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15 Things You Need to Know This Morning

15 Things You Need to Know This Morning
What You Don't Know About Willy Walker
Photo: Last weekend, on the Mason-Dixon Line during a 105-mile bike ride
Position: Chairman, President & CEO, Walker & Dunlop.
What that means: Runs a commercial real estate finance company that has a 75% focus on multifamily and the rest on other asset classes. 20 offices, lends between $8-9B a year, 400 employees, publicly traded on NYSE.
Memorable project: Acquiring Column Guaranteed from Credit Suisse in the depths of the financial crisis. Ringing the bell at the stock exchange when W&D went public.   
Hometown: DC.
Current home: Three blocks from where he grew up in Northwest DC.
School: St. Lawrence College. Harvard Business School.
First job: Mowing lawns for Donaroma's Nursery, Martha's Vineyard. Learned the impact of Uncle Sam on a paycheck and the importance of not messing up the lines of a lawn.
Favorite band: U2.
Favorite books: The Power of One by Bryce Courtenay and Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand.
Favorite restaurant: Zafferano, London.
Favorite vacation: Helicopter skiing at Mike Wiegele's in British Columbia, Canada.
Person (living or dead) to meet: Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
Greatest fear: 1981 interest rates!
Family facts: Wife is professor at Johns Hopkins’ School of Public Health and former professional tennis player; three young boys. Father was prominent DC real estate figure for decades. Mother is famed photographer who covered the White House for Time Magazine.  
Hobbies: Cycling, triathlons, skiing, and any two-on-two sport with his three boys.
Bucket list: Learn to kite board, shoot an honest 79 in golf, qualify for Kona Ironman.
Startling fact: Lived in rural Paraguay for three years out of college. Started a regional airline in Argentina at age 28. Ran the Boston Marathon in 2:36.


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