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Get Buzzed with Lenny Miller

At Buzzy Rocket we are lucky to know lots of smart super cool people. We’d like you to get to know them too. In the Get Buzzed series we ask a smart super cool person 10 questions and share their responses.
So let’s Get Buzzed.

Get Buzzed with Lenny Miller, Renaissance Man

Lenny is a Boeing 787 Dreamliner Captain, former auto racing team owner, classic car owner and enthusiast, and documentary film producer. His auto racing team, Miller Racing Group, was the first team owned by African Americans to win a track championship in NASCAR history.

He is co-author of the book “Racing While Black: How an African-American Stock Car Team Made Its Mark on NASCAR”, and producer of the documentary based on his father’s book Silent Thunder: Breaking Through Cultural, Racial and Class Barriers in Motorsports, currently in post-production. Lenny’s auto racing artifacts have been collected by and are on display at the Smithsonian National Museum of American History.

1. Tell us about your professional responsibilities in layman’s terms.
I wear many hats in my professional life. I am a Boeing 787 Captain, author, documentary film producer, former auto racing team owner and classic car owner and enthusiast.

2. What motivates you to get out of bed in the morning?
Achieving goals and using my energy, experience and passion to make things happen.

3. What is the one mobile device you can’t live without?
My iphone is in my pocket or hand at all times. I use it for immediate access to texting and email. My ipad is a close second as I use it for accessing and drafting documents.

4. What is the first app you check every day?
Yahoo News. It’s a great place to get a quick view on varied topics. It often has interesting articles that I don’t see in other places and is light on politics and political view.

5. How do you use mobile in your professional life?
As a pilot I use an iPad, which has everything I need. It has all aeronautical and navigational charts, company news and communications etc. I spend a lot of time in other countries around the world and once on the ground I use travel apps, Uber, Google maps, and mobile in general to get around and to find restaurants and points of interest. I use the camera on my iPhone to snap pics and share on social. I also often use the Check-in feature on FaceBook.

6. How do you use mobile in your personal life?
Many of the professional uses bleed into my personal life. Texting is generally how I keep up with my teenage daughter, family and friends.

7. How does mobile impact your business?
In addition to using mobile in my life as a pilot I also use mobile to push new information to the website for our documentary and for communications.

8. If you could have one superpower, what would it be and why?
ESP – I’d to give myself an unfair advantage as well as to be able to peek into the heads of others and understand how they think.

9. What is your most favorite place that you have visited?
As a pilot I spend a lot of time all over the world. As far as cities, my favorite is Rome, with Hong Kong as a close second. In South America I love Rio de Janiero, and white water rafting in Costa Rica was one of my favorite experiences. Loudoun County, Virginia where I live is also one of my most favorite places on the planet.

10. Is there anything else you would like to share?
I have a 55 Chevy hotrod pickup and I need to exercise more.

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