The quality of a company is revealed by the quality of its leadership.
Frank Miller Lumber, a fourth generation family-owned lumber company, benefits from having proven leaders and trusted decision makers in key positions.
The men and women leading Frank Miller Lumber have the experience and expertise to ensure that the company retains its core values while continuing to grow internationally, and maintains its status as the leading provider of Premier American Hardwoods.
Chairman of the Board
Steve James — President and CEO
Steve graduated from the University of Michigan in 1987 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration and later received his Master’s Degree in Manufacturing Management from Kettering University. He spent the first 27 years of his career with General Motors, with the last being the CFO of the Duramax diesel engine joint venture between GM and Isuzu. Steve came to Frank Miller Lumber as the CFO and assumed the Presidency and CEO position in 2015. Steve leads the team in the overall business direction and strategy. He also is leading various initiatives to expand international growth opportunities.
Steve is active in the community. He serves on the Board of Directors for the Randolph County YMCA and is part of the Stellar Strategic Planning Committee in Union City. In his free time, he likes fishing, traveling and spending time with his family. Steve and his wife have three children, and a son-in-law that has been a great addition to the family.
Jo Ellen Johnston — Vice President and CFO
Jo graduated magna cum laude from Ball State University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting. Jo has previously owned her own retail business and worked for an automotive supplier as the accounting manager. Jo also passed the CPA examination but no longer holds a permit to practice.
Jo came to Frank Miller Lumber as the Controller and assumed the Vice Presidency and CFO position in 2015. Jo manages the financial planning and analysis for the company, as well as overseeing the company’s risk and treasury management and overall business performance.
Jo enjoys travelling, shopping and spending time with her family. Jo and her husband have two children and two grandchildren. Jo also spends time servicing her community and is a member of her credit union and church boards.
Josh Brennan — Vice President of Sales
Josh graduated from the Nationally Ranked Entrepreneurship and Small Business Management program at Ball State University in 2000. Upon his graduation, he began his career with Frank Miller Lumber as the Marketing Manager. Today, Josh is responsible for directing the sales activities of company. He has served on the Board of the Indiana Hardwood Lumber Association.
In his free time, Josh enjoys mountain biking, fishing, and spending time with his wife, son and daughter.
Tony Messina — Vice President of Operations
Tony graduated from Oklahoma State University in 1978 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Wood Products and Forestry. Tony started his career with Riverside Furniture Corporation in Fort Smith as a lumber yard manager. He began his sawmill career at T&S Sawmill in Clarendon, Arkansas and then moved to Averitt Hardwoods, where he held several positions from plant manager to Director of Operations when he left to join Frank Miller Lumber in 2006 as Vice President of Operations. Tony leads the operations team that includes log procurement, mill operations, quality control, maintenance and the lumber concentration yard located in Salem, Indiana.
Tony and his wife have four children and four grandchildren. Tony enjoys spending time with his family, working in the yard and playing with Colt, their Bassett hound. He has been known to partake in games of strategy and chance while sipping on a flavored drink made from a white oak barrel.
Bob Miller — Director of Marketing and Sales Intelligence
After graduating from Purdue University, Bob joined the family company that he grew up in. In his current role, Bob looks at the growth opportunities in the hardwood market. He serves on several industry and community boards, devoting his time and knowledge.
In his free time, Bob enjoys working with the youth softball program, woodworking, and spending time with his friends and family, including his wife and daughter.
Doris Ebeling — HR Director
Doris went straight into the business world out of high school and was the office manager for Time Warner Cable Company for 10 years. She also owned and operated her own painting business prior to coming to Frank Miller Lumber in 2001.
Doris guides and manages Human Resources services, policies and programs for the company. Major areas include employee relations, benefit administration, recruitment, performance management, and compliance to regulatory concerns. A strategic thinker with an incisive and analytical approach, she brings new depth to healthcare projects. She energetically contributes to office initiatives and provides consistent support to our employees.
Doris enjoys family activities with her husband and four daughters.
Mark Miller — Northern/Export Sales Manager
Mark graduated Summa Cum Laude from Ball State University in 1994. Upon his graduation, he began his full time employment at Frank Miller Lumber in Lumber Sales. Today, Mark is responsible for sales into the Upper Midwest, New England, and for all exports. He has served on the Board of the Indiana Hardwood Lumber Association and is a Past President as well.
He enjoys riding his motorcycle, fishing and spending time with his family. He is happily married to his wife, and has one son, one step-son, and one step-daughter.
Criswell Davis — Architectural Marketing Manager
Criswell has been in the hardwood business for 28 years and has represented Frank Miller Lumber for 20 years. He has served on the Board of Directors for the Wood Products Manufacturers Association, the Western Hardwood Association and the Hardwood Federation PAC in Washington D.C.
An American Institute of Architects Continuing Education provider and university lecturer, he has given presentations on quartersawn sustainable American hardwoods to more than 4,000 architects, designers and students around the world over the past six years. He is currently acting as an advisor on the use of quartersawn American hardwoods for projects in the United States, Australia, India, China and Singapore. He is viewed as an invaluable expert resource regarding American hardwoods in sustainable design.
Criswell is a cancer survivor and now serves on the Patient Advisory Council for a new Kettering Cancer Treatment hospital in Kettering, Ohio. When not traveling and talking to architects and designers, Criswell enjoys music and spending time with his family.