Mike May is President and CEO of the Lighthouse for the Blind in Seattle. He was founder and CEO of Sendero Group, makers of accessible navigation products. He 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 and an Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters from Coker College, SC. 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 2 companies in adaptive technology including Sendero Group in 1999.
Mike has met 4 Presidents including President Obama and several of his cabinet members to discuss national initiatives on adaptive technology. He was a member of the White House delegation to the 2010 Paralympics and has been inducted into the US Association of the Blind Hall of Fame. A book based on Mike May’s life, Crashing Through, by best selling author, Robert Kurson, was released in May 2007 and was listed among the top 50 books on Amazon for the year.