Dan Behm founded OST in January 1997 along with Jim VanderMey. In the beginning, OST was a $5 million hardware sales company that depended heavily on one partner. Dan along with his team diversified OST, transforming it into an $160 million leader in the industry. Today, it’s an information technology company, with an award winning culture, driven by professional services.
After graduating with honors from Michigan State University’s Eli Broad School of Business with a BA degree in business administration, Dan began a career with IBM that lasted ten years. At IBM, he was Senior Buyer, Manufacturing Engineer, Systems Engineer, Advisory Sales Rep. Dan spent one year at IBM’s world-renowned marketing school for Sales Reps and Systems Engineers. He joined G/S Leasing Inc., where he was part of the leasing team for five years before birthing two technology companies and eventually OST.
Dan was presented with the E&Y Entrepreneur of The Year Award (for the technology category) for Michigan and Northern Ohio in 2011. In 2012 he was recipient of the Michigan 50 Companies to Watch Champion and was named the Grant Thornton Leader & Innovator of the Year in 2012 as well. Dan is passionate about the West Michigan community and seeks to give back in a number of different ways. He currently serves on the Board of Directors for the YMCA of Greater Grand Rapids, and as a Mentor for the Jandernoa Entrepreneurial Mentoring program.