|Walker Oldsmobile Company was founded in 1919 as Alexandria Auto Company, Inc. by Foster Walker Sr. At an early age, Foster Walker III started sweeping floors and working in the parts department at the dealership. He attended Tulane University, graduated with an MBA, and is a Certified Public Accountant. Upon graduation, he served in the United States Army Finance Corps. After 43 years in the business, he still enjoys the automotive industry and leading Walker Automotive Group.
Ninety-five years after its inception the dealership has expanded from its meager origins to over 176 employees, four locations, seven manufacturers, four service departments, and a stand-alone collision center. It is important for everyone in the dealership to be the best they can be, so every training opportunity is taken advantage of whether it is manufacturers’ programs or specialized training from field experts.
Foster and his employees always try to do what is in the best interest of their customers. “We remain committed to serving our customers, being an active community partner, executing business strategies that allow for continued growth, and delivering new and used vehicles to satisfied customers.”
Additionally, W. Foster Walker III was Chairman of the Board of the Louisiana Automobile Dealers Association for the term 2011-2012. For ten years prior, he served on the Board and held various positions, including Chairman-Elect, Treasurer, and District 16 Director.
Over the last 9 decades, the dealership has won numerous national and factory awards for all aspects of its business. Walker Automotive was named the 2010 Better Business Bureau Torch Award winner which recognizes local businesses for outstanding ethical practices. This was the second time for them to win this prestigious award.
Foster is also very active in the community and serves on the board or actively participates in many organizations. For example, he is the Chairman of the Cancer Treatment Center of Central Louisiana, President of the Rapides Symphony Orchestra, serves on the Vestry at St. James Episcopal Church, Treasurer of the St. James Day School, and Treasurer and Military Affairs Chairman of the Central Louisiana Chamber of Commerce. Another activity Foster thoroughly enjoys is his participation in the Krewe of Parlangua where he served as their King this year. These are only a few of the many organizations Foster actively supports.
However, nothing is more important to Foster than his family. He and his wife, Martha, have been married for 46 years and have raised three children, Amy Walker Searcy, Lee Walker Methvin, and Foster Walker, IV. Amy and her husband, Lawrence Searcy, as well as Foster IV are all involved in the business. He and Martha have nine grandchildren they adore ranging in age from 2-15.