Hank Walker holds a BS in Industrial Engineering from Cornell University and earned an MBA from the University of Chicago. His career was launched into the health care field with Hank conducting Healthcare Consulting and then holding executive positions within various health systems, including CEO. He now focuses on executive coaching along with strategic, financial, and organizational planning.
Through SVP, Hank has had the opportunity to put his business mind to good use in a completely different field. As a frontrunner of the Youth On Their Own (YOTO) work team, Hank rolled up his sleeves with other Partners and worked collaboratively to assist YOTO with the same types of projects that he helps clients with on a daily basis. Tucson’s cool in that way: “Tucson is just a big college town. Anyone who wants to get involved is welcomed to do so. Individuals really can make a difference!”
SVP’s funding model appealed to Hank; he was drawn to “the discipline of a venture capital model applied to community non-profit organizations.” Hank and wife Patricia Andrade have attended many SVP events, but his favorite was the Partner Summit in November 2012. He found there to be “excellent education and great dialogue on a number of key issues we face at SVP Tucson. All the Partners in attendance were active contributors. Then, we drank wine and enjoyed each others’ company socially!”
Looking for a good book to read? Hank recommends Good to Great. “The author provides a rigorous paired-comparison analysis of companies in the same industry over a period of years. In each case, the companies were performing at about the same level of success. Then, one of the companies began to outperform the other by orders of magnitude. Through multiple interviews with each company, the author was able to identify the select few factors that led one company in the paired comparison to achieve ‘Great’ performance while the other company facing the same competitive and industry factors continued to perform at only a ‘Good’ level.”