Van is active in academia, business, and public policy. Prior to his role at Portside, he cofounded and subsequently sold a registered investment advisor, DOMO Capital, and has formerly served as an independent director for Commerce State Bank and Commerce Financial Holdings, Inc. In addition to Portside Investment Advisors, he serves as Associate Professor of History & Economics at Concordia University Wisconsin, where he holds an appointment in both the School of Arts & Sciences and the School of Business. Van has also been elected to three terms as the Village President of Thiensville, Wisconsin, where he still serves as the chief executive officer of one of the few debt free, self-governing municipalities in the entire country.
Van’s insight into the global political, economic, and military environment is widely recognized, and he is featured regularly in the media, including international and national TV and radio outlets such as the BBC, NPR, and Newsmax as well as local outlets such as the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, TMJ Radio, and the Ozaukee News Graphic.
Van earned a Ph.D. from University of Wisconsin-Madison, a BA from Vanderbilt University, and has been a fellow at the United States Military Academy.