meet our vp of business development

If you’ve done any work with thirdstream, there’s a good chance that Rachel Milan was the first person you talked to. If you have, you’ll know that being in a conversation with Rachel makes you feel you’re chatting with a friend and ally. She’s funny, smart and really gets to the heart of what our credit union clients need.

As our Vice President of Business Development, Rachel works closely with clients and our creative and technology teams to deliver results. Whether you’re looking for a unique one-off campaign, a whole year of marketing, a website or banking software, Rachel will understand what you need and will guide our team in providing it for you. Forging new relationships and looking for the opportunity to work on win-win projects is at the core of what Rachel does for thirdstream everyday.

Among the highlights of her career (so far) was the chance to participant in the World Council of Credit Unions’ Young Leaders Program (WYCUP), Rachel had the opportunity to engage with the international credit union community, an experience she calls invaluable.  Outside of the office, Rachel’s interests are family, blogging and kickboxing. She’s also big on LinkedIn. You can find her here.

Here are some other cool Rachel facts.

When did you join the thirdstream team?
September 2010.

What is your role with thirdstream?
My role is to help each client feel like they are the only one we have. As someone who has worked in the credit union system, I try to bring that understanding and knowledge to both our team and our work so that the true voice of the credit union is at the heart of all we create.

What appeals to you the most about the work you do with thirdstream?
Being part of a team that delivers significant results and innovations for credit unions is inspiring. I know that everything we create for our clients will help them grow their business. I also love moving a client’s challenge to an opportunity and being part of the team that sees that transformation. We are a fun and whacky bunch!

In 1-2 sentences, what do you appreciate the most about being part of this team?
I appreciate most that we can all be ourselves and not worry about keeping up appearances.  This team knows me better than some of my family and they still want to work with me!

We are a very real team, raw with talent, emotion, passion and respect for one another (and this awesome company that asked “What if we just serve credit unions?”)

Anything else?
I was very fortunate to represent Canadian Credit Unions in Hong Kong and Barcelona through the World Council of Credit Unions’ Young Leaders Program (WYCUP). I value the connections that I have made throughout my time in the co-operative system. As a family, we try to support co-operatives wherever we can, right down to the butter on our table

Now for the fun stuff

Born
July 24. It’s my birthday 24-7!

Raised
In Hammertown – Hamilton. Oskee Wee Wee!

Grew up in which decade
The 80s, like totally.

Biggest musical (or other) influence when you were growing up
U2, Madonna, Paul Simon (yep), The Cosby Show.

Favourite tune/band on your ipod right now
Anything that encourages dance moves for no reason at all.

Family you’d like to mention? (kids, spouse, etc.)
My hubby and I just celebrated our 15 year anniversary by having a baby 11 years after our last. Two dapper boys are helping to take care of their little Pisces sister who will be one in March.

You’re happiest when
There is a thunder storm.

Other Hobbies/Interests
I’ve become a blogger recently, I love to write. I’m also into kickboxing and volleyball.

Favourite Beverage
Anything without an umbrella.

Greatest inspiration
My daughter. If she found her way into this world, anything is possible.

Greatest achievement (so far)
Kicking breast cancer’s a$# with a newborn in tow.

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