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Mark Miller, Naviant Inc.

IB’s Professional of the Week is the premier way to meet Dane County’s professionals. This week features Mark Miller, vice president of sales, Naviant Inc.

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What would you say are the best things about living and working in Dane County?

I grew up in Madison and have worked here my whole life. I met this beautiful woman — my wife, Lisa — in college and she convinced me to build a home on her family farmland that backs up to the Horicon Marsh. So, technically I live in Dodge County, but I commute into Verona nearly every day.

Madison and Dane County bring together such a diverse group of people with all kinds of passion. It’s a little big town — in other words, everyone is well connected and the opportunities to explore your passions are endless.

Do you have any secret talents or abilities that people would be surprised to discover?

I have a knack for remembering dates for positive events in my life — not just the normal, special personal dates, like the day I met my wife, our first date, our engagement, anniversary, and birthdays of my children, but dates for pivotal business meetings in my career, like the first time I met an important customer, the first pivotal presentation, and the time it took to come to an agreement to work together. (It took 1,505 days.)

On the flip side, I have a difficult time remembering specific dates for negative events, like the dates of death for some really important people in my life.

I’m not sure of that’s a cause for my ultra-positive “glass-half-full” outlook, or my competitive nature and strong desire to never give up until I’ve exhausted all options, but I have certainly recognized it over the past 10 years.

What are your guilty pleasures?

For those who know me well, it begins and ends with coffee. I love espresso and start nearly every morning with multiple shots to get me going. I once cut caffeine out of my life for about a year — what a terrible mistake that was.

Another guilty pleasure is Key lime pie. When the server comes around to ask if anyone wants dessert, I always ask for it. Of course, 99 percent of the time the restaurant doesn’t have it, but if they do, I will always take an order to go! It’s become a running joke in the office, so that some co-workers will send me pictures of Key lime pie when they are out!

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