Darwin J. Walker
Darwin Walker serves on Pennoni’s Board of Directors. Darwin, a nine-year NFL Veteran widely regarded as one of the best defensive tackles in the NFL during his career, is best known in the Philadelphia area for the integral role he played on the NFC Champion Philadelphia Eagles from 2000-2007. Darwin also played for the Chicago Bears and the Carolina Panthers in 2008 and 2009. The slogan on his website, “Engineered to Sack,” speaks to his second passion, civil engineering. He grew up in the construction industry; his parents own Walker Construction Company in Walterboro, SC, and are both retired licensed contractors.
Darwin earned his civil engineering degree at the University of Tennessee and co-founded Progressive Engineering Group in Knoxville, TN. After developing the firm into a thriving full-service structural engineering and consulting firm, Darwin merged his firm with Pennoni Associates. He has an extensive background in real estate and currently owns numerous commercial and residential properties along the East Coast.
In his role on Pennoni's Board of Directors, Darwin is responsible for creating business opportunities utilizing his vast relationship network.
He is active in many charitable and community-based organizations through the work of his foundation. The Darwin Walker Foundation (DWF), established in 2002, focuses on assisting youth in pursuing their academic goals. DWF awards five college scholarships annually to high school students. DWF has also assisted in the purchase of new football uniforms, funded new surfacing of school tracks, provided hundreds of books for elementary students, and provided assistance with mentoring programs. Darwin also donates his time as a motivational speaker for students, stressing the importance of academics.
In 2007, Mr. Walker was honored as the keynote speaker at the University Of Tennessee College Of Engineering Graduation.