Buck Autrey became President of Miller Electric Company in 1966. With sales of far less than $1 million dollars, and debt at half that amount, he set the company on an upward spiral that continued for more than fifty years—and continues today with more than 2000 employees and a presence throughout the United States and beyond. He built the foundation for success for thousands of employees and their families. His corporate and industry leadership positions brought National recognition to Miller Electric Company. Electricians, apprentices, managers, and administrative workers, all held their head high, and shared a common sense of pride, that came from knowing that they worked for the best company in the business. Our Customers also knew they would receive the very best quality and service available.
Growing up in the Autrey Household was trip through the American Dream. We started out near the economic bottom rung on the Northside of Jacksonville, but that did not last long. Dad knew where he was headed, and he knew how to get there. He used the tools provided by the NECA-IBEW Apprenticeship Training Program, and NECA’s Executive and Management Training, to advance his knowledge of the electrical industry and build a solid foundation for the decades of leadership that followed. When he wasn’t studying electrical technology and engineering at night, he was teaching it in the same apprenticeship school he graduated from. Rising to the top, as President of the National Electrical Contractor’s Association, he showed the rest of the World the right way to grow and develop our industry for the thousands of member companies.
We had a family that shared everything together, picnics, drive-in movies, trips to the Beach, fishing, hunting, baseball, and so much more—we lived American values guided by faith in God and dedication to family. Patriarch is a fancy word and we surely did not know its meaning in the 1950’s and 60’s. What we did know, is that we had a Mom and a Dad that loved us and provided for us, and set us in a righteous path forward in life.
Dad, as you clock in today at 88 years old, know that you have a family that loves you. Know that thousands of people and families are better off today because of your efforts and success in life.
As your son, know that I love you, and respect and admire all that you have accomplished. I thank you for all that I have and hold. For all my gains in life, and the blessings of my family, I thank you and wish for you the Happiest of Birthdays that life can provide.
October 20th, 2020