Alvin Roman â€œSkipâ€ Miller
Alvin Roman "Skip" Miller
October 30, 1946--September 4, 2009
Alvin Roman "Skip" Miller was born in the northeast Bronx, a borough of New York City, on October 30, 1946 to Alvin and Helena Levy Miller. After the death of Skip's biological mother at an early age, Skip was reared by his father and his devoted aunt, Sybil Levy Blum, who was a major force in his life.
Skip was a student at St. Augustine's and Our Lady of Grace elementary schools in the Bronx, later graduating high school from Mount Saint Michael Academy in 1964. As a teenager, his athletic prowess brought him much acclaim, particularly in football. Skip attended Hofstra University, majoring in the sciences. At Hofstra, Skip was a tight end on the football team, as well as a member of Kappa Alpha Psi fraternity. Skip was drafted by the Oakland Raiders; however was called to serve in Vietnam as an MP in the United States Army. Upon returning to New York City after his military tour ended, he decided to pursue a career in the music industry, setting his sights on California.
His career in the music industry began at Motown Record in 1971, eventually becoming President and working with artists such as Lionel Richie, Stevie Wonder, Smokey Robinson, and Diana Ross. At Motown, Skip created a lifetime of solid friendships. Motown was also where he met his beautiful wife, Karen "KC" Chretien. In 1980, he was named the Recording Industry Association of America's music executive of the year.
After Motown Records was sold to MCA in 1988, Miller became senior VP of Black, Jazz and Progressive music for RCA records and the Jive Label, working with such artists as SWV, Me Phi Me, Stacy Earl, DJ Jazzy Jeff & the Fresh Prince (Will Smith), Too Short, KRS-1, Mobb Deep and the Wu-Tang Clan.
He also served as President of Lion Tracks, where he managed Lionel Richie, and founded the Panda Entertainment Group--his talent management company specializing in artist development, music consulting, and production.
Skip Miller was a member of The Recording Academy for twenty-nine years serving on its Board of Governors. He was also a member of the Board of the American Cancer Society, a dedicated supporter of Project Angel Food, and an active member of St. Ambrose Catholic Church.
After thirty-one years of marriage and two sons, Skip and KC proved to be lifelong companions--devoted to each other and their children. Their sons, Justine and Dominic, were the breath Skip breathed; the hearts within his heart. There was no prouder father or stronger advocate than Skip for his boys. Skip's quiet strength and fierce sense of loyalty and responsibility will never be forgotten by those who knew him well, and it lives on in the character of his two sons that he nurtured and loved so much.
Skip knew talent--that was his job. Skip's God--given talent was recognizing the potential and possibilities in the next generation. He mentored and celebrated success of nieces, nephews, cousins, Godchildren, and children who were friends of the family. In his own quiet manner, Skip became a second father or uncle to numerous children. Many would believe Skip's greatest life moments were those he achieved in the music industry; however it could be argued that his finest hours were when he was nurturing, teaching, and molding our next generation.
He is survived by his wife, Karen "KC" Miller and two sons, Justin and Dominic, his loving mother, Sybil and his brothers, Jay and Michael; brother-in-law, Craig; sisters-in-law, Sharon, Caryn, Nancy, Diana, Celeste and Tracy; nieces, Jennifer and Michelle; and nephew, Jon. He also leaves behind a host of family and friends whom he dearly loved and who loved him in return. We Love You, Skip.