Realtor Karla Miller hails from the closest thing to royalty Texas can claim – a land-grant family. Karla's great-great-great-great grandfather soldiered in the Texas Revolution of 1835 and was rewarded with acreage in east Texas. The land remained in the family and became the ranch where she grew up. I was always on horseback, training and competing, Karla remembers. It was a wonderful way to grow up.
In her early 20s, Karla moved to Houston to work as a model for Neiman Marcus. She soon transitioned into investment banking, taking an entry-level position with Schneider Bernet and Hickman, an investment banking firm based in Dallas. By age 22, she had earned her license to trade securities and moved to Shearson Lehman Brothers where she traded interest-rate futures for regional Texas banks. She worked as an investment banker for 10 years and finished her career at Smith Barney.
Along the way, Karla married and raised two sons and a daughter, bought a small farm in Austin County and ran a horsebreeding operation, and threw herself into hosting large political fund-raisers.
Seeking to combine her financial acumen and love for architecture and houses, Karla obtained her Texas real estate license in 2013. She represents buyers and sellers of all ages and price ranges throughout Houston to sell and purchase historical properties, Gulf Coast condominiums and homes, country ranches, and city properties.
For many years, Karla was a dedicated and influential volunteer, devoting considerable time and resources to supporting Special Olympics athletes and coaches as well as Triumph Over Kids Cancer (TOKC). As a Realtor, her schedule is a busy one but, whenever she can, Karla heads for the farm or the Texas coast to fish and kayak.