VAUGHN L. MCKOY, JD, MBA
An inner-city youth from Paterson “P-town” New Jersey, Vaughn L. McKoy is the youngest of six siblings and an impoverished single mom. Unlike his siblings and friends, he becomes convinced life has more to offer than drugs, gangs, and prison. Throughout grade school and high school, despite the lure of the streets and the shock and responsibility of becoming a teenage dad, he strives for athletic excellence, encouraged by baseball, basketball, and football coaches whose teachings are never solely about the game.
After being awarded a football scholarship to Rutgers University, Vaughn meets former alumnus, attorney, and business mogul Arthur Goldberg while lifting weights. Goldberg is featured not only in Nelson Johnson’s Boardwalk Empire, but more recently in The War at the Shore: Donald Trump, Steve Wynn, and the Epic War to Save Atlantic City by Richard D. Bronson. For the next ten years, “Mr. G.” weekly mentors Vaughn to pursue academic and professional success, through teachings of his own.
Under the mentorship of Mr. G., Vaughn continues his rise to professional achievement as an Assistant United States Attorney for the District of New Jersey, and today is an executive and lawyer representing his company as one of the sponsors for the upcoming 2014 Super Bowl.