Well-Known Technology Leader Who Is Blind, Mike May, to Become President and CEO at The Lighthouse for the Blind, Inc.
The Board of Trustees of The Lighthouse for the Blind, Inc. announced on February 2nd, 2017, that Mike May will succeed longtime President and CEO, Kirk Adams. After a nationwide search Mr. May will assume the position in April, 2017.
Mike May is coming to the Lighthouse as it approaches its 100th year in operation. Since 1918, the Lighthouse has been providing independence and self-sufficiency for people who are blind, DeafBlind, and blind with other disabilities through employment.
“I am really looking forward to leading this great organization into its next 100 years of jobs, independence, and empowerment for people who are blind. As the Lighthouse nears its centennial, I am excited to get to know Lighthouse employees, programs, and help build on the infrastructure that is in place. Creating exceptional jobs for people who are blind is an exciting endeavor and I am thrilled to be a part of it,” said Mike May.
Mike May has been a pioneer in new product and business development since 1980. He has a Masters’ degree from the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies. He worked for the Central Intelligence Agency as a Political Risk Analyst, for the Bank of California in automating wire transfers and cash machines, and for TRW starting a new business area. Mike’s start-up ventures have included developing the world’s first and only Laser Turntable, inventing a portable heating cushion for sports and medical applications, and starting two companies in adaptive technology including Sendero Group in 1999, which released the first ever accessible GPS for users who are blind. Mike has consulted on accessibility with Uber, TiVo, Whirlpool, and more. He was a member of the White House delegation to the 2010 Paralympics and has been inducted into the U.S. Association of the Blind Hall of Fame.
The Lighthouse was very committed to finding an experienced professional who is blind to replace Mr. Adams. The Lighthouse conducted a thorough search while Harry Egler, Chairman of the Lighthouse Board of Trustees, acted as the President and Interim CEO.