President and Chief Executive Officer
Robert Miller is President and Chief Executive Officer for Vermont State Employees Credit Union VSECU, a member-owned, not-for-profit, and democratically-controlled financial cooperative for everybody who lives or works in Vermont. VSECU currently serves more than 60,000 member-owners through nine branch locations and employs over 170 employees. Total assets are in excess of $700 million.
With cooperation at its core, VSECU strives to bring people together in diversified ways to create greater financial, environmental, and social prosperity for its members and their communities. To support entrepreneurship, the credit union advocates and supports co-working spaces to work collaboratively and think innovatively to solve problems and create new opportunities. VSECU currently powers one such hub, The Lightning Jar, inside one of its financial branches. VSECU created Co-Op Capital, a program where a portion of its capital is redirected to make investments in other cooperatives, to create and sustain more shared economies. And VSECU was recognized by the U.S. Credit Union Journal as being one of the seven top stories of the year when it invested in an equity crowdfunding platform called Milk Money Vermont to support start-ups and bring greater value to the local economy in Vermont. Most recently, VSECU partnered with Vermont Works, and independent investment manager supporting Vermont jobs and economic development through its efforts to create a $50 million social impact fund that will be invested in Vermont businesses.
Rob started his career with Citibank in New York and Chicago. He relocated to Vermont as a state employee and public servant and worked for the Vermont Department of Economic Development where he was ultimately appointed Commissioner by Governor Howard Dean.
Prior to joining VSECU, Rob spent over a decade in the institutional investment management industry in Vermont and Connecticut. He led Dwight Asset Management’s fixed income business development efforts targeting the pension, foundation, and endowment markets; then led their entry into the 3rd party insurance asset management space. Subsequently, Rob served as Head of Global Business Development for Conning, a leading global insurance asset manager with more than $90 billion in assets under management in 2014.
Rob currently serves on the Board of Directors for several non-profit organizations in areas of poverty alleviation - Capstone Community Action; renewable energy - Energy Action Network; and economic development - Vermont Council on Rural Development. Additionally, he recently joined the Advisory Board for the Sustainable Entrepreneurship MBA program at The University of Vermont School of Business.
Rob possesses a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the University of Vermont. He is a graduate of The Vermont Leadership Institute, a program of the Snelling Center for Government. He is currently working towards his Certified Chief Executive (CCE) designation through the Credit Union Executive Society (CUES). He resides in Shelburne, VT with his wife and 2 daughters. He enjoys spending time with family and friends, running, traveling, and discovering new experiences.
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