Mr. Walker is the Managing Partner of Parkway Investment Management, LLC. Prior to founding Parkway he was a founding member of a SBIC licensed middle market investment firm with AUM of $400 million, where his responsibilities included marketing new funds and sourcing, analyzing, structuring, executing and monitoring investments from 2011-2013. He also founded Renascent Capital group in 2004 to provide strategic and capital raising advice to corporate clients and family offices. Transactions included representing multi-billion dollar private equity funds on international acquisitions, domestic & international M&A assignments, and advising family offices on new business ventures, private equity investments and acquisitions. Prior to forming Renascent, Mr Walker was an Executive Director of Morgan Stanley’s Investment Banking Division in the Corporate Finance and Mergers & Acquisitions Departments.
He was with Morgan Stanley for over 10 years in various capacities. From 1993 until 1996, Mr. Walker worked in Morgan Stanley’s Private Equity group in New York where he focused on evaluating acquisitions for a $1.8 billion Private Equity Fund. During this time he also advised Real Estate and lodging and leisure companies on capital raisings and Mergers and Acquisitions. He became one of two professionals in Johannesburg South Africa in 1996, where he focused on business development and the execution of complicated cross-border financings, mergers and acquisitions. While managing the Johannesburg office in 2001, Mr. Walker was asked to move to London to become the Operations Officer for Morgan Stanley’s Corporate Finance and Banking Departments in Europe, the Middle East and Africa. He worked in London overseeing a major restructuring of Morgan Stanley’s Corporate Finance and M&A departments. He moved to Chicago in 2003 to focus on corporate finance business development and execution for important clients in the Midwest region (e.g. Allstate, Anheuser-Busch, Maytag, Sara Lee, Wrigley).
Mr. Walker is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Morehouse College in Atlanta, Georgia with a BA in Business Administration with dual concentrations in Banking Finance and Real Estate and a minor in Economics.
Mr. Walker is a member of the Chicago Plan Commission responsible for reviewing major real estate investment proposals, serves on the board of the Francis W. Parker School where he is a member of the finance committee, is a Visitor to the Morehouse College Board of Trustees and has served on the boards of LEAP Africa and Africare.