Navasota, Tx Navasota Mayor Bert Miller probably wouldn't have run for the job if he hadn't been encouraged by one of his friends to get off the couch and get involved. Soon after that implied couch potato comment, Bert traded in his sofa for the many hats he's learned to wear.
There are several ways to describe Bert Miller, he's a successful businessman, community volunteer and hard worker, but as Mayor of the City of Navasota, he's also known as the town's bestfriend, but why is he so committed?
Bert Miller's simple answer is, "It's my hometown."
Because he's a hometown boy, Miller wants everyone he meets to get to know his town. From the historic churches to the beautiful Victorian homes, Bert's number one goal is to positively promote his city.
"We're still considered a small country town, but still have a lot of things that the cities have so it's just a good balance. We got a lot, a lot of history here to share." says Miller.
And sharing and spreading news of events like the annual Navasota Blues Festival is something that comes natural to someone whose passion it is to sing the praises of this not so small Grimes County community.
When asked about the festival Miller says, "It's just grown and grown to be a really regional event, we have folks come from Dallas and San Antonio and all over the state."
While the festival's popularity has grown and transformed the City of Navasota into the Blues Capitol of Texas, Miller's also seen other transformations. The town's shops and businesses are growing and thriving too, but don't think for one minute, Miller is ready to stop working on making the city a better place to live.
Miller says, "I'm gonna keep at it as long as, as long as my body will allow me to keep doing it because it's rewarding and I get a lot from it."
And just as the LaSalle statue stands in the heart of the city welcoming everyone to Navasota, Bert Miller, whether he meets you on the city streets or in his office he'll greet you with his trademark smile and handshake and very soon after meeting him, you'll have his infectious work ethic and volunteer attitude.
"At this point, I'm not done," says Miller.
In the future, Miller says someday he may turn the reigns over to someone, but right now, he's happy doing what he does and if you've ever seen his bio, there's a lot he's involved with. Miller says Navasota is where he's planted and it's easy to understand why he's so happily and deeply rooted into his community.