Nicholas “Nick” Miller is a Polk City native, business owner, North Polk High School graduate (2017), and a current undergraduate student at Drake University studying Strategic Political Communication.
Nick has a diverse background of experiences and involvement starting at the age of 13. Currently, Nick is the Youth Coordinator for the Greater Des Moines Committee on Foreign Relations and owns his own business, KNM Productions LLC, which provides DJ, photography, videography, and other event production services. Nick is also a member of the Polk City Chamber of Commerce.
Nick grew up in Polk City, Iowa with his parents, Shari and Mike Miller, and brother, Kellen.
Nick graduated from North Polk High School in 2017 and then began his first semester of college at Drake University that Fall studying Strategic Political Communication.
Nick had an interest in helping others, constantly being reminded by his parents, “Leave this world better than how you came into it,” and that began his civic engagement and community service at a very young age. In 6th grade, he organized a non-profit fundraiser for a family who had a child with special needs.
Drive for Opportunity
At the age of 13, wanting to earn money but being too young to be hired by anyone, Nick set out to start his own business, AVL Specialists, a DJ company using old speakers and anything he could get his hands on.
Nick would take advantage of any opportunity that came his way, whether it was a 60-year-old birthday party, girl scout father-daughter dance, or the community block party.
Once he reached working age, Nick began working and then would do so at a multitude of places over the years: Fareway, Kidman Tree Farm, Polk City United Methodist Church, Target, and Men’s Wearhouse, while still DJing on the side.
Throughout high school, Nick was heavily involved in Key Club, an organization under Kiwanis International, serving as the North Polk Treasurer, then President for two terms, and as the Lt. Gov. for the Nebraska-Iowa District. Nick was also very engaged in the community serving as the youngest board member for both the Polk City Four Seasons Planning Committee and Polk City United Methodist Church Trustees.
Due to his service to the community and his school district, Nick was asked to be a community stakeholder on the Polk City Comprehensive Planning Committee as the student representative from North Polk Schools
Under Nick’s leadership as President of North Polk Key Club, membership grew nearly 300% and student service hours saw a massive increase to the tune of 300 service hours in just three months
In addition to Key Club, Nick was very involved in the Youth Leadership Initiative (YLI) with the Greater Des Moines Partnership. He graduated from the program in 2016 and was the recipient of the Outstanding Youth Award for that year’s class. Following his YLI graduation, Nick was asked to come back and serve on their Executive Committee and then as Head Mentor, where he led teams of students and professionals in leadership development.
Getting into Politics
Seeking an opportunity to get involved in politics, Nick applied to be a clerk in the Iowa House of Representatives and began working for Rep. Bruce Bearinger (HD-64) in the 2018 session and has continued to do so through the 2020 session.
After his first year of college, Nick was asked to become a board member of the Des Moines Committee on Foreign Relations for Youth Outreach. The following summer, Nick was sent to D.C. to complete the American Committee on Foreign Relations Youth Leaders Initiative program.
Building a Business
In October 2018, Nick founded his company, KNM Productions, with the help of his brother doing DJ and Photography.
In the spring of 2019, Nick pitched for, and was accepted to, the Lorentzen Student Business Hatchery at Drake University. Through the Hatchery, he was able to develop skills in business and built up KNM Productions. Under Nick’s leadership, KNM Productions has grown from a team of two brothers to a staff of six with clientele bookings through 2021 and many additional services offered.
Running for the Iowa House
On May 22nd, 2019, Nick announced his candidacy for the Iowa House at the Qube Hotel in Polk City and on February 25th, 2020, Nick filed the petition signatures to solidify his candidacy for the Iowa House.