John May
Founder and Managing Partner,
CORE Industrial Partners

John May is the Founder and Managing Partner of CORE Industrial Partners, a Chicago-based private equity firm with over $700 million AUM that invests in lower middle market manufacturing and industrial technology companies. As the Founder and Managing Partner of CORE Industrial Partners, John is responsible for all firm activities including sourcing new investment opportunities, valuation, transaction structuring, acquisition financing and fund raising.


CORE Industrial Partners is a private equity firm investing exclusively in lower middle market manufacturing, industrial technology, and industrial service companies. We believe we go beyond the traditional private equity approach and use our capital, insight, and unique operational expertise to build great companies for lasting results.


CORE currently manages over $700 million of commitments, including additional capital provided by our limited partners for larger transactions. CORE’s diversified base of institutional investors includes university endowments, insurance companies, public pensions, corporate pensions, foundations, asset managers, family offices and fund of funds both from North America and around the globe.


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.


John 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.