CEO, Nashville Fashion Alliance
Since 2013, Van has led Nashville's fashion industry through the organizational process through a collaborative, organic approach, working with over 150 fashion brands and advisors.
The Franklin, Tennessee, native began her career in banking and financial services career as a teller in 1976. She worked at Bank of America for nearly two decades, developing and executing new initiatives. Van and her teams developed the first captive markets business program, and she led the first national entertainment industry team for BOA. She was a co-founder of Avenue Bank as Chief Creative Officer until 2008, responsible for the development of the brand, and the entertainment industry focus.
Connection and servant leadership are hallmark characteristics. She is a mentor at The Entrepreneur Center and the Arts & Business Council’s Periscope Program. Van has served on many community boards from the Girl Scouts to the Nashville Symphony Orchestra. She was president of Leadership Music in 2005-2006, and a founding member of several organizations including the Americana Music Association, Tennessee Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts, and the Arts & Business Council.
Van received her MBA in 1996 from The Owen School of Management at Vanderbilt University. She is a Myers Briggs Certified Master Practitioner who consults with start-ups to Fortune 100 companies to customize leadership development initiatives tailored to the individual’s personality and company’s objectives.
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