Oct. 15 2019 12:00 AM

Ryan Walker is the new president, taking over from Bob Walker who moves to board chairman.

Left to right: Ted, Dean, Bob and Ryan Walker
Photo: Walker Manufacturing

Leadership changes have been announced at commercial mower maker Walker Manufacturing, Fort Collins, Colorado. President Bob Walker transitioned to the role of chairman of the board effective Oct. 1, and third-generation family member Ryan Walker was named president. Ryan Walker assumes this position after 10 years at the company working in sales, marketing and business development.

Bob Walker will remain active in day-to-day operations, which will include his ongoing mentoring to the next generation of leadership. “My plan is to follow my dad Max Walker’s lead and work as long as I am able,” explains Bob. “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.”

Ryan Walker is the second son of Dean and Suzanne Walker. He learned about business early in life as one of four boys who grew up 100 yards from the Walker Manufacturing factory. In doing so, he developed an appreciation for the importance of loving people through the examples of his parents, grandparents, aunts and uncles.

Ryan Walker earned a business degree from Olivet Nazarene University in 2006. In 2008, he earned an aircraft airframe and powerplant certificate and obtained a commercial pilot’s license. Subsequently, he and his wife, Emily, spent three years in Christian missions in Alaska.

Since returning to the company, Ryan Walker has demonstrated great leadership skills. He directed the implementation of a new manufacturing software system in 2013 and oversaw a variety of facility improvements. Ryan and Emily Walker have four children and live in Windsor, Colorado.

Additional changes to Walker Manufacturing’s executive leadership roster includes Dean Walker being named executive vice president and board vice chairman, while Ted Walker (Dean and Suzanne Walker’s oldest son) has moved into the position of vice president of engineering.

Ted Walker’s passion for the work of designing, manufacturing and selling power equipment also originated as a product of growing up in the family business. After graduating from Olivet Nazarene University in 2004 with a mechanical engineering degree, he worked for a small helicopter manufacturer in Caldwell, Idaho, for six years before returning to Fort Collins.

Since coming to the family company, Ted Walker has been instrumental in engineering development, including overseeing many recent design projects. Like Ryan Walker, Ted is also a pilot. He and his wife Nikki have four children and live in Timnath, Colorado.

“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,” explains Ryan Walker. “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 the Walker family.”