It’s not every day that a leader in the agriculture industry decides to start his own TV show, but that’s what Rodney Miller did! Rodney grew up on a farm in southern Illinois and worked his way up to become the CEO of McCormick Tractors and CEO of Montana Tractors.
Currently, Rodney still farms in Illinois, and also is the president of a successful agritourism business in a suburb of Atlanta.
Rodney’s goal is to produce a show that reminds us how great our country is – telling the stories of Americans overcoming substantial odds and showcasing those who are giving back.
As a child, Jann Carl spent a lot of time around agriculture – her grandparents owned and operated a dairy farm and her father worked for John Deere for 30 years. It’s her childhood experience that encouraged her to reach out to Rodney after watching Small Town Big Deal, and it’s the inspirational stories from people all across America that help to make the show a growing success.
In Jann’s words, “Small Town Big Deal is the show I’ve wanted to host and produce my entire life. Audiences are hungry for positive, uplifting TV that is also entertaining. Inspirational stories of people and communities are so often not told by conventional television outlets, and that’s what Small Town Big Deal is all about!”
Best known for her 14 years at Entertainment Tonight (ET), Jann has built a distinguished career in television that includes three EMMY AWARDS. She also co-hosted several red carpet events and the Roses Parade on CBS & HGTV. After ET, Jann founded a television production company and produced a series for the history channel.