JD May Appointed EVP of Global Business Development FLO {thinkery}

JD May, newly appointed EVP of global business development at FLO {thinkery}.

JD May has joined FLO {thinkery} in the newly created position of EVP/global business development. May will be responsible for directing the sales efforts for FLO {thinkery}, Made In Network, and all FLO-developed and managed businesses; driving the growth of the company's business model; and developing new opportunities.

“JD’s relationships with key players in entertainment and tech make him the ideal person to tell the FLO story of how we help artists and entertainers build their own companies and brands,” says in a statement FLO founder Mark Montgomery sent to Billboard.biz. “His focus, drive, and chemistry with our offbeat band of thinkers and doers is exactly what we need to turn [FLO "master strategist"] Gavin [Ivester]’s mad whiteboard scribblings into lavish Caribbean vacations for FLO’s clients, investors and partners.”

Adds May, “I’m truly excited to join FLO, having worked with several of the partners in past ventures. Their approach to building companies in entertainment, tech, and consumer
products is unlike any company, anywhere. I’m jacked. We’re gonna make some artists a ton of money. Is there any of that Blue Chair Bay Rum around? Is this my desk?”

May’s resume includes stints at echomusic, Ticketmaster, Front Gate Tickets, Sony Music Publishing, and Mozes. As a founding member of the Americana Music Association, he
was its first Executive Director, leading the organization in the development of the first American Music Awards in 2002."

Founded in 2011, FLO {thinkery}, in addition to forcing writers to find those weird parentheses known as "braces" on their keyboards, also builds companies and brands for artists and entertainers, primarily focused on the intersection of music, technology, and consumer products. Recent launches include the hugely successful Blue Chair Bay Rum line for Kenny Chesney, and Made In Network, a multi-channel, music-focused YouTube network.