Chief Digital Officer & CIO
Homestar Financial Corporation
With more than twenty-five years in technology leadership roles, Walt specializes in alignment with purpose and technology innovation. Before joining HOMESTAR Financial Corporation as Chief Digital Officer and CIO in March of 2018, Walt and his teams implemented technology changes for Primary Capital Mortgage to drive 205% growth in origination volume in just over two years. Before joining Primary Capital Mortgage, his team at Generation Mortgage received accolades from the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, Kiplinger’s, Bloomberg and MarketWatch for innovative use of technology as a key differentiator for the company.
Walt is adept at working through complex business challenges and has successfully implemented several enterprise-wide packaged software solutions. Walt is a frequent speaker to professional groups on the topics of leadership, governance, risk management, and compliance.
After earning a BS in Physics from Guilford College, he began his career as a technical officer in the US Air Force, and over the years he has served in a variety of technology leadership roles with companies such as Fidelity, Gannett, BDM, TRW, and Ajilon Consulting. Walt earned a master’s degree in Public and Private Administration from Central Michigan University in 1991. While at TRW, he won the President’s Award for his leadership on its largest commercial project. Walt was named Corporate CIO of the Year in 2014 by the Georgia CIO Leadership Association and more recently has been named to the Constellation Research “Business Transformation 150” for 2020 and last week received a third nomination for CIO of the Year in Georgia.