Human Resources


Say what you will about the benefits and pitfalls of being the boss’ daughter — Rachel Kahanec works hard to keep the firm on solid ground. “One of the things about working here that keeps me motivated is that my dad, John Eder, started this business right after I was born,” says Rachel Kahanec. “I have watched it grow and want to see it continue to succeed.”


Kahanec handles human resources and recruiting. “I really enjoy the college recruiting and building the Eder, Casella & Co team,” she says. “I took over this position from my mom in 2014, although I did get paid to shred paper here since I was a kid.”


Her Bachelors of Science in Psychology from Illinois State University and Masters from Adler University is an asset, according to managing partner Shelly Casella-Dercole. “This background definitely comes in handy when dealing with the ‘special kind of crazy’ we all are,” she jokes.


A sense of humor helps too — just ask Kahanec what her career highlight has been to this point. “Fixing the ice machine,” she says without hesitation. “Seriously, that was my first job when I started and I use that machine every day.”


As a recruiter for the firm, the married mother of two has a hand in maintaining the hard-working, yet fun, environment Eder, Casella & Co. is known for. “My favorite part of the job is going to the college career fairs to recruit interns and new full-time hires,” Kahanec says. “There is also a lot of support for employees. I’ve never felt like I’m bothering anyone when I have asked questions — that goes for not just the partners, but everyone on staff.”



Get to Know Rachel — Five Facts:


1. When I was a kid, I wanted to… “Take over my dad’s business — which is less funny now that I work for him.”


2. When I’m not at work, I enjoy… “Spending time with my family.”


3. My favorite famous quote is… “Be yourself, everyone else is already taken.” — Oscar Wilde


4. The word that best describes me… “Positive.”


5. If I wasn’t working at the firm, I’d be… “Is reading books and drinking wine a job?”



Connect with Rachel

Email:  rkahanec@edercasella.com

Direct:  815.331.8110


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