Mr. Van Fleet is an accomplished business development executive with decades of experience in assisting firms to build and grow their business, especially their international dimension. He has also started two of his own firms and advised multiple U.S. and foreign companies on strategy, market entry, financing, investment, corporate development and operations. He currently serves as the Managing Partner of Converge Ventures, LLC, a business development firm that leverages the contacts, expertise and proven strategies of its U.S. and foreign partners to accelerate the success and international expansion of companies and institutions worldwide.
In 2011 Van Fleet was the founder and executive director of Purdue University’s Global Business Engagement initiative, an innovative new program that harnessed University assets—e.g., alumni, technology, faculty, research parks, training, business services, relationships with foreign universities–to develop foreign business for Purdue researchers and services, Indiana firms and communities, while supporting Purdue’s learning and discovery missions. Managed programs in collaboration with multiple University colleges, services and strengths to generate concrete business results from globalization: new customers, partners, investors, research sponsors, and technology licensees.
Van Fleet served 20 years in senior positions at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the world’s largest business federation, including as Vice President for Asia, and Director of International Business Development. While at the Chamber, he Served as CEO of the ASEAN-U.S. Business Council, Director of Export, and designed and managed high technology business partnering initiatives with Thailand and Singapore, generating millions of dollars in new investment and trade.
A former U.S. Diplomat, Van Fleet served on the staff of the U.S. Embassy in Thailand before joining the Chamber. He left the Chamber to begin his own international consulting business in 2004, and moved to West Lafayette in 2008. He has been an advisor on international business to several Purdue colleges, centers, faculty and related companies. Van Fleet holds a BA degree from Princeton University and an MA from the University of Virginia.