Rob McMillan is EVP and founder of Silicon Valley Bank’s Wine Division based in Saint Helena, California. Starting in 1992, he developed the division from the idea and start-up phase to the point where it’s now regarded as the leading and most connected provider of financial services to the U.S. fine wine business.
Rob’s banking career started in 1981 and he has worked in Silicon Valley Bank since 1990.
Today Rob supports Silicon Valley Bank’s continuing growth and success in the wine business by managing a deal team and assisting the division’s clients and bankers and sharing his own experience and views on the macro factors impacting the economy and the fine wine business. He helps improve the odds of success for the bank’s customers by presenting private interactive discussions on market trends to individual management teams within the Banks portfolio of clients.
Rob has published reports of varied and emerging trends to the wine industry. His views and perspectives are widely published in the trade press and in National news outlets. He has been a guest lecturer at numerous west coast Universities. He is author of the bank’s annual State of the Wine Industry Report. Rob’s perspectives regarding the direction, opportunities and threats in the Fine Wine business and National economy continue to keep him busy on the speaking circuit and in his weekly blog. He was named one of the Top 100 Most Influential People in the U.S. Wine Industry; the only banker to make the list.
Rob McMillan received a bachelor’s degree in Finance/economics from Sacramento State University and an MBA from Santa Clara University’s Leavey School of Business. He is affiliated with, and supports numerous charities and industry associations both in and outside of the wine industry. He has served on varied planning and steering committees for symposia in the wine industry, and in board capacities for a vintners association, business to business internet company, fine wine distributor, and a logistics and transportation firm.