New CEO and President for Amerex

Harrison Bishop Source: Mac Logue

Larry Whitehead is CEO of Amerex.








By Stephanie Rebman, Managing Editor
Birmingham Business Journal

Trussville’s Amerex Corp. has several new leaders paving the way for the beginning of 2018.

Larry Whitehead, who has served in a variety of capacities within McWane Inc., has been appointed chief executive officer of the company that produces more than 3 million industrial and commercial fire extinguishers and fire suppression systems yearly.

While with McWane, he was president of president of Manchester Tank & Equipment Company for nine years and CEO for four.

Alongside Whitehead will be Harrison Bishop, who began his role as Amerex president on Jan. 1.

Bishop is a former president with The Solberg Companies. In addition to his responsibilities at Solberg, he was on the Amerex executive committee as vice president, strategic initiatives. Prior to his roles in the fire suppression industry, Bishop practiced law for more than a decade, focusing on mergers, acquisitions and general corporate law as a partner at Maynard Cooper and Gale PC.

Andy Payant also started his role executive vice president of finance for Amerex Jan. 1. Payant had been vice president and international controller of McWane Inc. since 2012. Previously, he was McWane’s vice president and controller from 1998 until 2012. Prior to joining McWane Inc., Payant held senior management positions at Compass Bank and Molton Allen & Williams.

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