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Management Team

Name: Virginia Walker
Job Title:Chairwoman of the Board
Address:7129 Old Hwy 52
Welcome, NC 27374
Phone:336-731-6391
Email:virginia.walker@walkerfirst.com
Background: Virginia Walker earned her Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Longwood College, VA. She co-founded Walker and Associates, Inc. in 1970 in Chester, VA along with her late husband, Chris Walker. Virginia managed the operations and finance departments while Chris covered sales for the developing distribution business. As the company grew, Virginia held many positions within the corporation while raising her family. Prior to assuming the post of Chairman of the Board in 2000, she was Secretary/Treasurer of the corporation and board member of Walker and Associates, Evergood Fabrication, and other divisions of Walker Group. She currently resides in Clemmons, NC.
Name: Chrystie Walker Brown
Job Title:CEO
Address:7129 Old Hwy 52
Welcome, NC 27374
Phone:336-731-6391
Email:chrystie.brown@walkerfirst.com
Background: Chrystie Brown, youngest daughter of Chris and Virginia Walker, closely witnessed the growth and development of the company. She earned a Bachelor of Arts in English from Longwood University in Virginia in 1984. She has served on the Board of Walker and Associates since 2001. Beginning in 2011, she worked as the board’s liaison to Walker’s quality management effort, working on Walker’s TL9000 quality program. Since early 2013, she has been Vice President of Quality and Contracts, reporting to Virginia Walker, CEO. After years of acquainting herself with different aspects of the business, Chrystie is very proud to lead Walker and Associates as CEO. In comments made to company associates when announcing her new role, she stated “I am both honored and humbled by this new role. I am more excited about the combination of and caliber of people that we currently have at Walker than ever before.  I am excited about the direction of the company and the technology centric initiatives that are in place. We are poised for real growth, real positive change and real expansion of market share.  We have the talent, the ingenuity and the capacity for so much more”. Chrystie resides in Kansas City, MO with her husband and two children.
Name: Mark Walker
Job Title:President
Address:7129 Old Hwy 52
Welcome, NC 27374
Phone:336-731-6391
Email:mark.walker@walkerfirst.com
Background: Mark Walker has been President of Walker and Associates since 1998. He has a broad range of industry experience in manufacturing, sales, operations and customer support. He formerly served as President of Evergood Fabrication, a subsidiary of Walker, which was sold to Reltec/Marconi in 1998. He also has a background in sales with Suttle Apparatus and BellSouth Advanced Systems. Mark holds a BA degree in Religion from Randolph-Macon College, located in Ashland, VA.
Name: Doug Leckie
Job Title:CFO
Address:7219 Old Hwy 52
Welcome, NC 27374
Phone:336-731-5365
Email:doug.leckie@walkerfirst.com
Background: Doug Leckie is Vice President of Finance and Corporate Development and has been with the Company since 1998. Prior to Walker, he was a corporate loan officer with First Union National Bank, President and Board member of Burton Lines, Inc. and a Partner with the investment banking firm of Harrison and Hurley. Doug earned his BA degree from the University of North Carolina and his MBA from the Babcock Graduate School of Management at Wake Forest University.
Name: Hal Sveum
Job Title:VP/Operations, General Manager
Address:7129 Old Hwy 52
Welcome, NC 27374
Phone:336-731-5222
Email:hal.sveum@walkerfirst.com
Background: Hal Sveum is the Vice President of Operations / General Manager responsible for all daily operations and management in meeting the current customer and vendor needs. Hal joined the Walker team in 1995, brought 18 years of experience in the telecommunications industry with him to Walker. His experience in Manufacturing, Sales, Marketing, Operations, Installation and Customer Support was gained with industry leaders CommScope, ADC Telecommunication, and GTE Automatic Electric. Hal holds a BA degree from Concordia College in Organizational Management and Communications.
Name: Tom Kane
Job Title:VP/Commercial Sales
Address:7129 Old Hwy 52
Welcome, NC 27374
Phone:336-731-5236
Email:tom.kane@walkerfirst.com
Background: Tom Kane is Vice President of Commercial Sales at Walker and Associates and leads the sales organization to drive revenue growth for commercial sales and services.
Name: Jane Brightwell
Job Title:VP/Sales, Federal, International, RBOC
Address:7129 Old Hwy 52
Welcome, NC 27374
Phone:336-731-5263
Email:jane.brightwell@walkerfirst.com
Background: As VP/Sales, GIR, Jane Brightwell is responsible for the development of the focus markets Government, International, and WBE/Diversity. She returned to the telecommunications industry with Walker in 1997. Prior to that Ms. Brightwell had been Manager Customer Satisfaction World Wide for Sara Lee Corporation as well as serving in other roles within the textile industry. From 1984-1988, Ms. Brightwell had worked with the fiber optic start-ups of Celwave and DITEL which became Draka Communications. Education achievements include MBA from the Babcock Graduate School of Management’s Executive Program at Wake Forest University, MA from George Washington and BS in Journalism/PR from the University of South Carolina. She is the Carolinas Regional Vice President for Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association (AFCEA) and has been board member of the North Carolina Chapter of AFCEA.She is an active member of Women In Defense Palmetto (SC) Chapter. In addition, Ms. Brightwell has served on the Board of Directors of Wake Forest University’s Family Business Center and City of Winston Salem Citizen's Budget Committee.
Name: Trey Hall
Job Title:VP/Marketing and Technology
Address:7129 Old Hwy 52
Welcome, NC 27374
Phone:336-731-5275
Email:trey.hall@walkerfirst.com
Background: Trey Hall is the VP of Marketing and Technology for Walker and Associates. Prior to joining Walker in July 2013, Trey spent 15 years at Fujitsu Network Communications in various roles including Engineering, Business Management, and Sales. Trey holds an Industrial Engineering degree from Texas A&M University and an MBA from University of Texas at Dallas. Trey resides in the metro Dallas area.
Name: Pete Thomas
Job Title:Director, Outside Sales, East Region
Address:6230 Shiloh Road, Suite 210
Alpharetta, GA 30005
Phone:336-731-5437
Email:pete.thomas@walkerfirst.com
Background: Pete Thomas is currently the Director of Sales, East Region for Walker and Associates. He manages all Regional Account Managers covering all commercial accounts in the eastern US. Prior to joining Walker in Sept of 2012, Pete has spent more than 30 years in the telecommunications business. Pete has held various roles at Allied Telephone, Alltel, and Windstream. His experience has covered many areas including sales, operations, procurement, logistics, fleet, real estate and facilities. Pete resides in the metro Atlanta area.
Name: Frank Soos
Job Title:Director of Sales, West Region
Address:7129 Old Hwy 52
Welcome, NC 27374
Phone:336-731-5368
Email:frank.soos@walkerfirst.com
Background: Frank Soos is currently the Director of Sales, West Region for Walker and Associates. He manages all Regional Account Managers covering all commercial accounts in the western US. Frank brings over 30 years of experience in the IP networking and telecommunications industry for a wide range of products and technologies. Prior to joining Walker in June 2013, Frank worked as a regional sales director for BTI systems and was one of the first sales people at Occam Networks where he opened up territories all throughout the Western United States for over 7 years. Prior to that, he held executive positions at Hydraweb, Ericsson, ACC, Whittaker Systems and Armon Networks. Frank has a long history of developing international and domestic markets for a range of suppliers working in indirect and direct sales worldwide.
Name: Scott Stoll
Job Title:Manager, Inside Sales
Address:7129 Old Hwy 52
Welcome, NC 27374
Phone:336-731-5432
Email:scott.stoll@walkerfirst.com
Background: Scott Stoll rejoined Walker and Associates in June 2005 to lead the Inside Sales team. A Wisconsin native, he first came to Walker in 1993 as Regional Account Manager in the Upper-Mid West. He effectively served in various roles including Director of Inside Sales, Regional Vice President of Outside Sales and Vice President of Sales. Prior to working at Walker and Associates, Scott spent 10 years working with ADC Telecommunications in Minneapolis and 4 years as an Independent Manufacturer Representative within the telecommunications industry. He holds associates degrees from Brown Institute and the Wisconsin Indianhead Technical Institute.
Name: Nicholle Britt
Job Title:Manager, Inside Sales
Address:6230 Shiloh Road, Suite 210
Alpharetta, GA 30005
Phone:336-731-5438
Email:nicholle.britt@walkerfirst.com
Background: Nicholle Britt joined Walker and Associates in 2009 through the Windstream Supply acquisition. She brings 13 years of experience in Inside Sales and Customer Service. She holds a BA from DeVry University in Business Operations and MBA from Keller Graduate School of Management.     
Name: Lisa Smiley
Job Title:Director, Enterprise OEM Development
Address:7129 Old Hwy 52
Welcome, NC 27374
Phone:336-731-5308
Email:lisa.smiley@walkerfirst.com
Background: Lisa Smiley joined Walker and Associates in 1989 and her career with the company has spanned sales, proposals and contracts, product marketing, and management. Lisa is currently the Director of Enterprise OEM Development and is responsible for strategic growth initiatives regarding new OEM development, working together with the GIR team to support SEWP V. Previously, Lisa served as VP of Marketing for more than 11 years and has attained professional awards and recognition including the Alva M. Stokes Customer Care Award and President’s Citation for Outstanding Performance and Achievement. She holds a BA from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She is a native of Winston-Salem, NC where she is an active member of the Winston-Salem Junior League.