2022-2023 Alumni of the Year Matthew J. Vining

Feb. 3, 2023

Each year, the University of Arizona acknowledges a  group of alumni for their achievements, public service, advocacy for education, volunteerism and service to students, the colleges and the university.

This year, the alum of the year representing the Eller College of Management is Matthew J. Vining ’06 BSBA.

Vining found his calling in the energy industry just a few years after he earned a bachelor’s degree from the Eller College. In 2012, he co-founded Navigator Energy Services, serving initially as its chief commercial officer and later as CEO.

Vining led Navigator’s transformation from a napkin sketch concept into a crude oil gathering and transportation company that was ultimately acquired by NuStar Energy. Then, he used his pipeline technology and spun off another entrepreneurial startup to explore carbon capturing. With Vining at the helm, Navigator CO2 Ventures is now working on a plan to capture carbon emissions produced by agricultural processes before they reach the atmosphere.

The 2022-23 alumni of the year award recipients will be honored at the Alumni of the Year Awards Luncheon and Ceremony on February 3 at the Tucson Marriot University Park.