<![CDATA[Rance C. Miles - Artesia, New Mexico - Blog]]>Wed, 02 Dec 2015 22:26:49 -0800Weebly<![CDATA[What Do Court Appointed Special Advocates Do?                             ]]>Thu, 17 Sep 2015 15:54:08 GMThttp://rancemiles.weebly.com/blog/what-do-court-appointed-special-advocates-doRance C. Miles currently serves as COO and CFO of Quality Milk Sales in Artesia, New Mexico, where he has been since 1997. Outside of work, Rance C. Miles supports charities, including Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA).

CASA volunteers ensure health and safety of children who have been removed from their homes and placed into foster care. Volunteers advocate on behalf of the child, making regular visits until the child has left foster care and been placed into a forever home. CASA advocacy has shown to help children received more court-ordered services, and children with an advocate are also more likely to have their educational and family visitation needs met. Advocates are truly a valuable resource and role model for foster children.

New Mexico Child Advocacy Networks is the nonprofit that organizes and facilitates the CASA volunteers. To find out more about serving as a CASA volunteer, visit www.nmcan.org/our-work/new-mexico-casa-network.                              ]]>
<![CDATA[An Overview of the WWP Annual Alumni Survery                             ]]>Mon, 31 Aug 2015 23:11:27 GMThttp://rancemiles.weebly.com/blog/an-overview-of-the-wwp-annual-alumni-surveryFor nearly two decades, Rance C. Miles has worked as chief financial officer and chief operating officer at Quality Milk Sales in Artesia, New Mexico. Outside of his professional activities Rance C. Miles spends his time contributing to charitable organizations such as the Wounded Warrior Project (WWP).

For the last five years, WWP has reached out to its membership to gather valuable information that allows the organization to improve its services and establish new, beneficial programs. The annual Alumni Survey has provided WWP with information ranging from common fears and issues veterans face after returning to their home country following combat to what kinds of physical and mental ailments prevent veterans from seeking regular employment.

For example, 7 percent of the 21,120-person membership has incurred injuries so severe that they have been left permanently housebound. Meanwhile, 75 percent of WWP alumni have yet to acquire a bachelor’s degree or comparable achievement, further limiting employment opportunities. For more information on the WWP Alumni Survey, visit the organization online at www.woundedwarriorproject.org. ]]>
<![CDATA[2012 and 2014 Masters Champion Bubba Watson]]>Sun, 23 Aug 2015 04:26:06 GMThttp://rancemiles.weebly.com/blog/2012-and-2014-masters-champion-bubba-watsonRance C. Miles works as chief operating officer and chief financial officer for Quality Milk Sales based in Artesia, New Mexico. When he is not at the company, Rance C. Miles enjoys following professional golf, particularly his favorite player, Bubba Watson.

Over the course of his career as a professional golfer, Bubba Watson has won twice at The Masters, the sport’s pinnacle event. His first victory came in 2012. Peter Hanson led the field entering the final round of play while Watson sat in third place at six under par. After a strong back nine, Watson found himself tied for first with one of his playing partners, Louis Oosthuizen. The two tied on the first sudden-death hole before Watson managed to edge out a close victory on the downhill 10th, securing his first major Masters win and the world No. 4 ranking.

Bubba Watson earned his second Masters trophy in similarly dramatic fashion. At the 2014 tournament, he began the final round of play tied for first with his playing partner for the day, Jordan Spieth. Spieth took an early two-stroke lead until Watson seized momentum on the fifth hole, turning the deficit into a two-stroke advantage in just two holes. Watson ended the tournament eight under par, winning his second Masters by three strokes.]]>
<![CDATA[CASA - Organizing Community Events for Foster Children ]]>Wed, 22 Jul 2015 23:33:55 GMThttp://rancemiles.weebly.com/blog/casa-organizing-community-events-for-foster-childrenNew Mexico business executive Rance C. Miles maintains a strong community presence and supports several charities in his local community. Among the nonprofits Rance C. Miles supports is Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) for Children.

CASA coordinates the work of citizen-volunteers who advocate in court on behalf of children who have been neglected or abused. The ultimate goal is to ensure that children are successfully placed in caring permanent homes.

CASA’s activities extend to supplying holiday gifts to foster children and organizing fun days out. In June, 2014, CASA of Northwest Arkansas teamed up with the national organization in passing out thousands of toys in an afternoon of fun with Toy Industry Foundation sponsorship. The event was described by the National CASA Strategic Giving Director as bringing “a lot of hope and joy” to children who had experienced tough lives. The play date demonstrated that the community cared about the foster children and was supporting their efforts to build new, positive lives. 
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<![CDATA[CASA to Hold 2015 National Conference in New Orleans]]>Tue, 21 Apr 2015 05:44:06 GMThttp://rancemiles.weebly.com/blog/casa-to-hold-2015-national-conference-in-new-orleansAn experienced dairy industry executive, Rance Miles has led Quality Milk Sales in Artesia, New Mexico, since 1997. In addition to managing Quality Milk Sales, Rance Miles supports organizations such as the National Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) Association, a group that assists and supports court-appointed volunteer advocates in their work serving children affected by abuse.

As a component of its education and training offerings, CASA holds a number of webinars and in-person events at locations throughout the United States. The organization is currently busy planning the 2015 National CASA Conference, which will take place May 30-June 2 at the Sheraton New Orleans in New Orleans, Louisiana.

The upcoming event will explore the theme Bold Strategies - Better Outcomes for Children through more than 60 workshops on a variety of topics, including fundraising, effective governance, and public policy. In addition to the over 1,200 CASA volunteers expected to be in attendance, the conference will host a large group of faculty and speakers that will include Tavis Smiley, a nationally recognized TV host, author, and social advocate.

Registration for the 2015 National CASA Conference is now open. Additional information and registration details can be found at www.casaforchildren.org.                              ]]>
<![CDATA[Benjamin Franklin’s Entrepreneurship ]]>Sun, 12 Apr 2015 03:48:47 GMThttp://rancemiles.weebly.com/blog/benjamin-franklins-entrepreneurshipThe COO and CFO of Continental Dairy Products, Incorporated, Rance Miles is a history buff. More specifically, Rance Miles is interested in the history of significant economic events and also in the stories of prominent business figures like Benjamin Franklin.

A scientist, a writer, an inventor, and a diplomat, Benjamin Franklin was also a brilliant business strategist and, arguably, America’s first entrepreneur. Franklin’s first business venture was a printing company in Philadelphia. Despite his youth, he was incredibly diligent and this led to the success of his printing business, even garnering contracts from the government.

In 1729, at the age of 20, Franklin had such a good reputation as a businessman that he managed to gather enough investors to acquire The Pennsylvania Gazette, a local newspaper. His contribution to the Gazette was not limited to making executive decisions; he also contributed various articles under different pen names. Ben Franklin’s skill as an inventor also influenced his career in business: in 1742, six years before he retired from business, he invented the Franklin Stove, which effectively radiated heat from the center of the room.]]>
<![CDATA[Improbable Birdie on the PGA Tour                       ]]>Thu, 02 Apr 2015 07:13:50 GMThttp://rancemiles.weebly.com/blog/improbable-birdie-on-the-pga-tourRance Miles, a dairy industry executive, enjoys a variety of active hobbies in his free time. An avid golfer, Rance Miles closely follows professional golf.

On the first day of the Valero Texas Open, Australian golfer Aaron Baddeley took a swing at his tee shot. The ball pulled to the left and hit the ground out of bounds, so Baddeley returned to the tee for a second shot. Standing 336 yards away from the hole, he struck the ball and sent it sailing straight through the air. He initially walked away from the tee to follow his ball, unaware that he had struck a birdie. When he heard a cheer rise up from the crowd, he knew then what had happened.

Had Baddeley not hit his first shot out of bounds, he would have received an extremely rare double eagle on that particular par-four hole. So far, only one PGA golfer, Andrew McGee, has achieved a hole-in-one in the history of the PGA tour. Baddeley still celebrated his near-ace, however, and finished the course with a four-under score of 68.                             ]]>
<![CDATA[Core Power Dairy-based Lactose-free Sports Recovery Shakes]]>Fri, 06 Mar 2015 06:29:45 GMThttp://rancemiles.weebly.com/blog/core-power-dairy-based-lactose-free-sports-recovery-shakesAs the COO and CFO of Select Milk Products, a cooperative of major milk producers headquartered in Artesia, New Mexico, Rance Miles oversees the operations of 87 family-owned dairies in New Mexico, Texas, and the Midwest. The collective produces more than 6 billion pounds of fresh milk annually, as well as cheeses, dry milk, and other milk products. Rance Miles also guides the cooperative’s involvement in new areas, such as the production and marketing of Core Power, a dairy-based sports protein drink.

The Select Milk Products operation in Dexter, New Mexico, makes Core Power, a high-protein, lactose-free dairy sports shake made of milk and honey. It is more suitable as a sports recovery drink rather than a hydration beverage, because its high levels of milk proteins help muscles recover after strenuous exercise. In addition, the honey boosts athletic performance and diminishes muscle fatigue.

Core Power is available in single-serving, 11.5-ounce bottles containing 26 grams of protein in vanilla, chocolate, or banana flavors. In addition, a reduced-calorie serving containing 20 grams of protein is also available in chocolate and strawberry-banana flavors. The shakes provide a healthful and tasty alternative to chalky-tasting powdered protein drinks.

Until late 2012, Core Power was available only in a limited market area in and around Albuquerque. Select Milk Products then signed an agreement with the Coca-Cola Company that widened the distribution range to nearly everywhere Coke products are available. Further information about the shakes and their distribution is available at the brand’s website www.corepower.com.
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<![CDATA[Freshwater Lake Fishing Techniques                             ]]>Thu, 22 Jan 2015 04:43:29 GMThttp://rancemiles.weebly.com/blog/freshwater-lake-fishing-techniquesAn experienced leader within the dairy industry, Rance Miles is the COO and CFO of Quality Milk Sales and holds board positions at various other companies. In his free time, Rance Miles enjoys a wide range of hobbies, including fishing.

Regardless of the type of fish you are fishing for there are several techniques that make freshwater lake fishing more successful. Fish are fond of specific temperatures, and generally enjoy spending time in inlets and outlets where the water is cooler. They are also frequently found in the areas where the lake goes from shallow to deep. Weeded areas, specifically those that lead to deeper water, are very popular hiding spots for large fish in freshwater lakes, especially largemouth bass and northern pike.

Some other freshwater lake fishing techniques include casting close to the shoreline, fishing during sunrise, and using shiny fishing lures. Paying attention to the wind while you are fishing also helps with finding the perfect catch. On windy days, smaller fish are often pushed closer to shore, meaning the big fish will follow them so they can feed. Following the drift lines on the lake’s surface serves as a guide to various fish clusters.]]>
<![CDATA[WWP Promotes Emotional Healing with Project Odyssey ]]>Wed, 07 Jan 2015 03:37:59 GMThttp://rancemiles.weebly.com/blog/wwp-promotes-emotional-healing-with-project-odysseyDairy industry executive Rance Miles serves as COO and CFO of Quality Milk Sales, an Artesia, New Mexico, firm that operates such leading dairy producers as Select Milk Producers, Inc., and Southwest Cheese. Outside of his professional responsibilities, Rance Miles supports the wider community as an active member of the Wounded Warriors Project (WWP).

The Wounded Warriors Project advocates for wounded United States veterans and service members via several supportive initiatives. The organization strives to not only provide direct support to injured service members, but also works to promote advocacy and understanding within the military and the public as a whole.

Encouraging economic empowerment, whole-body health, and overall success, WWP’s numerous programs include Project Odyssey. Inspired by the Greek epic poem, which recounts a hero’s trials on his arduous journey home, the rehabilitative program uses outdoor recreation to help service members manage combat stress. Through activities including whitewater rafting, horseback riding, fishing, and rock climbing, Project Odyssey aims to improve participants’ overall mental outlook in a supportive, enriching environment.

WWP offers multiple unique iterations of Project Odyssey. The regional program comprises a 5-day event spent with warriors from the local area, while Project Odyssey: International allows active duty service members to begin the program at Landstuhl Regional Medical Center, Germany, before returning home. Additionally, Couples Project Odyssey provides an opportunity for significant others to work together to overcome emotional obstacles on a 5-day couples retreat. ]]>