Ahern Forms Senior Executive Management Team, Names Paylor COO | Construction News


Don Ahern,president and CEO of Ahern Rentals has announced the formation of a global senior executive management team, which will focus on corporate growth.

Led by Don Ahern, and son Evan Ahern, the global senior executive team will develop and implement strategies to steer the Ahern family of companies during this period of continued growth and increasing diversification of the customer offering.

The executive team will work with all companies in the Ahern Group, including Ahern Rentals, Xtreme Manufacturing, Snorkel Manufacturing, Ahern IT, Ahern Australia, Ahern Japan, Ahern Deutschland, Ahern Canada, Snorkel China, Diamond A Equipment, Xtreme Financial Services, Equipment Parts Plus, DFA Properties, AX Transportation, Supergrip West tires, and Rhino Turf equipment.

Don Ahern said, “The dynamic growth in our product development and our global distribution means that it is now imperative that I form a core team of industry experts to oversee our rapidly growing business, which includes manufacturing, distribution, sales, rentals, and global customer support.”

“The team that I am appointing brings a wealth of industry knowledge and strong business strategy experience to the table, and they will be instrumental in driving our future success.”

Don Ahern owns Xtreme Manufacturing, which produces 16 models of rough-terrain telehandlers with capacities ranging from 5,900 to 70,000 lbs. In October 2013, Xtreme Manufacturing acquired the majority shareholding in Snorkel, a leading global manufacturer of aerial work platforms. Both of these product lines, along with Ahern Rentals and many related products and services, have enabled the Ahern family of companies to become one of the fastest growing businesses within the construction-related industry.

Don Ahern has also announced that Craig Paylor has been named Chief Operating Officer (COO). 

Paylor, who is the current CEO of National Truck Body Solutions, and past president of JLG Industries, will be a member of the newly formed global senior executive team, helping to shape the future of all companies within the Ahern Group.

Don Ahern said, “We are very pleased to welcome Craig, who is a long time friend and industry leader, to join our team at Ahern.”

“His key role in the development of many industry firsts’ at JLG will prove invaluable as we tap into his experience in domestic and international distribution, financial modeling, manufacturing and customer support, as well as rental here in the USA.”

“I have known Craig for over 30 years, and in many ways our careers have been parallel to each other.  He loves the construction equipment industry and has the ability to see the future developments and emerging trends that will be necessary to our success.”

Craig added, “I am honored and excited to be joining Ahern.  Don & Evan have built a strong team of dedicated employees who have helped the company become a global player in manufacturing, distribution and engineering, and a leading rental business in the USA.  My hope is that I can use my past experience to contribute to this great team.”

Paylor will join Ahern in October and will work directly with Don Ahern and other members of the senior executive team, all of whom are currently in leadership roles within the group.

Paylor will be based predominantly at the corporate headquarters in Las Vegas, as well as traveling throughout the USA, Asia, and Europe.  He will also spend time visiting other regions to help establish and develop a presence for the Ahern organizations.