Life Member Award Winner - Arthur E. Walker Jr.
ARTHUR E. WALKER JR. PRESENTED KCSA HONORARY LIFE MEMBER AWARD
Arthur E. Walker, Jr., President and CEO of The Walker Company of Kentucky, Mt. Sterling, KY, was presented the Kentucky Crushed Stone Association’s Honorary Life Member Award at the Kentucky Highway Industries Convention in February 2017. The KCSA Life Member Award was established to pay respect to special individuals who have made significant contributions to our industry and to our association. The award is bestowed on individuals according to the following guidelines:
“In recognition of long and faithful service to the crushed stone industry in Kentucky, individuals may be granted Honorary Life Membership by specific action of the Board of Directors of KCSA. The primary purpose of Honorary Life Membership is to recognize outstanding contributions to the crushed stone industry in Kentucky and to keep such individuals apprised of industry developments.”
A native Kentuckian, Arthur Walker, Jr. was born in a Louisville hospital in December of 1944. He spent his first two years in Danville before relocating to Mt. Sterling where he currently resides. Like many other Kentucky Crushed Stone Association members, Arthur was born into the family construction business. His father Easy Walker exposed him to the construction industry and the equipment at a very early age. The exposure left a lasting impression on him and still exists today. By the age of ten, he was a good operator and could always be found on job sites or around the shop when not in school. After graduating from Mount Sterling High School as the Salutatorian of his class, he enrolled at the University of Kentucky’s College of Engineering in 1963. During the summers, he maintained his employment for his father and worked on many different projects. One in particular and rather interesting was the Bluegrass Parkway near Bardstown, KY.
After attending college, Arthur joined the company full-time as a Project Superintendent in 1967. Soon after his return to Mount Sterling, he met Marsha, whom he wed in 1970. Over their almost 47 years of marriage, they had four children and now have 11 grandchildren.
In 1974, Arthur was named the Vice-President of The Walker Company, working alongside his father Easy until his death in 1981. At the age of 36, Arthur became the leader of the company. At this time, the company was primarily a construction material producer that performed some construction work. However, over the next 3+ decades, he transitioned the company’s focus into construction contracting. To date, the company has been involved in many highway, building and diverse construction projects throughout the region.
Arthur’s mantra and mission during his tenure has been to perform high quality work at all costs. His employees are faithful, loyal and best of all, family. His interactions with associates are genuine. His passion for our industry is unwavering and his constant call for more and better funding always rings loud.
Arthur’s servant leadership has benefitted many causes and communities. During his career, he has served as an industry leader of several organizations, including Chairman of Kentucky Crushed Stone Association in 1987, Chairman of Kentucky Association of Highway Contractors in 1988, President of Plantmix Asphalt Industry of Kentucky (PAIKY) in 1990 and Chairman of Kentuckians for Better Transportation (KBT) in 1995. In 1998, he was the Southern Region Division President of American Road and Transportation Builders Association (ARTBA) and he is a former director of the National Transportation Research Group TRIP. His involvement in civic leadership of community organizations includes the former Mary Chiles Hospital, the local Parks and Recreation Commission, the Mt. Sterling Airport and the Kentucky Chamber of Commerce. He is a former director of Traditional Bank and a current Director of Delta Natural Gas Company.
Arthur remains very involved and active in the Kentucky Crushed Stone Association. His two sons, Art and Bryce have also served as Chair of KCSA. The Honorary Life Member Award was presented to Arthur by Bryce. Bryce shared many stories of growing up in the construction business and visiting work sites with his dad. He concluded the presentation by thanking his dad for being a role model for he and his brother and their family.
KCSA is honored and appreciative to have such a great family business involved with the association and promoting the industry.
The Walker family members attending the 2017 KHI Winter Convention in Grand Cayman.