Tom May
JPL's Thomas May, manager of the Business Opportunities Office and Supplier Diversity Program. Image credit: NASA/JPL.
Thomas H. May, manager of the Business Opportunities Office and Supplier Diversity Program at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif., has been selected as one of this year's 50 influential minorities in business by the Minority Business and Professional Network, Incorporated.

May received the 2006 Award for Excellence and Leadership during an awards gala in Washington, D.C. on July 21. May is one of 50 men and women from the federal, corporate, and small business sector honored for their professional excellence and strong leadership.

JPL's Supplier Diversity Program assists small, minority, women and veteran-owned businesses. The program's major goal is to increase the maximum number of procurement actions and dollars awarded to small businesses each year.

Previously, the United States Small Business Administration recognized May as a Procurement Advocate, Prime Contract Advocate, and a Lifetime Achievement Award Recipient. May's motto for the Business Opportunities Office is "We mean business for small business."

The Minority Business and Professional Network is an organization that assists the development and growth of small and minority owned businesses.

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