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 US fine wine business.
Rob's banking career started in 1981 and he has worked in Silicon Valley Bank since 1990. During that time he has moved though roles of increasing responsibility including a term on Silicon Valley Bank's Managing Committee.
Today Rob supports Silicon Valley Bank’s continuing growth and success in the Wine Business by assisting the Division's clients and relationship managers in shaping their views of the wine business, sharing his own industry experience, and providing ideas and solutions. 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 wine 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 highly regarded 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 local and international speaking circuit. In his copious free time he pens opinion pieces on his blog, SVB on Wine. Among other accolades, Rob has twice been been 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.
Rob is the father of two, enjoys the outdoors, travel, and takes any opportunity to play percussion and drums in live settings. He is the drummer in the Bank's Band; The Exploding Warrants.