Legacies and giving back to the community are very important in Utah, and VIP Limousine’s hometown of Salt Lake City is a starting point for much of that generosity. For this entry, Going Local is taking a closer look at a late local legend, the entrepreneur Larry H. Miller.
Lawrence “Larry” Horne West was born in Salt Lake City and graduated from West High School. After racing and working odd jobs he purchased a Toyota dealership in Murray. From there, his business grew as he acquired other locations and grew a network of multiple dealerships. Now based out of the Salt Lake suburb of Sandy, the Larry H. Miller dealership network is now one of the largest in the United States, with locations in Arizona, California, Colorado, Idaho, New Mexico, Utah, and Washington state. These include the used car supermarkets and the new-car dealerships specializing in a wide variety of brands.
Miller was also involved in a multitude of other activities. His Megaplex brand of theatres is one of the largest in the region, and he also became the owner of the Utah Jazz. He was also the owner of KJZZ TV and backed other ventures, including the Salt Lake Bees, the Vivint Smart Home Arena (formerly the Delta Center), Miller Motorsports Park, and the Tour of Utah.
Miller was also known as a local philanthropist. He donated to improve training facilities for law enforcement, had a close relationship with Salt Lake Community College programs, and created Larry H. Miller Charities. To this day, his family, led by his wife Gail, continues to donate and give back to the community, including to local hospitals.
The name Larry H. Miller is a Utah household name for all of the reasons above. Even VIP Limousine has done business dealings with the company in regards to our fleet, as have other local transportation companies. Larry definitely left Utah a little better than he found it, and we are all the better for it.