Graham Executive-in-Residence
Tyler Vaughey, C'95
“From the Mountain to Manhattan:  My Unexpected Journey Leading Organizations in the Financial Services Industry,”
4:30 p.m., Tuesday, Sept. 19, 2023
Torian Room, duPont Library

Mr. Vaughey, C’95, Senior Vice President, Sales and Customer Development for Capital One, will be the Babson Center’s Graham Executive-in-Residence for the 2023 Advent semester. He will share the compelling story of his career path from an English major to a Fortune 100 executive with extensive global and cross-cultural management responsibilities and perspectives.

While on campus, Mr. Vaughey will deliver a presentation, “From the Mountain to Manhattan: My Unexpected Journey Leading Organizations in the Financial Services Industry,” at 4:30 p.m., Tuesday, Sept. 19, in the Torian Room at duPont Library. 

When Mr. Vaughey joined Capital One in July 2022, he brought 20 years of experience in sales and marketing in recurring revenue businesses. He is known for his leadership skills that build and sustain strong teams and drive growth through strategic business partnerships. His expertise in organizational management has increased corporate revenue and sales, particularly in the small and midsize business (SMB) space, and exponentially expanded his customer base throughout the world.

Prior to his role at Capital One, Tyler was the Chief Revenue Officer at Papaya Global, a company that enables businesses to pay and manage their international workforce.

After earning a master of business administration degree from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University, Mr. Vaughey began his career in marketing at American Express in New York City. He spent the next 19 years in a succession of leadership roles in different disciplines and business units. His last role was senior vice president, U.S. small merchants and global merchant services.

At Sewanee, Tyler developed a variety of valuable skills, most importantly, communication. He said, “In my mind, being an effective communicator, in oral and written forms, is the most critical ingredient for being successful in leadership roles. I would venture to say that the criticality of communication skills extends to almost any type of profession. There is no doubt that my English degree helped to fuel my career.” 

Mr. Vaughey was a recipient of the 2019 University of the South EQB Awards, recognizing outstanding individuals in their communities and in their service to the University. Tyler’s drive and determination were key to his success at Sewanee, not only academically, but also on the tennis courts. He was a member of the 1993 men’s varsity team that finished top ten in the nation and was inducted into the Hall of Fame. Director of Athletics John Shackelford remembers Tyler as “a tough competitor, smart, and a great leader among his peers.”

While on campus, Mr. Vaughey looks forward to meeting with students as well as attending a marketing class. This visit is co-sponsored by the Babson Center for Global Commerce, the Department of Economics, and the Department of Finance. The Graham Executive-in-Residence program is made possible by a generous gift from Diane and Henry H. Graham Jr.

All are welcome.