Brian Van Hook
Brian Van Hook is Regional Director of Florida SBDC at Florida International University (FIU).
Florida SBDC at FIU has a team of business specialists who have worked one-on-one to help Miami-Dade and Florida Keys businesses weather the pandemic. Between 2020 and January 15, 2022 FSBDC at FIU consultants have assisted over 3,500 businesses impacted by COVID-19. During this time, SBDC consultants have secured $200.6 million in capital and $98 million in government contracts for clients. Lastly, the FSBDC at FIU also helped launch 169 new businesses in the midst of the pandemic.
Prior to joining FIU, Brian was Policy Director of the U.S. Senate Committee on Small Business & Entrepreneurship, where he oversaw research and legislative activities. Previously, he served as legislative assistant to U.S. Senator Mary Landrieu, advising her on issues related to disaster recovery, economic development, and international trade. A native of Louisiana, Brian, has over almost seventeen years of experience with disaster recovery and business continuity. In these roles, Van Hook has assisted businesses recovering from such disasters as Hurricane Katrina, Hurricane Sandy, Midwest tornadoes, and the BP oil spill.
Brian received his M.S. in International Affairs from Florida State University and his B.A. from Louisiana State University. He is a certified Business Continuity Professional.