The founders of Sangamon Watch Company are longtime entrepreneurs and residents in Sangamon County, Illinois, and they have been inspired by the early days of President Lincoln, who lived and worked in the Sangamon River areas such as Decatur and New Salem. Tyler McKay is one of the leaders bringing the Sangamon watches into reality.
Born in Central Illinois, Tyler, a sixth-generation farmer, was taught true Midwestern values as a kid by raising livestock and working around heavy machinery. He continues to actively manage his family farm with his 3 brothers. His passion for business and entrepreneurship led him to the Gies College of Business at the University of Illinois (UIUC) for his MBA where he was inspired to launch Sangamon Watches with his friend Brian Su.