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Chet Walker
Investment Committee Chair

Biography

Mr. Walker currently serves as the Chairman of the Investment Committee of Falfurrias Capital Partners. Mr. Walker began his professional career in 1972, when he joined a predecessor of Bank of America. During his thirty-year tenure with the institution, he had a variety of assignments, including corporate banking and founding and managing the Private Placements, Syndications, and Project Finance Groups within NationsBank and NCNB (predecessors of Bank of America). Mr. Walker founded Bank of America Capital Investors in 1993. Capital Investors is a private equity investment arm of Bank of America that focuses on buyouts, recapitalizations, and growth capital financings. During a ten-year span, Capital Investors invested approximately $1.4 billion in more than one hundred equity and mezzanine transactions. Mr. Walker was the Managing Partner until his retirement in 2002.

Career Highlights

  • Over thirty years of experience at Bank of America and its predecessor organizations
    • Founded and Managed Private Placements, Syndications, and Project Finance Groups within NationsBank and NCNB
    • Founded Bank of America Capital Investors in 1993, the private equity investing arm of Bank of America that focused on buyouts, recapitalizations, and growth capital financings
    • Served as Managing Partner and oversaw more than one hundred equity and mezzanine investments totaling approximately $1.4 billion over a ten-year span
  • Senior Managing Director of Forsyth Capital Investors, LLC

Current Board Memberships

  • Barry-Wehmiller Group, Inc

Education

  • BBA from Emory University
  • MBA from the Harvard Business School

Accomplishments

  • Built the largest bank in the United States, growing assets from $12 billion to $642 billion
  • Integrated over $90 billion in acquisitions
  • Hired and managed hundreds of executives
  • Successfully directed businesses through seven economic cycles
  • Managed early-stage businesses, including a startup that was guided to a successful sale to a private equity fund
  • Managed a private equity-backed business that generated strong returns through a sale to a strategic acquirer
  • Sourced, structured, and closed over 175 private equity transactions in three decades

Our Team

Since 2006, FCP has built an experienced and operationally-focused team with private equity, entrepreneurial, and senior executive experience.

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Marc Oken

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Chet Walker

Investment Committee Chair

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