Willy Walker is chairman and chief executive officer of Walker & Dunlop. Under Mr. Walker's leadership, Walker & Dunlop has grown from a small, family-owned business to become one of the largest commercial real estate finance companies in the United States that is listed on the New York Stock Exchange. The Company has repeatedly been named one of the "50 Fastest Growing Companies" in the Washington Region and a "Great Place to Work" by Fortune magazine. Mr. Walker received the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year award in 2011 and is consistently ranked as one of the most influential executives in the mortgage finance industry.
Prior to joining Walker & Dunlop, Mr. Walker was president of the European and Latin American divisions of TeleTech, a global customer service management company, and also worked at the private equity firm Newbridge Latin America. Prior to joining Newbridge, Mr. Walker launched a regional airline start-up in Argentina named ALTA Airlines.
Mr. Walker received his master's degree in business administration from Harvard University and a bachelor's degree from St. Lawrence University. Mr. Walker currently serves on the boards of Children's National Medical Center, the Federal City Council, and St. Albans School. Mr. Walker is an avid runner, skier and cyclist, and has run the Boston Marathon in 2:36.