Daniel Van Der Vliet, the John and Dyan Smith executive director of Family Business at Cornell University, will serve as a visiting scholar at St. Bonaventure University on Thursday, Nov. 10.
Van Der Vliet will teach the Family Business class, meet with the Family Business Club officers, and the SIMM students leading the Family Business SIMM Fund.
Van Der Vliet will also have a plenary talk open to the public at 11:30 a.m. in Swan Center 101.
Van Der Vliet was invited by Dr. Carol Wittmeyer, who teaches family business management as well as corporate and nonprofit strategy at the graduate and undergraduate levels at St. Bonaventure. She also advises the SBU Family Business Club.
“Family businesses have received an increasing amount of attention of late, and rightfully so. They dominate the global economy, from the corner store to the Fortune 500,” Wittmeyer said. “As publicly owned corporations grow larger, as political systems grow more fragile, and as uncertainty permeates through many corners of society, family businesses will continue to play a key role in building trust and providing essential services.”
This session will include recent research and relevant case studies to identify characteristics that make family businesses unique, amply positioned and ultimately well suited to tackle the challenges of the coming century, Wittmeyer said.
Founded in 2014 from a generous gift from John and Dyan Smith, the Smith Family Business Initiative is housed in the Cornell College of Business and provides education, networking and research for family business owners, successors and students from across the globe.
Previously, as director of the Family Business Initiative at the University of Vermont from 2003-2014, Van Der Vliet worked with owners and their successors to find solutions that work for both family and business. As founding director of the Vermont Business Center from 2004-2008, he oversaw the launch and growth of the executive education curriculum and management development seminars at Vermont in addition to establishing custom trainings offered by the University of Vermont School of Business.
Van Der Vliet is co-founder of the Global Family Enterprise Case Competition, the only competition dedicated entirely to family business. He serves on the Board of Directors for the Green Mountain Club, the steward of Vermont’s Long Trail, America’s first long-distance hiking trail, He is past president of the Burlington Sunrise Rotary Club.
Van Der Vliet’s visit is supported by the St. Bonaventure Visiting Scholars Committee and Betty Ramming, who donated to SBU’s business school in honor of her late husband, Allan Ramming, ’63, owner of Electro Abrasive Corp.
For more information, contact Wittmeyer at 716-375-2196 or firstname.lastname@example.org
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