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Men of Distinction: Adam C. Walker

Adam C. Walker began serving as Summit Container Corporation’s CEO in 2014 and has implemented a growth strategy focused on innovation, technology, new market expansion and Mergers and Acquisitions to accelerate the growth of Summit Container.

He has focused relentlessly on revenue growth, customer satisfaction and shareholder value creation. Throughout his career, Walker has served as a high-impact strategist with experience spanning global manufacturing operations, business development, marketing, strategic business unit leadership and turn-around assignment. He is an accomplished business executive with over 20 years of packaging expertise serving technology, automotive, beverage, and other industries. Prior to acquiring Summit Container Corporation, Walker co-founded and led Homestead Packaging Solutions, an innovative and award winning packaging manufacturer with facilities in Tennessee and Michigan.

Under his leadership, the company received numerous awards including the NMSDC Supplier of the Year and the United States Department of Commerce — MBDA Manufacturer of the year. Walker launched his career as a running back in the National Football League where he played for seven consecutive seasons beginning and ending with the Philadelphia Eagles in 1990 and 1996 respectively. He also played for the San Francisco 49ers from 1991 to 1995 and was a member of the 1994 49ers Super Bowl XXIX championship team. Recognized for his leadership on and off the field, Walker served as special teams captain from 1994-1996 for both the 49ers and the Eagles; received 1994’s post-season special teams MVP; nominated for the Ed Block Award for Courage in 1995; received the 1996 special teams Player of the Year award; and the NFL’s Player Network Events Executive of the Year.

In 2014, Walker was inducted into the Western Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Fame. In 2016, he was inducted into the Campbell Courage Hall of Fame and the Western Pennsylvania Football Hall of Fame. Summit Container was also honored by the U.S. Department of Commerce Minority Business Development Agency as the 2016 National Manufacturing Firm of the year. Walker serves on the board of directors of the National Minority Supplier Development Council, Gwinnett Technical College, the Georgia Small Business Center, University of Pittsburgh, Katz School of Business, Supply Chain Management Professionals, and is a member of the Young Presidents Organization. He earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in business administration from the University of Pittsburgh and completed the Advanced Management Executive Program from Northwestern University — Kellogg School of Management.

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