SALT LAKE CITY — Utah's first lady of business is sharing some of her good fortune with the people who are helping to build her family's empire.
About 10,000 employees of the Larry H. Miller Group of Companies will be getting an extra $1,000 in their next paycheck courtesy of the owner and chairwoman, Gail Miller.
The company confirmed the gift authorization Thursday. David Blain, president of Saxton Horne Communications, the advertising and communications agency for the LHM Group, said the largesse is a token of Miller's gratitude toward the thousands of people who make the company so successful.
"Gail Miller took an opportunity to reward our front-end employees with a gesture of thanks," he explained. "Our vision for the company is to be the best place in town to work and the best place to do business. Because of their commitment to that vision, Gail wanted to reward the employees."
The LHM Group is comprised of more than 80 businesses operating in 46 states with over 10,000 employees and total assets valued at more than $2.6 billion — including 52 car dealerships.
The LHM Group joins a number of large corporations that have given back to its employee base in the wake of the new tax law passed by Congress in December. This year, scores of the nation's biggest companies — including Walmart and Walt Disney — have bestowed tax-cut windfalls on workers, primarily in the form of one-time bonuses as well as salary increases and retirement plan matches.
Blain said Miller believes it's "the right thing to do."
"As we say in the company, 'It's who we are,'" he added.
He said the company strives to build an environment where people want to work and enjoy being a part of the organization.
"We have an incredible group of employees that are dedicated and hard-working," Blain said. "I know Gail feels that way."
Miller greatly appreciates the individuals that make up the workforce of all of the LHM companies, he added.
"She really cares. She's not disconnected. She's not out of touch," he said. "She knows what's going on and knows this was the right thing to do."
Some of the many LHM companies include the Larry H. Miller Dealerships, Vivint Smart Home Arena, Utah Jazz, Salt Lake Bees, Saxton Horne Communications, Salt Lake City Stars, Megaplex Theatres, the Zone Sports Network, Prestige Financial, Total Care Auto, Jordan Commons, Larry H. Miller Real Estate and Tour of Utah.