Willy Walker is the third generation of Walkers to lead Walker & Dunlop. Mr. Walker joined the company in 2003 as executive vice president and chief operating officer, became president in 2005, and chief executive officer in 2007. Mr. Walker assumed the role of chairman of the board in 2010 after serving on the company's board since 2000. Under Mr. Walker’s leadership, Walker & Dunlop has grown dramatically from a small, family-owned company to a publicly-traded corporation that is today one of the largest commercial real estate finance companies in the United States. Walker & Dunlop was named one of the "50 Fastest Growing Companies" in the Washington Region in 2011 and 2012, one of the "Great Places to Work" in 2012, and Mr. Walker won the Ernst & Young "Entrepreneur of the Year" award for Financial Services in the Washington Region in 2011.
Prior to joining Walker & Dunlop, Mr. Walker was president of the European and Latin American divisions of TeleTech, a global business process outsourcing company. He previously worked at private equity firm Newbridge Latin America, and was also general manager of a regional airline start-up in Argentina. He currently serves on the boards of The Mortgage Bankers Association of America and the Sustainable Technology Fund. Mr. Walker was Chairman of the Board of the District of Columbia Water and Sewer Authority (DC Water) from 2008 until 2012, and Chairman of the Board of Transcom, a global business process outsourcing company, from 2007 until 2012.
Mr. Walker received his Bachelor of Arts degree from St. Lawrence University and his Master’s degree in Business Administration from Harvard University. He has run the Boston Marathon in 2:36 and finished 4th in his age group at the 5150 Olympic Distance National Triathlon Championships in 2011. Mr. Walker resides in Washington with his wife, Dr. Sheila Walker, and their three sons.