About Herb

Herb was born and grew up in Norfolk, VA.  He was a boy scout, he mowed lawns and worked in his father’s service station.  After graduating from Norview High School, he studied engineering at UVA and worked in construction on the Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel between semesters.

Herb married Jackie and they moved to Richmond Virginia, where she taught in the Richmond Public Schools for the next 35 years.

Herb worked for Reynolds Metals in Richmond for several decades as a corporate staff industrial engineer, division planning manager, systems and financial analyst, division accounting manager and division cost manager.  Herb was recognized as a creative problem solver and leader. While working at Reynolds he received a degree in accounting from VCU.   Herb was invited to teach Computer/Information Systems at the business school at the University of Richmond, while working full-time at Reynolds. 

He started Walke Business Solutions, Inc., in 1998 and has since helped fortune 500, government, and small businesses adopt “Lean Manufacturing” (the Toyota production system) to improve production and processes.  His customers include the US Navy, Newport News Shipbuilding, Merck, Corning Glass and others. He has trained over 3,000 professionals in Lean Manufacturing systems.

Herb has volunteered and has served as an officer in the Institute of Industrial and Systems Engineers local Richmond Chapter for over 40 years. He was chair of the Richmond Joint Engineers Council (RJEC) a consortium of over 39 engineering societies in the early 2000’s, representing approximately 10,000 plus engineers in the Richmond area.  He is also a passionate wood turner, and has volunteered with the Richmond Woodturners.

We need Herb’s intelligence, can-do attitude, and wisdom serving us in the 73rd District and in all of Virginia.

The Walke family has been working to improve life for Virginians since the 1600's. 

Some family history

The Reverend Anthony Walke (my 4th great grandfather) & cousin Thomas Walke IV, though young, already had held positions of leadership, including justice of the county court and delegates to the General Assembly. During June, 1788 the Walkes attended the ratifying convention in Richmond With the promise of support for inclusion of a bill of rights by future amendment, delegates voted to ratify by a narrow margin of 89 to 79, with both Walkes voting to ratify. The Walkes returned to Princess Anne where they remained active leaders, holding local offices which required oaths of loyalty to the Constitution they had helped to establish.

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