Expert Ryan Miller

RYAN MILLER

KAYAK EXPERT

BIO

I have been a SCHEELS associate since 2014 in Rochester, Mn. However, my passion for the outdoors began long before. As a kid with lots of energy, I grew up spending as much time outside as I could. Activities I enjoyed included everything from camping with my Boy Scout Troupe to fishing on the boat with family. Before working for Scheels, my passion for outdoor education grew when I was in college in northern Minnesota. I worked for 2 years at a camp as their Adventure Director. Every day I was able to teach kids about things like paddle sports, fishing, climbing, high ropes, camping and enjoying nature. My favorite thing from that time in my life was being able to see the development of a new passion or life skill begin for someone else. My personal passions include camping, kayaking, fishing, hiking, and downhill skiing. Being able to share my passion and knowledge of the outdoors is what brought me to SCHEELS.

My favorite experience with a customer happened around the opening of the Rochester store. I began talking with a young family by the kayaks. As we continued to talk, they told me they were looking to purchase kayaks for all 4 of them. After an hour, I found a kayak for each family member. The kids were so excited to get out to use them! The parents also invited me to stop by if I ever kayaked the route of the river where they reside. Since this first purchase, the family comes in all the time to see me, whether it be to buy a new SUP, Christmas presents or just to chat. I have still yet to stop by their house on a kayak outing, but it is fun to see the kids come running outside, waving when they see me pass by on the river.

CAREER HIGHLIGHTS

  • Associate since 2014
  • Competitor in Kayak Bass Fishing Tournaments
  • 2016 Lake MacBride Kayak Bass Tournament Winner
  • 2014 Certified High Ropes Instructor
  • 2014 Adventure Director in Northern MN

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