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There and Back Again: Hi Lauren Miller!

By Lauren Miller | August 11, 2017

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Hi there! I’m Lauren Miller, the new Business Development Manager at designRoom.

My story is one you have likely heard many times before – the young Ohio girl venturing to the big city to find herself, only to realize that Ohio is where she was meant the be all along.

I spent my formative years in Warren, Ohio. It was the quintessential suburban childhood. Following that I took my talents to southern Ohio where I graduated with a BA in Journalism from Ohio University. As graduation neared I, like so many before me, was yearning to move away from Ohio and experience the world. So, just a few days after graduation, I filled a truck full of stuff and headed out (mid)west.

Chicago welcomed me with open arms, followed by a pint of Old Style. It was everything I was looking for – a big city filled with kind midwesterners, a glittering skyline, and in the air the smells of deep dish and chocolate.

Chicago’s energy and pace were like fuel, and I experienced as much of it as I could. I lived in four different neighborhoods; explored many more; went to almost every street and music festival; ate all the food; participated in the insanity that is the Chicago Triathlon.

Professionally, I jumpstarted my career with a small advertising agency that, I begrudgingly admit, represents the Chicago Cubs. From there, I began working with one of the world’s top Brand and Consumer Research firms. My mornings were spent on buses observing those around me. Days were spent diving into the inner-workings of consumers’ minds and helping some of the top brands in the world develop and grow.

Life in Chicago fulfilled every hope I had for it. But after seven amazing years, something unexpected happened. My heart began to yearn for Ohio. So once again, I packed my 750-square foot apartment into a truck and moved back home – to my recently purchased fixer-upper on 3-acres of secluded land.

Initially I continued to work remotely for my Chicago branding firm. But I quickly realized that being too secluded is still not my style. Don’t get me wrong, I love hanging out with my dogs Animal and Pikey all day, but I sorely missed the energy of the city and the promise of human interaction. That’s when I found designRoom, a thriving agency in the heart of downtown Cleveland.

From my mere month at designRoom, I can tell this is what I’ve been looking for all along. I am so excited to be part of the designRoom family, and I cannot wait to use my experience in brand building to help organizations that help people.

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Lauren Miller

Lauren is all about branding. Coming from a global brand research firm, she brings with her a depth of knowledge on what makes a strong brand. A proud Ohio University alumna, she began filling her well of brand knowledge as a Journalism & Advertising Major, with Minor focuses in business and sociology - you know, because one degree wasn't enough. As the Business Development Manager, she puts her knowledge to good use in speaking with new and potential clients about the importance of building healthy, sustainable brands. Health and sustainable are words she lives by - constantly training for (and complaining about) her next athletic endeavor, be it tackling the icy Lake Michigan waters for a triathlon or jetting to Germany to run a marathon. After years of city-living in Chicago, as an Ohio native, she is so glad to be home, where she enjoys a bit more acreage for her and her English Bulldog and Boston Terrier pups to enjoy.

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