Investment

Our approach to investments is a study in careful balance: We are conservative on projects while remaining ambitious on location identification. That means we’re willing to look outside of a region’s central business district and into emerging markets—these areas have been some of our most productive assets. At the same time, it’s essential that we maximize investment while minimizing risk. We do this by focusing on all of our stakeholders, using an array of investment strategies to generate returns, and meticulously executing at only the highest levels. The result is a portfolio of current and future projects that achieve best use both on an interim basis as well as delivering long-term value. These projects aren’t just an investment in property—they’re important investments in the fabric of our communities. 

Philosophy

We believe in lasting value and long-term vision. Since our formation in 2001, MILLER has prided itself on operating as a carefully curated group of professionals who create innovative solutions for community-focused real estate projects. Our properties have included residential, commercial, retail, industrial, self-storage and educational assets. The common thread: A commitment to thoughtful, well-executed projects, unwavering attention to detail, experienced application within a variety of industries, and established relationships that allow us to consistently excel. These values help us ensure that the properties we invest in are useful, profitable, and valuable in their communities, now and in the future.

Development

We always begin a new project by carefully considering the highest and best use for a given property, whether it’s multi-family residential or an array of other product types. From the initial concept to project completion, our attention to detail means we are delivering only top-quality design and construction. As a result, our projects are strengthening communities aesthetically, socially, and economically every day. We’re proud of the important connections and partnerships we’ve built while creating these properties.

Markets

A map showing the placement of MILLER's projects in Washington, DC and Maryland.

LEadership

FROM LEFT TO RIGHT: Robert Miller, Adriel Desouza, Mike Valazak, Charles Struse 
FROM LEFT TO RIGHT: Robert Miller, Adriel Desouza, Mike Valazak, Charles Struse

We value not just the investment in property, but the greater investment in our communities.

Robert Miller
robert miller
Founder and principal

Robert Miller is founder and principal of MILLER, with more than 20 years of active real estate, development, construction, and financing experience. He oversees all aspects of the business, from investment opportunities and development concepts to long-term planning and company mission. Robert earned his degree in Business Administration with an emphasis in Architectural Engineering at Penn State University, followed by his MBA from the University of Maryland. He is a licensed real estate broker in Maryland and the District of Columbia. He has served in various board capacities, including the District of Columbia Building Industry Association, where he currently serves on its board and executive committee.

Mike Valazak
chief financial officer

Mike Valazak oversees all financial matters for MILLER, including assessing financial performance, supervising accounting and treasury functions, and evaluating new investment opportunities. Before joining the group, Mike was a senior auditing manager for accounting firm CohnReznick, where he supervised financial statement audits, reviews, and compilations for clients in real estate, investments, health care, nonprofits, and more. He is a member of the AICPA, DCBIA Capital Markets Committee, and ULI. Mike also serves on the Board of Directors for Winter Growth, Inc., a nonprofit that supports older and disabled adults.

charles struse
Director, Development

Charley Struse’s role with MILLER has included the management of complex, large-scale development and construction projects both residential and commercial. A graduate of Connecticut College with degrees in economics and architectural studies, Charley is an active member of the DCBIA and has served as co-chair on two committees. In 2019, the DCBIA named Charley Young Leader of the Year.

ADRIEL DESOUZA
DIRECTOR, FIELD SERVICES

Adriel De Souza has supervised construction projects that include residential developments, storage conversions, and demolition and reconfiguration of commercial spaces. Adriel has more than five years of expertise in high-end interior carpentry and is fluent in three languages.