CARLISLE, Pa. - Chip Miller, co-founder of Carlisle Events, had a favorite saying: "Life is good." His son, Lance, has carried on that tradition, and it appears he will continue to carry on a lot more at Carlisle Events with his long-time friend Bill Miller III.
In a recent meeting, Bill Miller Jr., announced that Lance Miller and Bill Miller III, his son, will continue in their respective families' tradition of operating the Carlisle Events business at the Carlisle Fairgrounds.
"I couldn't be happier," said Bill Miller Jr., in regards to the changes. "Chip and I built our shows into a really successful and exciting business. We had a ball doing it, but I'm getting to the age where I want to pursue other interests, such as family and grand kids.
"I'm just so pleased that Lance and Bill III have agreed to help me take the business to the next level and still keep it a family business going into our second generation. We love our business, we love our vendors and we love our visitors. We try to treat everyone as though they are part of the big Carlisle Events family. I like to think of ourselves as the Disneyland of automotive events. I know Bill III and Lance will carry on that tradition."
Both of the younger Millers grew up with the business. Bill III recalls sitting at his kitchen table at the age of five with his parents.
"Dad folded the fliers, Mom stuffed them and I licked the envelopes and put on the stamp. Since that time, Lance and I have done almost every job there is at the fairgrounds."
When asked about where they plan to take the business, Lance Miller said, "Bill and I have discussed the future in great detail and agree the most important thing is to keep the business fun, exciting and fresh for the many guests that come to Carlisle, because they know it is the place to go for great automotive entertainment."
"My dad and Chip believed in treating every vendor and spectator as part of the family," Bill III said. "Lance and I intend to continue that tradition."