SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – JR Motorsports co-owner Kelley Earnhardt Miller has been added to the BRANDT Professional Agriculture board of directors, company officials announced Monday.
Earnhardt Miller, one of the most prominent women in NASCAR, will bring drive, diversity and competitiveness to the company. She joins Chris Harbourt, Ph.D. – an assistant professor at the University of Illinois – as one of two new BRANDT board members.
“We just added two rock stars to Team BRANDT,” said Rick Brandt, President and CEO of BRANDT. “Kelley is an amazing businesswoman and leader; Chris is a unique marriage of academia and real world experience. Together, they are both entrepreneurs who know how to identify opportunities, build teams and run companies.”
Joining eight other directors and three consultants, Earnhardt Miller and Harbourt were elected for one-year terms by the BRANDT shareholders.
The daughter of late seven-time NASCAR Cup Series champion Dale Earnhardt, Earnhardt Miller is the backbone of JR Motorsports, overseeing the company’s race teams and its management team, as well as all business ventures for her brother, Dale Earnhardt Jr.
After she joined JR Motorsports in 2001 as general manager, the company has flourished, winning seven team championships at the highest levels of American stock car racing.
“I am excited to join the BRANDT board,” Earnhardt Miller said. “Like JR Motorsports, BRANDT is a family-owned company with a distinctive set of values and a clear vision for the future. I look forward to bringing my experience to the BRANDT board and the company overall.”
In addition to her duties at JR Motorsports, Earnhardt Miller serves on the board of The Dale Jr Foundation, which has raised over $8.1 million for various charities. She’s also the chairman of the board of Blueharbor Bank, a trustee for Iredell Memorial Hospital and a board member for Children’s Hope Alliance.