Empathy with Audrey Miller

Empathy is defined as the ability to understand and share the feelings of another. This looks like standing in someone else’s shoes, feeling with his or her heart and seeing with his or her eyes.

I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” Maya Angelou

“Nobody cares how much you know, until they know how much you care.” Theodore Roosevelt

Audrey Leeds Miller, is currently Co-founder and GM of Cottage Connection of Maine, Inc., Designer and Owner of Maine Tile Connection, Inc., and Founding President of The Vacation Rental Professionals of Maine, Inc.

In 2013 when she found out that there was new legislation in the works that could put excessive regulations on vacation rentals here in Maine, she stepped up and helped create the Vacation Rental Professionals of Maine, Inc. (VRPOMe) to help fight this legislation.  This group of Maine Vacation Rental Professionals pays a lobbyist and has become the voice of vacation rentals in Maine with a goal of making sure that any regulation in Maine is reasonable.  Audrey was the first recipient of the “Dirigo Award” (Dirigo is the Maine State Motto and is the latin word for “I Lead” ) from the Board of Directors of VRPOMe.  A great honor from her peers.

Audrey’s motivation for the work she does is based on her determination to help people solve problems with kindness and empathy toward others. She grew up in Maine, starting on her grandparent’s dairy farm and guest house in Waterford, Maine when she was 5 years old.  Her grandparents, Senator Harold S. and June Jillson Pike, instilled in her a set of values that included hard work, civic duty, community service and hospitality.  Audrey’s mother, Esther Pike Leeds Mitchell of Wiscasset, raised her and her brother, Loring Leeds, as a single mother and a well-loved high school home economics teacher of 25 years to be hard-working, independent, kind and resourceful.

Audrey is the face of Cottage Connection and works hard to keep on top of the huge changes taking place in the industry.

Prior to starting on her journey of entrepreneurship, Audrey spent 12 years in upstate New York and northern California building a successful career in sales and marketing with companies that included Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co., Jasmine Technologies, Systems Control Technology in Palo Alto, CA and IDG. She is a graduate of Wells College.

Audrey and Jeffrey H. Miller created Boothbay Cottage Connection in 1993 and married in 1994. They have 1 daughter, Alexis.  They both share a common goal of enjoying life while earning a living in a place they love.

Favorite snack is a fruit and cheese plate with a baguette.

Featured in “Getting Away Together – Boothbay Harbor Region, Maine” https://vimeo.com/328682044?ref=em-share

Music-“Homesick” Copyright 2018. Written by Shireen Amini. Produced by Shireen Amini and Mike Davidson of Plaid Dog Recording (Boston, MA)

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