Effective Oct. 1, Walker Manufacturing President Bob Walker transitioned to the role of chairman of the board, and third-generation family member Ryan Walker has been named president. Ryan assumes this position after working 10 years at Walker in sales, marketing and business development.
Additional changes in Walker’s executive leadership also included Dean Walker moving to executive vice president and board vice chairman, while Ted Walker (Dean and Suzanne’s oldest son) has moved into the position of vice president of engineering.
“The commitment Ted and I have made to Bob and Dean and our entire family is to continue to operate Walker Manufacturing with the core principles we have been taught and seen work well for our grandparents and parents,” Ryan says. “We are steadfast in our covenant to our family to manage this business in a way that will allow us to hand off an even better Walker Manufacturing to the fourth generation of Walker family.”
Bob and Dean will remain active in day-to-day operations, including ongoing mentoring to next generation leadership.
“My plan is to follow my dad’s (Max) lead and work as long as I am able,” Bob explains. “My dad gracefully transitioned leadership of the company to my brother Dean and me, while still giving us guidance and working alongside us as long as he was physically able."