Tilghman Payne
COPIA Associate

At a Glance:

  • ICF Associate Certified Coach (ACC)
  • Retired Rear Admiral with 34 years military service
  • Extensive leadership and management experience in complex, dynamic environments


Next Generation Leaders

Before joining COPIA Tilghman Payne spent over 30 years as a Naval Officer, retiring at the rank of Rear Admiral (L). He is now focused on building our next generation of leaders through leadership development and executive coaching.

Navy Command Background

Tilghman held leadership positions at all levels of the Navy to include Command of both a Guided Missile Frigate and an overseas Naval Base. As a Flag Officer he commanded two of the Navy’s 10 regional commands, managing and maintaining infrastructure and property valued at over $2B. His operational tours, coupled with three Pentagon assignments, have provided him unique experience leading large, complex organizations and managing change, personnel, infrastructure, and budgets.

As a result, Tilghman understands the use of strategic planning, policy, and business case analysis to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of operations in rapidly changing and dynamic environments and has successfully executed innovation and change initiatives in both the U.S. and internationally.

Gifted Speaker, Facilitator and Mentor

His extensive experience has made him a recognized expert in developing and administering programs to effectively lead, mentor and train entry level to executive employees, enhance corporate leadership, develop succession planning, establish and refine strategic planning, teamwork, ethical behavior, and the ability to manage change and improve overall workforce performance. He is equally effective in large group, small group, or one-on-one sessions and can speak extensively on leadership using real world examples to illustrate important principles.

In addition to having two Master’s Degrees, he has attended business leadership seminars at the Darden (UVa) and Kenan-Flagler (UNC) Business Schools. Tilghman is a graduate of the Institute for Professional Excellence in Coaching (IPEC) and an ICF Certified Professional Coach.

What Distinguishes Me:

  • 30+ years of military leadership experience.
  • Understands implementation challenges of new policy and “change” initiatives.
  • Team building expert. Knows how to improve team cohesion and productivity.

Assessments/Tools I Use

  • Everything DiSC® Suite
  • Five Behaviors of Cohesive Teams®
  • EQ-i 2.0 360
  • Hogan Leadership Forecast
  • Leadership Versatility Index
  • Energy Leadership™ Index

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