Daniel Van Der Vliet

Executive Director of the Smith Family Business Initiative at Cornell University

Daniel G. Van Der Vliet is the Executive Director of the Smith Family Business Initiative at Cornell University. He is a 2010 graduate of the Master of Education Interdisciplinary Studies program at the University of Vermont and a 2001 graduate of the University of Vermont with a B.S. in Natural Resources. As Director of The Family Business Initiative at UVM from 2003 through 2014, Dann worked with owners and their successors to find solutions that worked for both family and business. He designed and developed the Leading and Managing the Family and Closely Held Business course at the University of Vermont. In January of 2013, he was part of the team that launched and funded first ever Global Family Enterprise Case Competition with 16 teams from 9 countries.

Previously, as Director of the Vermont Business Center from 2004-2008, Dann oversaw the launch and growth of the executive education curriculum and management development seminars at UVM in addition to establishing custom training opportunities offered by the University of Vermont School of Business. Dann currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Green Mountain Club, and has served on the Board of Directors for the Family Enterprise Research Conference, the Board of Advisors for the Family Business Wiki, the Board of Corporators for the Northfield Savings Bank, the Board of Trustees for the Birds of Vermont Museum, is the co-founder of the Vermont Gear Swap & Sale and is past President and active member of the Burlington Sunrise Rotary Club.