Steve Van, president and CEO of Prism Hotels & Resorts, founded the Dallas-based company in 1983 He serves on a number of industry boards including the Hilton Doubletree Hotel Owner’s Advisory Council and served on the Starwood Hotels Owner’s Advisory Council for creation of Aloft Hotels. Steve earned his bachelor’s degree from The University of Texas, attended The University of Texas Law School and was admitted to the State Bar of Texas. He has served as the Assistant Attorney General of Texas and as a director of the Texas Turnpike Authority. Since 2008, he has been a founding director of AHMSA, a nonprofit based in Bogota, Columbia,to teach internal refugees entrepreneurial skills to lift their families out of poverty. AHMSA is now supported by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation along with the United Nations. Among many other accolades, Steve was the youngest Director of NATO’s U.S. Arm, the Atlantic Treaty Assembly, and was presented with the Vincentian Ethics Scholar Award in 2006 in recognition of his valuable contributions in fostering business ethics research. Steve is also the co-founder of the Texas Lyceum Association.