Management

John J. McMahon, Jr.
Chairman

Mr. McMahon has been involved in direct equity investing since 1976. Mr. McMahon has been involved in over 35 acquisitions ranging from publicly held companies to small privately held companies.

Mr. McMahon is a current or former director of Protective Life Insurance Corporation, ProAssurance Corporation, National Bank of Commerce, Cooper/T. Smith Corporation and UAB Health Systems. He served on the Board of Trustees of the University of Alabama and Birmingham-Southern College. Mr. McMahon’s educational background includes an undergraduate degree from Birmingham-Southern College and a law degree from the University of Alabama.


John (Jamey) McMahon, III
Chairman, Ligon Capital, LLC

Jamey McMahon has been involved in ownership and operations of manufacturing companies since 1991. He is the Chairman of Jorden Industries, Inc. Jamey holds a BA degree from Birmingham-Southern College where he serves on the board of trustees.


James C. Delk, Jr.
President

Mr. Delk has been involved in direct equity investing since 2004. Prior to joining Ligon, Mr. Delk worked for McWane, Inc. in various capacities including Assistant General Manager of Kennedy Valve Co. in Elmira, New York and Vice President/General Manager of McWane Cast Iron Pipe Company in Birmingham, Alabama. Mr. Delk’s educational background includes a Bachelor of Science Degree in Mechanical Engineering with Highest Honors from The University of Texas at Austin and a Master of Business Administration Degree from the Harvard Business School where he was a Baker Scholar.


Jon W. Whetsell
CFO

Mr. Whetsell has served as Chief Financial Officer of Ligon Industries since its formation in 1999.  He is responsible for the financial due diligence, banking and insurance relations, monthly financial reporting and operational consulting. Prior to Ligon Industries, LLC, Mr. Whetsell was a Business Assurance Manager with PricewaterhouseCoopers, LLP. Mr. Whetsell’s educational background includes a B.S. in Accounting from the University of Kentucky. Mr. Whetsell is a certified public accountant.


Jan J. Ehrhardt
Vice President

Mrs. Ehrhardt has been a part of Ligon since its inception, after having served for 10 years as Assistant Vice President and Secretary of McWane, Inc. Prior to McWane, Mrs. Ehrhardt was the Controller of First Commercial Bank in Birmingham, before which she was an auditor with Price Waterhouse. Mrs. Ehrhardt’s educational background includes a B.S. in Accounting from the University of Alabama and a Masters Degree in Accounting from the University of Illinois.


Bill Anderson
Group President, Ligon Hydraulic Cylinder Group

Bill Anderson joined Ligon in 2003 when Ligon acquired HDM Hydraulics, LLC where he has served as the General Manager since 1983. Bill was named Group President-Ligon Hydraulic Cylinder Group in 2020.   Prior to joining HDM Hydraulics, LLC, Bill served for six years as a certified public accountant. He holds a Bachelors of Business in Accounting from St. Bonaventure University.


Jason Dannenberg
Group President, Ligon Permanent Mold Aluminum Foundry Group

Jason Dannenberg joined Ligon in 2006 when Ligon acquired Premier Aluminum, LLC. Jason served at Premier Aluminum since 2001 in various management positions of increasing responsibility culminating in the position of Group President-Ligon Permanent Mold Aluminum Foundry Group. He has an MBA from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and a Bachelors of Operations Management from Marion College of Fond du Lac.


Andy Renkey
Group President, Ligon V-Process Aluminum Foundry Group

Andy Renkey joined Ligon in 2011.  He has been Group President-Ligon V-Process Aluminum Foundry Group since 2016.  Prior to joining Ligon, Andy served for seven years as a Plant Manager for Johnson Controls.  Prior to that he served in various management positions of increasing responsibility in manufacturing industries in both the the United States and Canada.  Andy served seven years as a commissioned officer in the United States Marine Corps.  He holds a BA in Business from Grove City College.


Russ Fatum
VP, Human Resources

Russ Fatum joined Ligon in 2020 and is responsible for leading the Human Resources function across the organization. He brings more than 30 years driving results in all facets of human resources including leadership development, performance management, recruitment, retention, employee relations, compensation, benefits and internal communications.

Russ’ career prior to Ligon includes leading the human resources function at corporate, divisional and plant levels in large manufacturing companies (Volvo Truck Assembly, Erickson Aerospace, and L3 Technologies).   He has led successful efforts in plant start-ups, labor negotiations and organizational restructuring.

Russ earned a Masters, Human Resources Management/Organizational Development from Central Michigan University and a Bachelors, HR & Indstrial Relations from Ferris State University. He is a Six Sigma Black Belt and carries the designations of SHRM-SCP.


Laura Miller
VP, EHS

Laura Miller joined Ligon in 2020 as VP, EHS.  She has extensive experience in reducing Worker’s Compensation costs, injury reduction and improving safety culture. She has expertise in implementing job demand analysis, safety programs, increasing employee engagement, injury prevention, risk reduction and regulatory compliance.

Prior to joining Ligon, Laura has served over 20 years in EHS leadership roles with Leadec Corporation, Columbus McKinnon Corporation and other organizations in multiple industries.  She has a BS degree in Environmental Management from Columbia Southern University and an AS degree in Environmental Safety Management from Kent State University.  She also holds a CSP and is active in EHS committees for the National Safety Council, ASSP and the American Foundry Association.