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Daniel Toohey


10 months in
November 2017 | By Daniel Toohey

Wow… where have the months gone? It feels like only yesterday that I finished my head office rotation and began my six month stint with the sales force in Shepparton, Victoria. For most, moving to a new office, starting with a new team and beginning a life in a new town would be somewhat daunting. However it was evident from day one that my colleagues in Shepparton and the North East region are an exceptional team who welcomed me into their lives and communities.

From the get go, I immersed myself into the roles and responsibilities that the Rural Bank sales force carry out on a day to day basis. Although this has been a steep learning curve at times, it’s been exciting, as I’m learning something new nearly every day.

For me though, balance is key. One of the best aspects about the sales rotation thus far has been the variety from one week to the next. From farm visits to property auctions, field days to dairy discussion group meetings: every week provides variety and the opportunity to meet many experienced and genuine people within the Ag industry.

On top of all this, in the last fortnight I’ve been fortunate enough to attend the Vic Nth East sales half yearly meet up in Milawa, Victoria. Here, I caught up with my current team, discussed the year to date and enjoyed a few rounds of bare foot bowls with the crew at the local Milawa bowls club.

Following this I had the opportunity to go to Sydney to meet the NSW and QLD team, who I’ll be working alongside in 2018 when I commence my next sales rotation in Wagga Wagga, NSW. It was a fantastic two days that not only included some great workshops, but it also gave me the opportunity to help coach and facilitate the banks resilience training program for my fellow colleagues which was a truly uplifting experience. And to top it all off, I still found a little opportunity to take in the sights of the big city.

I can’t wait to see what other amazing opportunities are to come and I’m excited to take them all in my stride.

Until next time....


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How time flies when you’re having fun
June 2017 | By Daniel Toohey

As part of the fifth generation of a proud farming family from Springbank in Victoria, you could say a love for agriculture is well and truly in my blood. Before commencing work with Rural Bank and Rural Finance, I completed a Bachelor of Science at the University of Melbourne, majoring in Agricultural Science. This showcased the huge potential Australia’s agribusiness sector has on the world stage. With a reassured sense of optimism regarding the developing agricultural industry, I was excited about beginning my working career with an organisation that both recognises this blossoming opportunity, and which is an avid supporter of Australian agriculture’s development both domestically and abroad.

In just over three months I have already been given a huge snapshot into the many different aspects and diverse roles held within the RB and RF business. I have been able to work alongside some of the experienced and passionate leaders within the organisation; the sales force, the property valuations team, the treasury and finance teams, and the ‘gate keepers’ or better known as credit. This has allowed me to develop my skills and knowledge, and hit the grown running from the outset. With each day comes a new experience, a new opportunity to learn, and countless questions, discussions and advice. This has all been the catalyst for piecing together and beginning to understand the Ag Finance business in its entirety.

Looking forward, I still have another two months based at head office in Bendigo. Going on my experience so far, I am very excited about what’s to come in the not so distant future. Stay tuned as I continue to showcase my experiences and development over the next year. This may inspire you to join this organisation that invests not only in its clients and Australian agriculture, but also its employees!


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