Today’s Innovation is Tomorrow’s Tradition

Walker & DunlopThe inspiration for the Innovator Award is the long and distinguished tradition behind the real estate and urban economics program at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. A rich history cannot be established without continuous improvement in ideas and in practice. We have been innovative in our teaching, in our research, and through the accomplishments of our alumni and practitioners – all dedicated to making a positive impact in our community and beyond. These award recipients embody the spirit of the Wisconsin real estate tradition in innovation.

The Innovator Award is generously sponsored by Walker & Dunlop. Read more about the gift here. 

Spring 2020 Recipient – Willy Walker Chairman and chief executive officer, Walker & Dunlop.

Willy Walker

Willy Walker is chairman and chief executive officer of Walker & Dunlop.

Under Mr. Walker’s leadership, Walker & Dunlop has grown from a small, family-owned business to become one of the largest commercial real estate finance companies in the United States.

Walker & Dunlop was listed on the New York Stock Exchange in 2010 and has seen its shares appreciate 567% since going public. The Company has been named a Best Workplace for five of the past six years by the Great Place to Work® Institute and was #17 on Fortune’s 2017 list of “Fastest Growing Public Companies”.

Mr. Walker received the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year award in 2011 and was named “Financier of the Year” in 2017 by Commercial Mortgage Observer.

Click here for more information on our previous Innovator Award presentation to Robert Bond, co-founder and president of Bond Companies

Past recipients of this award include: