Rising Industries LLC
An Innovation Management Company

Jack May, CMO

Jack May, Chief Marketing Officer

Jack May has been the Director of Sales for Magee Sign Service, Inc. since 2004. Jack came to Magee after a nine year stint of developing the government, military, and special projects marketing and sales operations for J.M. Stewart and Hi-Tech Electronic Displays, Inc. In addition to companywide product development and marketing/sales planning, he was responsible for developing sales in federal, state and local government markets, including the preparation of all technical government RFPs and RFQs, the acquisition and administration of all government contracts and price schedules, including Federal (GSA, AFNAFPO) and State (CA, FL), negotiation and maintenance of all product development sales and marketing tools. He created, managed, hired, trained and led the first-to-market Military Sales Division of J.M. Stewart to produce 30% of the company sales revenues with 10% of the sales assets.  He was the company representative to trade and professional organizations (American Logistics Assn., International Military Community Executives Assn., National Guard Assn. of the US, Florida National Guard Assn., Association of the United States Army). 

Prior to entering the sign industry, for 15 years he was the President/Managing General Partner of Interior Systems of Sarasota, Inc. and C&M Interior Systems, Inc. where he managed the daily administrative, marketing and sales operations of a $3MM per year commercial interior systems supply and Construction Company.  He wrote and prepared technical specifications for architectural boiler plates.  As the primary sales/project manager and superintendent, he oversaw all installation and construction projects and acted as a commercial and specifications consultant to numerous Nursing Homes and Banks.  Clientele included public (School Board, County, Municipal) and private sector commercial properties throughout Central Florida.

Initially, he partnered with a five location retail floor covering chain to sell to the commercial market, and developed an Interior Systems sales model and business plan to become the President of the spin-off C&M providing complete turnkey packages of commercial interior finishes, furnishings and light construction for banks, professional office space, public schools and other public and private sector institutional clients.

Jack developed his skills in leadership, training, planning, and management largely through military experience.  He joined the US Army after high school, was later promoted to Staff Sergeant and soon graduated from Officer Candidate School. After eight years active duty, he transitioned to the Army National Guard, and retired 12 years later as a captain in the Field Artillery. Leadership roles included commanding sections, platoons, firing battery and headquarters/service battery sized units.  Staff assignments included artillery battalion logistics and intelligence officer as well as infantry battalion fire support officer. He developed several tactical/logistical operations in the field such as the “DSFA (Direct Support/Field Artillery) Log (Logistics) Raid” and fielded the first computers for the Field Artillery for tactical-logistics operations. He was the primary logistics officer for two major overseas deployments and commanded several deployments for training in direct support of the US Southern Command operations in Panama, Honduras and other Central American countries.  Decorations included the Army Commendation Medal for heroism.

Jack is a long term adult Bible study and Director of Sunday School and Family Groups.  He has authored several Bible study curricula and leadership seminars for adult church leaders in Southern Baptist Associations across the state of Florida.

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