Our heartfelt condolences go out to our friends at Walker and Associates for the passing of their co-founder, Virginia Walker. Virginia received the Fiber Broadband Association’s Chairman’s Award in December 2020, which recognized her for her lifetime of contributions to the telecom industry through promoting, educating and accelerating fiber-to-the-home.
“Her light of leadership, sacrifice, goodness and grace leave behind a legacy of integrity, trust and principled leadership in the company she regarded as family,” Walker and Associates posted on LinkedIn after sharing news of Virginia’s passing.
After co-founding Walker and Associates in 1970 with her late husband Chris Walker, Virginia worked to build the business into a multimillion-dollar international technology company at a time when women in telecom were not acknowledged or celebrated. Virginia’s vision for the company lives on today, with diversity and inclusion still at the center of Walker and Associates’ business model.
“Women and men of all races and backgrounds are welcome at Walker and appreciated for the work they do, the value they create and their contribution as an individual,” Walker’s website reads. “We work hard. We work together. We value people.”
With her strong leadership skills, Virginia became a visionary for the company and what began as managing the operations and finance departments quickly expanded into multiple roles as Walker and Associates continued to grow.
After 44 years shaping Walker into the well-known international ICT equipment distributor it is known to be today, Virginia retired as CEO of Walker and Associates in 2014 and later as Chairwoman of the Board of Directors, leaving both seats for daughter Chrystie Walker Brown.
Virginia’s contributions to the fiber industry and her exemplary leadership were an inspiration to many. She will be greatly missed.