KICE, Industries

Jonathan May

One of a company’s greatest assets is its people. Kice Industries is very fortunate to have gifted, dedicated, and customer-focused employees. We would like you to learn a little bit more about our people of Kice, both professionally and personally.

Meet Jonathan May

 

Jonathan May

Finance

 

How many years and what roles have you had with Kice?  

I’ve been with Kice going on 5 years now, all in a finance/accounting capacity. I’ve had an array of responsibilities tied to cost accounting and financial analysis.

 

Tell me a little bit about your day-to-day job currently?

No two days look alike. In my current capacity, I’m more of a Finance business unit manager, for our Automation and Process/Electrical groups. Whether its financial project management or simple support, I’m very involved with these three groups in all phases from “quote to cash.”

Previously, I served more in the manufacturing realm, helping provide financial stewardship and decision support for manufacturing operations.

Working at Kice

What do you enjoy most about your job?

The thing about my role and analytics is, you have the opportunity to provide data that can help generate good decision making. So much of success, I believe, is not only trusting your gut but also relying on facts to drive behavior. At Kice, I believe we have a good blend of this.

 

Can you share one of the things that are unique about working at Kice?

Comradery. It’s not everywhere that you get to work with people you really know and trust. At Kice, we have a good balance of work-life friendships that a lot of times carries over socially (see below). At the end of the day, it’s fun working in the trenches with friends.

 What are three words to describe Kice?

Airlocks, Aspirators and Golf 😊

Personal Side of Jonathan

Tell us a little bit about your family

I have a wife, Lindsey, who is a first-grade teacher in the Andover School District, and three kids under the age of 6. Julianne (6), is a first grader, where Lindsey teaches, Watson (4) and Maverick (8 months). We are very blessed with friends and local family that makes life a lot easier raising three little hoodlum – ahem – children. (Only kidding – sort of.)

 What is the best place you have traveled to and why?

Last Summer, led by our Director of Sales, Andy Forrester, 8 of us from Kice ventured on a golf trip to bonnie Scotland. Playing some of the oldest and most famous golf courses in the World, while at the same time experiencing a new culture (with a local no less), was certainly one for the record books. Aye Laddie!

If you could have dinner and drinks with two famous people, dead or alive, who would it be and why?

My Grandfather (not famous), on my Dads side, died of a heart attack when my father was 10 years old. He was a clothing salesman from Northeast Missouri, and I would very much like to have known him. Also – Johnny Cash, favorite singer.

People would be surprised if they knew (about me)

I’m an Eagle Scout, which helped cultivate my love for the outdoors. Now, whether it’s hunting, camping at the lake, skiing in the mountains or chasing a white ball around a course, if it’s outside, I generally like it.

If you could do another job for just one day, what would it be?

Reclusive philanthropic billionaire.

If you had to eat one meal, every day for the rest of your life, what would it be?

Fried Chicken, mashed potatoes/gravy, corn on the cob, cherry cobbler w/ice cream and a Coors Light. Not sure it would like me as much as I like it.

 

If you could learn to do anything, what would it be?

I’d get my pilots license. My grandfather flew commercially for 35 years, so its something I’ve always kind of been around. I’ve flown multiple times as the Co-Pilot, just not in the captain’s seat.

What are your biggest pet peeves?

When traffic is backed up in a single lane, and cars “unknowingly” drive in the open lane, only to cut you off in the end. (You know who you are). I usually go halfway over just to do my civic duty and prevent this social injustice from ever occurring.

When you have 30 minutes of free-time, how do you pass the time?

Usually reading. I enjoy learning about market activity, real estate and the outdoors, not necessarily in that order

What did you want your adult profession to be when you were a kid?

I loved the NBA growing up, and still do, and wanted to play professional basketball. Hoosiers was my favorite movie, and Jimmy Chitwood was my idol. The only problem was, I was 5’4”, 95 lbs. soaking wet my freshman year of high school. All heart, no talent, only takes you so far.

 

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