Meet Rebecka, Marketing Coordinator at SACC-Seattle’s Founding Member Hilleberg the Tentmaker. Her connection with SACC brought a real life #saccess.
A passionate Swedish fashion designer with experience from big Seattle brands like Tommy Bahama and Eddie Bauer, Rebecka Churchill was always well-versed within her industry’s business community. It was fairly recently, however, that she made contact with SACC and decided to build on her networking skills in a different setting. Little did she know that her decision would propel her career in a new, exciting direction only a couple of years later.
How did you first get involved with SACC?
I first heard about the organization through the local chapter of SWEA. I went to a few events that were co-hosted with SACC, one of which was held at Hilleberg the Tentmaker. I really enjoyed the opportunity to network across industries in a professional setting. At the next annual meeting I decided to join the chamber and at the same time accepted a position on the board. I have since served as Membership Director and Branding & Marketing Director. It’s been a fantastic ride – I’ve learned so much about what it means to serve on a board, and how to make the most out of the dynamic business community we have here in Seattle.
What do you want people to know about the SACC network?
It doesn’t take a lot of time or energy to get involved. We all lead busy lives, but attending an event here and there goes a long way when it comes to maintaining and adding to your network – both socially and professionally. I also wish people knew how immensely large the SACC network is; a membership gives you access to twenty chambers across the US, and thousands of Swedish professionals in so many industries. SACC has given me plenty of opportunities to connect with the diverse Swedish resources that exist in the US, meet new, interesting people of all ages and backgrounds, and in fact – it’s also given me the chance to try a whole new career path.
SACC led you to a new calling?
Indeed. I was applying for jobs in design when I spoke with Petra Hilleberg, CEO of Hilleberg the Tentmaker and Vice President of SACC-Seattle, and it turned out they were looking for a Marketing Coordinator. It was one of those “aha” moments – it felt like the perfect chance to apply my creative background within a Swedish-owned high quality brand. If it weren’t for SACC I never would have known about the opportunity, and having served on the board with Petra, I had been able to demonstrate my skills and build that trustworthiness that’s so important when hiring someone new. Plus, I’ve always loved being outdoors, so marketing the world’s best tents fits me very well!
Photos by SACC-Seattle