Less than a year after it was created, Preservation Buffalo Niagara named its first executive director — Michael Miller. He was unanimously selected by PBN’s Board of Trustees from a national pool of more than 35 applicants. Miller, the current president of the Central Terminal Restoration Corporation, will start his new position on July 13th.
“He has the combination of skills we are looking for. He has a passion for historic preservation and has been a volunteer leader with local preservation organizations,” said Steven Weiss, vice chair of PBN. “That Michael lives and works in this region is also a plus, as he can start quickly.”
Miller feels he has been adequately prepared for his new role through his current position at the Central Terminal
Restoration Corporation, which he will still retain after starting at PBN. “My six years with the Central Terminal has been the most rewarding period of my life. To be given the opportunity to make a living, doing what I love to do, only comes around once in a lifetime, if you’re lucky,” said Miller, who has 30 years of management experience to draw from in his role at PBN. He has also worked for M&T Bank for more than 15 years and co-founded Broadway Fillmore Alive
, which works to revitalize the Broadway-Fillmore area of Buffalo.
Miller already has big plans for Preservation Buffalo Niagara, which is dedicated to preserving historic structures in the region. “First and foremost, we’d like to raise public awareness to endangered historic structures, so that we can attempt to be more proactive and less reactive,” he said. Miller also plans to further develop the group’s field services and administrative tools in order to assist owners or those interested in owning historic Buffalo structures.
Preservation Buffalo Niagara is also hunting for another new position, a Preservation Specialist who would work primarily in the field with organizations or individuals to reinforce neighborhood preservation efforts and serve as a preservation resource for the entire region. The new position is funded through a generous 3-year “Partners in the Field” grant awarded by the National Trust for Historic Preservation, which the Community Foundation for a Greater Buffalo matched for the first year. If you might be interested in applying, you can find all the information at PBN’s Web site
Miller said with the increasing importance of going “green” to save resources, preserving historic structures and landmarks is more important than ever. “I also believe that historic preservation is a moral responsibility,” he continued. “Buffalo has a unique history and that history is reflected in the artistry, quality of design and materials of its architecture that should, at the very least, be preserved, if not treasured.”