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, 2012, 2013 and 2014, one of
the "Great Places to Work" in 2012 and 2013, and one of Fortune
Magazines “100 Fastest Growing Companies” in 2014. 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, the
Sustainable Technology Fund and the St. Albans School Board of Trustees. 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. Mr. Walker
resides in Washington with his wife, Dr. Sheila Walker, and their three sons.