Phil Miller '83

Phil Miller

Phil Miller '83

Managing Director
Philippus Miller III & Associates

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Philippus Miller '83 is managing director of Philippus Miller III & Associates, a full-service executive search firm serving hospitality entities worldwide by researching and identifying candidates and helping clients hire and retain highly qualified senior managers and executives. Based in Ithaca, New York, and on the web at, the firm focuses on graduates of the top hospitality schools seeking senior-level employment opportunities. Additionally, Miller is senior managing director and a founder of Paramount Lodging Advisors,, a Chicago-based real estate services firm providing hotel brokerage, asset management, distressed asset servicing, and capital markets services to clients worldwide.

A 1983 Hotel School alumnus, Miller spent ten years after graduation in hospitality operations, initially joining Hyatt Hotels as a corporate trainee, focusing on sales and marketing. He subsequently worked for the Related Companies in New York City as part of a team that developed, built, and opened a noted Manhattan nightclub.

Seeking international experience, Miller moved to Guatemala to become a hotel manager in the Central American highlands, and then went on to Kenya as operations manager of a safari camp. In 1993, he returned to Cornell and spent eleven happy years as the Hotel School's director of alumni affairs and secretary of its alumni association, the Cornell Hotel Society. In this role, Miller assisted the School's 11,000 students and alumni in all aspects of their careers and encouraged their lifelong interaction with Cornell. He was the executive editor of the alumni magazine; supervised the operations of more than 60 alumni chapters worldwide; directed the efforts of hundreds of volunteers; and assisted one of the most active alumni associations in the world in its evolution from a print-based to an online organization.

Miller's continuing involvement at Cornell includes serving as former president and current secretary of the Cornell Hotel Society Foundation, as an occasional guest lecturer at the Hotel School, and as a former board member and president of the Quill and Dagger Senior Honorary Society.