Walker Celebrates 60th Anniversary at West Virginia Power Park
June 8, 2013
Walker Machinery Co. is celebrating 60 years as a Caterpillar Dealer. One of its employee events was a picnic and ballgame at WV Power Park, in Charleston. The Picnic took place between 6:00 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. and the game started at 7:05. The first pitches were thrown by Walker's CEO and President Monty L. Boyd and Sales Operations Manager Ernie George. Walker's Parts Manager evening shift Keith Delk's daughter sang the national anthem. Several employees formed a group chorus to sing "Take Me Out to the Ballgame" for the Seventh Inning Stretch. A good time was had by all!
Walker Summer Golf Challenge, 2012
June 16, 2012
From left: Inventory Control Brad Meadows and Steve Goff, retired
Fayetteville - The Walker Summer Golf Challenge was a huge success with 18 teams rounding out the competition, June 16. Many were new players, including five ladies: Jennifer Fleming, Josie Travis, Amy Canada, Pat Miller and Judy Gore.
First place went to: Keith Briggs, Jimmy Blaylock, Mike Lowe and Dave Blaylock; Second place: Nathan Anderson, Ryan Welch, Ernie George and Bruce Miller; and Third to: Russ Bond, Steve Fitzwater, Adam Gwinn and Kevin Gwinn. Longest drive went to Nathan Anderson; Closest to the pin went to two players: Rich Tetrick and Walter Clark.
From left: Pat Miller and Benefits Specialist Amy Canada
From left: Benefits Specials Jennifer Fleming and Human Resources Manager Josie Travis
From left: Parts Person II Mike Lowe and Belle Parts Man Keith Briggs
Beckley Branch Manager Jody Green
In It to Win It
June 13, 2012
Belle Service Clerk Pat Miller
BELLE – The Walker Summer Golf Challenge posts a new threat this year – the first EVER female competitors.
They include Amy Canada, Jennifer Fleming and Josie Travis from Walker’s Human Resource (HR) Department; Belle Service Clerk Pat Miller and Logan Operations Supervisor Judy Gore.
Capturing some behind the scenes strategy, there is no doubt that these ladies are In It To Win It.
According to Travis, the HR ladies have been hitting the driving range and playing the course at Coonskin, in Charleston. Miller has been perusing the internet for golf pros that she has successfully found. One took her to Hawk’s Nest in a Jaguar, where they played 18 holes of golf followed by two Bud Lights and a Corona. After that she had a migraine from working so hard. Miller also has a practice putter and has been out hitting in her yard, as has Canada. Miller has been using borrowed clubs that she is polishing up, but with her swift success is considering buying a set.
With much hard work behind them, they modestly and cagily state that they will need a little help.
“Yes, we plan to cheat every chance we get,” Travis said. And Gore echoed coyly, “The only golf I’ve ever played is putt putt.”
But these are all tactics to instill a calm in the Hail Storm that’s getting ready to hit Bridge Haven Golf Club, in Oak Hill June 16. The group is also working on an intimidating chant, such as what football players do when they pile their hands on top of each other - then break. Travis was thinking of “Mary Jane’s, Stilettos, Pumps, Break.” She has her mind on shoes, as that is the prize for which she is playing, she said.
If confidence and guts were prizes for this golf challenge, these girls are already champions.
(Amy Canada, Josie Travis and Jennifer Fleming from Walker’s Human Resource Department)
“Women rule - you know that,” Miller said.
“That’s RIGHT Pat,” Canada said. “We can’t wait to get out there and kick some butt. We may be a little better than they think we are; we love it! We may end up having a golf team every year after this. They don’t know what they’ve gotten themselves into.”
Logan Operations Supervisor Judy Gore
Walker Golf Tournament Drives Friendly Competition
July 23, 2011
OAK HILL – Sam Lilly attributes his team’s win, in the Walker Summer Golf Challenge, to good solid play.
“When we needed to make putts, we made them and when we needed a good drive - we might have just had one in four - but playing as a team like that, you just need one,” he said.
Lilly is Sales Fleet Assistant Manager at Walker Machinery, Co. in Belle. His foursome shot a 60, winning each member a $200 gift certificate to the Bridge Haven Pro Shop. Other team members were Sales Manager Eric Ramey and machine salesmen Steve McGrew and Greg Calvert. Some might call it luck, but it was not the first time Lilly, Ramey and McGrew were on a high-ranking team, Lilly said confidently.
Tim McLean organized the Walker golf tournament that took place July 23. McLean is Vice President of Operations for the Walker Machinery Co., in Belle.
“The weather was great,” he said. “I take full credit for the weather.”
According to McLean, Walker used to have the tournaments on a regular basis, but not within the last two years. The results of a recent employee survey shed light on the fact that many employees wanted it back.
“I took that to earnest,” McLean said. “And everybody had a blast.”
Thirteen foursomes showed up at the tee of Bridge Haven Golf Club, in Oak Hill. Machinery Transport, Inc. and Terry and Jerry Hildebrand of Hildebrand Hauling, Inc., provided lunch. Walker was extended a great deal on green fees. Walker provided all of the prizes.
First Place team members each won $200 gift certificates to the Bridge Haven Pro Shop. Second Place winners, with a total score of 61, each won $100 gift certificates, and they are: Steve McGrath, Luther Jones, Frank Hill and Harold Massey. Third place winners, also with a total score of 61, each won $50 gift certificates, and they include: Josh Vance, Phillip Paynter, Barney Goins and Randy Forren.
A Ping K-15 Hybrid club for longest drive on hole 9 was won by Phillip Paynter, of Logan.
“He crushed it,” McLean said.
A Karsten Ping Putter was won by Jim Counts, from Belle, for closest to the pin on hole 14. And a Ping Tour- S56
Degree Wedge was won by Frank Hill, of Belle, for closest to the pin on hole 4. Two second-place prizes went to Josh Vance, of Logan, and Kenny Judge, of Belle, for closest to the pin. Vance won two Greenbrier Classic general admission tickets and Judge won concert tickets to the Black Eyed Peas. Judge also won $50 for getting a hole-in-one on the first putt of the challenge.
McLean said the event gave a chance for employees to meet each other; people that only communicate electronically or by phone got to meet face to face. And he even had a couple retirees participate: Roger Lilly and Tom Piggott.
“I think we let off a little bit of steam,” he said. “We are all working hard towards common goals and objectives and we were just out there to have a really good time. I like it when you can get people from different branches together, because we’re just one company. When we have an outing like this, it gives
all of us an opportunity to see what a great company we are.”
Terry Easter, Technical Services Manager, Belle