privately Held Corporation in California (Number 1 out of 100).
In 1998, Diane was a business representative on the City of Richmond’s Sister City delegation to China. She served as Advisor to the Human Rights Commission in San Francisco from 1994 to 2002.
More recently, (2006 to present) Diane has served on the State of California Public Works Arbitration Committee – first appointed by Governor Schwarzenegger and reappointed by Governor Brown. This Committee establishes standards for the State’s construction arbitration process and provides oversight to that process.
From September 2012 to present, Diane has served as an active member of the Board of Directors for Foundation Constructors, Inc. Foundation is a pile driving company performing work throughout California. She works closely with the management team towards diversifying the company, succession planning, and overall direction of the Company. This Board regularly meets twice a month.
Diane is an individual member of the Beavers.
Diane has frequently been a guest lecturer to classes in the masters engineering program at Stanford University.
Diane now resides with her husband and the best dog in the world in San Rafael, California. She enjoys traveling, hunting and golf.