Though you may be a vice president at your company – one of hundreds, perhaps, only a heartbeat away – you’re still not necessarily entitled to capitalize your title. As with any time you uppercase a word or phrase erroneously, you risk not only appearing wrong (because you’re wrong), but worse, like a braggadocio. Yes, your mother may be proud that you’ve risen through the ranks, but titles reflect the rules of grammar, not the pride your mother feels every time she refers to “my daughter, the vice president.” With this, and with all due respect to proud mothers everywhere:
Professional titles are not capitalized when they directly follow a name. Let me repeat that one more time: Professional titles are not capitalized when they directly follow a name.
But spell out (and capitalize) all professional titles when they precede a name, except Dr., Gov., Lt. Gov., Rep., and Sen.
When a person held a title in the past, will soon hold one, or holds one temporarily, capitalize it if it precedes a name, but do not capitalize the qualifier.
Note: While we’re on the subject, “entitled” and “titled” aren’t synonyms. “Entitled” means either “given a title,” as in “I entitled my blog Word Wise,” or “qualified for,” as in “you are entitled to a marriage license.” “Titled” means “having a name.” “The blog is titled Word Wise.”