Meet Daniel

Name: Daniel Connell

Your role: Senior Agribusiness Manager

Region: New South Wales

What’s your story?

I was born and raised in western New South Wales in a small town called Gulargambone. Throughout school and university I maintained a passion for agriculture that led me to join NAB as a graduate in their agriculture business unit back in 2002. Placements followed in Ayr, Innisfail, Coffs Harbour and Sydney. When I turned up in Ayr all I had was a swag and a bookcase and I had to borrow $100 so I could buy food until my first pay check.

Some roles were tough but I worked with some fantastic people, leaned on others and learnt many lesson like the meaning of the saying, “Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day, teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime.”

I found my way back into agriculture 10 years ago after stints in other roles across the bank. Throughout my time at NAB my wife has been extremely supportive, in fact she was the one who encouraged and backed me to apply for the NAB agriculture graduate role. A large part of my success can be attributed to her and I’m grateful for her ongoing support.

How have you made a difference?

I’ve supported some key clients on huge growth profiles by understanding their needs, understanding the risks, and giving them confidence that NAB is with them on their journey. This has included helping to make introductions into China for one of Australia’s/New Zealand’s largest infant formula players and providing capital to a food and beverage manufacturer. Witnessing our customers’ continuing success is unbelievably rewarding and provides me with great satisfaction and a desire to help back even more customers on their paths to success.

Just as important, I work with an awesome team and try to be inclusive, open and share as much of what I’ve learned as possible. Whether it’s sharing my knowledge on internal policy, credit appetite, industry, structuring, legal, best practice, life or putting my hand up to help when people are doing it tough.

What are you passionate about?

I am passionate about continually learning and growing; to help others and not take other people or things in Australian agriculture for granted – I want to work with some of the best agribusinesses in Australia. But the three Fs – family, fitness and footy is what it all comes down to for me…and of course, the occasional craft beer, though the beer does not help the fitness.

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