Walt was born and bred in the St. Louis area across the river in Belleville, IL. Athletics were a big part of his childhood and he initially attended college on a football scholarship. His father was an ironworker and his mother a bookkeeper, and he came from a big family of five children, so he grew up with a solid work ethic and a sense of teamwork.
At Southern Illinois University, a guy with many interests and talents, he eventually meandered toward a Bachelor’s degree in Marketing with an Art minor. After working in advertising for a few years, he took some MBA classes, completed a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting at Southern Illinois University and finished his education by passing the CPA exam and M.S. in Accounting from the University of Illinois. Six years of public accounting showed him that he enjoyed finding new clients more than doing their financial detail work, so he returned to marketing work with Robert Half/Accountemps, an international financial recruitment/staffing firm. He rose to Branch Manager in seven years, and became a member of their illustrious Million Dollar Milestone Club, by personally generating company gross revenues.
“I recently returned to Source Medical after spending six years with the contingency wing of one of the largest retained physician recruiting companies in the country. I felt that the initial change was necessary for me to see how a major player approaches the physician recruiting business; much like Robert Half did the financial side. It allowed me to work and train with some great people and I learned a lot. But I came back to Source Medical because I very much missed the entrepreneurial spirit here. Another reason is because most of the same friends that I left then are still here. It was like coming home again!”
Walt married his former business travel agent, Kathy, twenty six years ago. They have two grown children, Ryan, a former aspiring singer, who is studying IT right now, and Rachel, who is a high school Spanish teacher and coach. He coached his children’s soccer, basketball and baseball teams throughout their youth, and played in softball and basketball leagues for many years himself. Now he is more apt to spend his off time coaxing a trout onto the hook of his fly rod, walking his dogs or cutting timber around his wooded property.