Commander Jimmy May

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Jimmy is an active duty Navy SEAL Commander with 22 years of service. He developed and teaches curriculums on combat leadership to all SEAL Chiefs and OICs and Combat Ethics to the Naval Special Warfare Community and the Navy JAG community. Commander May has seven deployments to the middle east and has an array of awards including 3 Bronze Stars and the Purple Heart. He has experience working across the globe in high-stakes situations to find common ground across a wide array of conflict scenarios. He completed his undergraduate work at Texas A&M and post-graduation studies at Harvard as an alumni of the Program for Leadership Development. Jimmy is CEO of Sushi Assassin, an in-home sushi catering business for private events and recently started Mayday Executive Services to help companies develop camaraderie and unit cohesion through shared intense experiences. He serves as CEO and a board member of Beyond the Brotherhood, a non-profit organization dedicated to helping Navy SEALS of character transition from the Teams to the civilian sector and is sought after as a keynote speaker for events across a wide variety of organizations. Jimmy is fluent in Arabic, an avid spear fisherman, surfer, martial artist and amateur bee-keeper. He resides in Ocean Beach, San Diego with his family and prides himself on doing good things for good people.

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  • What is your favorite quote? "Suffer in silence" - it means that when you are stuck in a hard situation, don't distract those that are trying to solve the problem by complaining.
  • Are there any moments that stand out as having a significant impact on your career? My best friend was killed on August 6th, 2011. His funeral was a tough event for me as I was relegated to handling the VIPs instead of a more prominent role. The last lesson JT left for me
  • Outside of your profession do you have any hobbies/interests? My main occupation is full time dad to my 8 year old Ryker. Outside of that commitment, I am an avid surfer, spear fisherman, martial artist and amateur bee keeper.
  • Who do you look up to as a mentor and why? While in the military, Jocko Willink was a key mentor of mine. He taught me the path of discipline and how to model myself as an officer. I am not like him, but his teachings affected the w
  • Is there anything else we should know about you? I do good things for good people. If I can help you, reach out - it's not about the money.