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 2006, Imerman Angels was founded.
John May co-founded Imerman Angels with Jonny Imerman and serves as the Chairman of the Board. 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 operation support its mission on a daily basis.
Mr. May is also the Founder and Managing Partner of CORE, a Chicago-based Private Equity firm with over $700 million assets under management. He is responsible for overseeing all activities of the firm including investment sourcing and valuation, transaction structuring, the securing of acquisition financing, fundraising and all administrative activities. Before founding CORE, he spent the past 18 years working on transactions with several private equity sponsors principally with The Blackstone Group and H.I.G. Capital. He serves on the boards of all CORE portfolio companies.
Mr. May graduated with Honors from East Carolina University with a business degree. He currently serves on the East Carolina University Foundation, Inc. Board of Directors and is Co-Vice Chair of the Investment Committee. He is also Co-Founder and Chairman of the Board for Imerman Angels, a 501(c)(3) Chicago-based cancer support organization. He also is an active member of YPO (Young Presidents’ Organization), a member of The Economic Club of Chicago, an Advisory Board member of the Industrial Exchange and obtained his Level I Sommelier accreditation from The International Sommelier Guild.