Walker Lee Evey

Speaker and Author
Lee is currently “retired” but still maintains an active schedule. With over 30 years of results-driven contracting, acquisition and program management experience, Lee has a well-earned reputation as a go-to person for the hardest challenges in program management, negotiation and project turn-around. He is widely recognized as a best practice leader in government and enterprise operations and, as a result, is a highly regarded international speaker and mentor for programs and organizations seeking to optimize performance. Most recently, Lee was honored by selection to the prestigious National Academy of Construction and was the recipient of the Design-Build Institute of America’s (DBIA) Brunelleschi Lifetime Achievement Award based on the originality, vision, breadth and impact of his professional work.

Best known as the innovative Program Manager from 1997 to 2002 of the Pentagon Renovation Program (PENREN), a 10 year, $5.5 billion, major design and construction program, he reported directly to the Deputy Secretary of Defense. Lee retired from federal service in 2002. In 2003 at the request of Department of Defense, Lee briefly returned to federal service as Senior Advisor to the Iraqi Ministry of Construction for the Coalition Provisional Authority in Baghdad. Lee served, from 2004 until 2009, as President and CEO of the DBIA. Under his leadership DBIA undertook extraordinary efforts to promote process improvement in the construction sector and launched an entire curriculum dedicated to training professionals in the effective implementation of the design-build process. Lee earned degrees in Psychology and a Masters in Special Education from the University of South Florida, along with a Masters in Management Science from the Florida Institute of Technology. Lee served as an Infantry Platoon Leader and Company Commander with the 1/26th Infantry Battalion, First Infantry Division, in Vietnam. Lee is currently writing his first novel, “My Florida” scheduled for release in June of 2012.