Kenneth D. Walker
Chairman, International Franchise Association
International Franchise Association Chairman Kenneth D. Walker, CFE, is chairman and CEO of Driven Brands, Inc., the holding company, which is the parent company of Meineke Car Care Centers, Inc., Maaco Franchising, Inc., Econo Lube and Tune, Inc., Aero-Colours, Inc., AutoQual USA, Drive N' Style and Tortal.net. Walker joined Meineke as president and CEO in 1996 after serving nearly four years as president and CEO of Parts, Inc., a distributor of automotive parts and supplies with distribution facilities and stores covering 24 states.
Walker has been a member of the IFA board of directors since 2002 and the IFA Executive Committee since 2007. He is a member of the IFA Franchisor Forum, IFA Research Committee and IFA Finance, Audit and Budget Committee. He also serves on the IFA Educational Foundation Executive Committee and served as chairman of the foundation in 2008. He recently chaired the IFA Convention Committee and the IFA political action committee, FranPAC's Advisory Committee, where he has set records in fundraising. Walker also served on the IFA Strategic Planning Working Group, which completed a 2010-2012 strategic plan for the organization.
Prior to his position with Parts, Inc., Walker spent 17 years in similar businesses. Before entering the automotive aftermarket, Walker was a manager and CPA with Arthur Young and Co. in Fort Worth, Texas.
Walker is currently a member of the World President's Organization and has served as chairman of the Automotive Warehouse Distributors Association. He has been an instructor for many AWDA seminars and is a recipient of the AWDA Memorial Scholarship and Pursuit of Excellence Award. Walker served nine years as a member of the board of directors of the Automotive Aftermarket Industry Association with an active role on the Government Affairs Committee and is also a prior board member of the Automotive Hall of Fame. Walker is a graduate of the University of Texas.