By Scott Billeck
With all of the reaction around the firing of Garth Buchko and Joe Mack, the man who has taken over the reins, Wade Miller, emerges from the carnage – and boy is he ever ready to get going.
“As a former member of our Blue Bombers, this team means everything to me,” said Miller. “I am not afraid to prove myself and let my results speak for themselves. Job one for me is football and all the hard work that will be required to strengthen our reputation and turn this organization into a competitive force whose traditions have long been such a critical part of the fabric of our community.
“I have been given the mandate to be the CEO of the organization and I will run the organization the way it needs to be run.”
His resume will do him good on both sides of the ball.
An accomplished player during his 11-year tenure the Winnipeg Blue Bombers, Miller was named an CFL East Division All-Star in 1997 and 1999. He also ranks as the Bombers’ all-time leader in special teams tackles and was inducted into the Winnipeg Football Club Hall of Fame in 2011. His knowledge of the on-field day-to-day elements will serve him well and will offer an unique insight that was absent with his predecessor.
It is not just Miller’s smarts on the field that will help him, however. His business accomplishments mirror his accomplishments on the field.
Miller is the CEO and co-founder of Pinnacle Staffing Solutions. In its eleventh year of operation, Pinnacle is the largest recruitment firm in Manitoba with 25 specialized recruiters providing executive and professional search, staffing and recruiting, and human resources and labour relations consulting.
Miller also founded Elite Sports Injury, Elite Performance, and has opened several Booster Juice franchises across Winnipeg.
An impressive resume and with the accolades to back it up.
Miller earned nation recognition as one of “Canada’s Top 40 under-40″ by the Globe and Mail in 2007 and as a prairies finalist, in 2009, for Ernst and Young’s Entrepreneurial Award.
Miller also sits on various boards, including the Young Presidents Organization, Entrepreneur Organization, and is chairman of the Winnipeg Blue Bomber Alumni.
Miller gives back to the community by hosting an annual, free football clinic for 250 Manitoba coaches and also runs the the “Wade Miller Play with the Pro” Golf Tournament in support of amateur sport along with other initiatives.
But what really matters is what Miller can do with the Bombers organization, one that sits in tatters as he takes over Friday. Miller is confident of his abilities going forward, and knows that the Bombers, despite his other endeavors, will come first for him.
“To our fans, I am committed to the heavy lifting that is required to put us on a new path, and affect the change that will lead us in a new direction,” said Miller. “I am not afraid to prove myself, that is my calling card, on and off the field, so we are going to bring it.
“I am going to focus on football first and bring back the history and winning attitude we used to have, but because that is what our fans not only expect, but deserve.”
(With files from the Winnipeg Blue Bombers.)