Jonny Imerman is the founder of Imerman Angels. While fighting cancer at 26 years old, Jonny had loving support from family and friends, but never met anyone his age who was a cancer survivor. He wanted to talk to someone just like him, someone who truly understood and remembered – someone who had already faced the same type of cancer.
Today, Imerman Angels provides that gift for cancer fighters. Imerman Angels introduces each cancer fighter to one survivor who is the same age, same gender, and someone who has already faced that particular type of cancer. A cancer survivor would be an angel – walking, talking, living proof to inspire the fighter that he/she can overcome their cancer. This was the beginning of Jonny’s vision. In 2003, Imerman Angels was founded.
John May co-founded Imerman Angels with Jonny Imerman and has been Chairman of the Board since its inception. Inspired to make sure no one faces cancer alone, John’s primary role is developing Imerman Angel’s strategic plan while making sure its program and operations support its mission on a daily basis.
John also serves as the Managing Partner for Core Industrial Partners. John founded CORE Industrial Partners in 2017. CORE is a Chicago-based private equity firm focused on acquiring North American lower middle-market industrial and manufacturing businesses. Previously, John has over 20 years of investment and operating experience, having spent the past 16 years principally with The Blackstone Group and H.I.G. Capital. He served as a President & CEO of six private equity backed companies with revenues ranging from $90 to $450 million. He also has worked in the public sector as a divisional CEO for a publicly-traded business.
John’s extensive investment experience includes acquiring various family-owned, entrepreneurial, corporate carve-out, distressed, special-situation, and private equity owned businesses. He continues to sit on the Board of Directors of several private equity portfolio companies, past and present. He currently serves on the board of Advanced Lighting Technologies (a Blackstone portfolio company) and Ehrhardt Tool & Machine.
John graduated with Honors from East Carolina University with a business degree. He also is an active member of YPO (Young Presidents’ Organization).