Dealership History

Miller was born in 1944 and grew up in the Capital Hill area of Salt Lake City, Utah. Following his graduation from West High, Miller married his high school sweetheart, Gail Saxton, and began working construction until 1964 when he went to work for American Auto Parts.

In 1966, he became the parts manager at a Utah auto dealer, and then later moved to Denver to work as the parts manager for two Denver Toyota dealerships. He was soon promoted to operations manager over five Toyota stores, where he became the number one Toyota parts dealer in the United States and the first to hit a million in sales, and then two million.

In 1979, Miller purchased a Toyota dealership in the Salt Lake City suburb of Murray, Utah.

It opened as Larry H. Miller Toyota. In the years that followed, more dealerships were opened. Today, the Larry H. Miller Dealerships operate 20 different automotive brands across more than 60 dealership locations in seven western states. Each dealership specializes in the sales and service of new and used automobiles, as well as providing vehicle service contracts to its consumers through the Larry H. Miller Group's insurance group, Total Care Auto Powered by Landcar, and providing consumers with financing solutions through its finance company, Prestige Financial Services and Rally Motor Credit.

In 1985, Miller became a co-owner of the struggling NBA franchise, the Utah Jazz, and then a year later purchased the remaining portion from Sam Battistone to become the sole owner. As the team began to have success, they quickly outgrew the Salt Palace Arena where they played. It was at this point that Larry decided to build a new arena, now Vivint Smart Home Arena, in downtown Salt Lake City. The arena, commonly known as home to the Utah Jazz, has been the stage for thousands of special events ranging from rock concerts and rodeos to the 2002 Olympic Winter Games.

But the company growth didn't stop with the Jazz and the automotive dealerships. Because of his strong commitment to sports and family entertainment, Miller successfully added a collection of businesses to the organization. These entities include the Salt Lake Bees, the AAA affiliate of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim; the Tour of Utah professional cycling race; independent television station KJZZ; sports radio station 1280 The Zone; and All-Star Catering.  He also added Fanzz sports apparel stores; Megaplex Theatres, a chain of movie theatres in Nevada and Utah; and more.

In addition, there are several other related businesses supporting the work of these companies, such as its own full-service advertising agency, Saxton Horne Communications. The LHM Group has also developed vast real estate holdings which include commercial and agricultural properties managed by Miller Family Real Estate.

However, the most important aspect of growth is the fact that, over the last 35 years of business, the Larry H. Miller Group of Companies has become a family of more than 10,000 employees with locations in seven western states.

With so much evolving, changing and expanding since that first dealership opened its doors in 1979, one thing has remained constant, the continuing mission to exceed the expectations of customers, employees and the community as a whole. Larry's goal to be the benchmark for excellence in every aspect of business is what has moved the company forward over the past thirty years. And it is this mission and philosophy that will undoubtedly move it forward for the next thirty years.

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