Renowned TV presenter and entrepreneur Rachel Vella is the director and driving force of ROCS Group, a family company that has enjoyed a forty-year legacy in Malta. Having grown up in a business-oriented environment through her father’s restaurant, Rachel very quickly became drawn to entrepreneurship after a short stint as a PE teacher.
In 1994, ROCS extended its empire through an insurance and investment company, but Rachel’s natural drive also led this to its own travel division and a media company entitled Timeline Entertainment. This of course gave birth to Rachel’s ever popular Tista’ Tkun Int, with the lady herself presenting the programme for a seven-year stretch.
Photo credit: Brian Grech
After sailing through the global recession of 2007/2008, Rachel then ventured into the cosmetics and beauty market. Through ROCS retail, she then invested in Inglot Malta, a branch that also provides a global training programme that helps international cosmetic professionals learn about store management, sales techniques and marketing campaigns. Inglot Malta also provided Rachel with an ideal platform to launch her own fragrance, My Secret in 2008.
Date of Birth: – 10th May, 1972
Star Sign: Taurus
Occupation: ROCS Media Director
Poster from Tista’ Tkun Int! Photo credit: Brian Grech
How did you get your idea and concept for the business?
It depends on which part of the business you’re referring to. Many a time, a concept or an idea develops across a period of time, initially as a simple hypothetical hint, and then it eventually grows into a tangible reality through the input of all those forming part of the ROCS brand. We’re lucky enough to be part of a team whereby simple ideas become reality within a relatively short period of time.
To what or whom do you attribute your success?
To my upbringing, to my parents and to my formidable team who’s made up of so many dedicated professionals who are born ROCS climbers, not people who need ladders.
If you had one piece of advice to someone just starting out, what would it be?
The same advice my dad has given me over and over again – a job worth doing is worth doing well!
Photo credit: Brian Grech
Can you talk us through a typical day in your life?
It’s usually a 6am wake up call for email reviewing. At 7am, I prepare the kids for school and get them there at 8am. I’m at the office by 9.30am for various meetings, reviews and negotiations, and I eventually get back home at 7pm to spend time with the kids. I put them to bed at 8.30pm and reply to emails at around 10pm, and go to bed at around 2am!
How do you juggle your personal and professional life?