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 director of Protective Life Insurance Corporation, ProAssurance Corporation, National Bank of Commerce, Cooper/T. Smith Corporation and UAB Health Systems. He serves 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.


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 been involved in direct equity investing since 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.


Leon A. Nolen, III
1940-2018

Ligon Industries, LLC was founded in 1999 by John J. McMahon, Jr. and Leon A. Nolen, III.  Mr. Nolen was involved in direct equity investing since 1976. Prior to founding Ligon Industries, LLC, Mr. Nolen worked for McWane, Inc. for over 25 years. During his career with McWane, Inc., Mr. Nolen held numerous management positions including Executive Vice President of McWane, Inc. and President of Ransom Industries, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of McWane, Inc. His post acquisition improvements and synergies fueled the cash flow necessary to support Ligon and McWane, Inc.’s growth through acquisitons.