Managing Partner - Los Angeles
Craig Vaughan is the managing partner of VCA. He has spent 19 years executing commercial and strategic transactions at the intersection of media and technology.
Senior Operations Advisors - Los Angeles
Keith Merrill is a Senior Advisor to Vaughan Capital Advisors. Keith’s focus includes optimizing the client service and transaction process through operations management and the use of technology. Keith has 19 years’ experience in managing complex, time-sensitive, transaction-oriented operations in senior executive positions at Ybrant Digital, Clear Compass Digital, Universal Studios and Universal Music. His transaction experience includes managing over $400 million of design and engineering contracts for the $2.1 billion Universal Studios Japan (“USJ”) project. Keith also served as the Global Manager for Universal Music Group IT services managing relationships with Equant, Oracle, British Telecom, and AT&T.
Keith graduated with a B.S. in Communications from Bridgewater State University. He, his wife, two daughters and son reside in Los Angeles, CA.
Susan Casey Stone
Senior Advisor - Los Angeles
Susan is a senior transaction advisor at Vaughan Capital Advisors. She is the founder of Sierra Wasatch Capital (“SWC”), a venture capital firm investing in digital media start-ups in the Los Angeles area, and is on the board of directors of Iris.TV in LA, Thumzap in Tel Aviv and Ubiquitous Energy in Redwood City, CA. Prior to SWC, she managed venture capital investments for Los Angeles-based family office Riverhorse Investments, Inc., where she invested in the digital media and cleantech sectors.
Senior Advisor - Silicon Valley
Derek Peachey is a Senior Advisor to Vaughan Capital Advisors focusing on emerging digital content, advertising and distribution companies. Derek has over 14 years of experience in the digital content industry, including executive level positions at leading mobile solution providers Handango and July Systems. He previously served as Director of the Americas, Content & Software Aggregation at Nokia. He has signed and managed key partnerships with leading companies in the media, sports and entertainment sector including broadcasters, leagues and Derek is Managing Partner at Cathcart Ventures, LLC and Floodlight Digital. Past and present clients include Expedia, Sabre, Cars.com, the Semper Fi Fund, Everyday Health and National Geographic. Most recently, Derek positioned social media engagement platform Arktan for a successful exit with Janrain. Derek also maintains extensive international business development experience.
Derek graduated from Dickinson College with a BS in Geology and a minor in Economics. He also holds an MBA from the Neely School of Business at Texas Christian University. Derek currently serves on the Board of Governors of Blair Academy and is active in various charities. He and his wife and two sons reside in the San Francisco Bay Area.