LYNCHBURG, Tenn. — Steve May, Director of Lynchburg Homeplace-Jack Daniels Distillery, was recently honored as the Alumnus of the Year by Jacksonville (Ala.) State University. The Jack Daniels marketing executive was honored during the university’s homecoming football game on Oct. 31.
May earned a B.S. in management/marketing from JSU in 1981, where he was active in Kappa Sigma fraternity. He continued his education at Florida Tech, receiving an M.S. in management and information technology in 2003. He served in senior managerial roles with Cintas, General Electric and Boeing before beginning his career with Jack Daniels in 2003 as strategic sourcing manager.
In 2005, he was promoted to director of the company’s Lynchburg Homeplace, where he oversees marketing. His responsibilities include receiving 270,000 visitors a year and managing more than 130 employees at the distillery.
An active philanthropist both professionally and personally, May was honored with the 2013 Servant Leadership Award from the Tennessee Association of Community Leadership. He also serves on the board for the Retail, Hospitality, Tourism Management school at the University of Tennessee and on the Board of Visitors for the JSU College of Commerce and Business Administration.
May and his wife, Nell, have two grown children, Chris and Josh.