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Minnesota CEO is one of Michelle Obama’s guests tonight

WASHINGTON — Darlene Miller, the owner and CEO of Burnsville-based Permac Industries, is one of 23 guests sitting in First Lady Michelle Obama’s box for President Barack Obama’s jobs speech to Congress tonight.

Miler is a member of Obama’s Council on Jobs and Competitiveness, a 27-member panel formed to “provide non-partisan advice to the President on continuing to strengthen the Nation’s economy and ensure the competitiveness of the United States and on ways to create jobs, opportunity, and prosperity for the American people,” according to the White House.

The Star Tribune profiled Miller before the Council’s first meeting in February. 

Here’s Miller’s bio, from the White House: “She started working as a Sales Representative at Permac in 1992, became part owner in 1993 to 100 percent ownership of the company in 1994.Under Miller’s leadership Permac Industries was named the U.S. Chamber Small Business of the Year for the entire USA in 2008. Miller is currently a member of the U.S. Chamber Board of Directors and Advisory Council, board of directors for PMPA and MPMA (Manufacturing Trade Associations), and the Minnesota Valley Medical Manufacturers network (MEDNET), which she co-founded in 2006.”

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Comments (1)

  1. Submitted by Dennis Tester on 09/09/2011 - 07:57 am.

    Sorry, Darlene. The government (taxpayers) shouldn’t be paying to train your employees (from profile).

    That’s your investment to make, the return of which should also be yours and yours alone.

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