In 1970 Van started his business career in Northern California, as a Certified Public Accountant. After more than a decade as a partner in a CPA firm, Van became president and CEO of a wholesale ophthalmic lab, a position which he maintained through two successive owners of the company.

In 2008, Van joined the Living Forest Communities team with responsibility for financial reporting and accounting. Van provides experienced overview of budget assumptions and undertakes on-going sensitivity analyses for the Elkington Forest pro forma.  Van works closely with the auditors on annual financial statements and tax forms.