Daniel G. Van Der Vliet is the John and Dyan Smith Executive Director of the Smith Family Business Initiative (SFBI) at Cornell University. As the founding director of the SFBI, Daniel has guided the launch and growth of one of the leading educational centers for family business. He designed and developed the Leaders in Family Enterprise course, and he also teaches executives and next-generation leaders through the Cornell’s external education and eCornell programs. Under his tenure, the SFBI has developed the Cornell Case Competition for Family Ownership, the Mentors Forum, and the Family Innovations Summit. Cornell has been named as one of the “25 best schools for family business” by Family Capital in 2015.
As director of the Family Business Initiative at UVM from 2003 through 2014, Daniel worked with owners and their successors to find solutions that worked for both family and business. In January 2013, he was part of the team that launched and funded the first ever Global Family Enterprise Case Competition, with 16 teams from nine countries. Previously, as director of the Vermont Business Center from 2004 to 2008, Daniel led 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 Grossman School of Business at UVM.
Daniel received his MEd at the University of Vermont (UVM) in 2010 and his BS in Natural Resources in 2001, also from UVM. Daniel is a member of the Collaboration for Family Flourishing and an editor with familybusiness.org, the leading resource for family business research and information.