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J. Del Walker, CPA

J. Del Walker, CPA

Director & Practice Leader, Tax

dwalker@pkftexas.com | 

  • What I Do For Clients
  • Experience
  • Associations
  • Thought Leadership

Del is the Tax Practice Leader and a member of the PKF Texas’ management committee. Serving in both roles since 2000, Del has been instrumental in the development and growth of the tax practice, as well as playing a vital leadership role in guiding the firm’s overall strategic direction.

Del works with a range of clients, but has an emphasis on closely-held family-owned businesses and high net worth individuals. As a trusted business advisor, he likens his role to that of a quarterback: looking downfield, analyzing the moving parts, and then coordinating the best solutions to fit the needs of the situation. These Pre-Sale and Operational experiences include tax structuring and planning, multi-generational succession and estate planning, exit strategy assessment, and sell-side transactional tax and business advisory. His post-sale experiences include assisting in the development of formation strategy for family offices and various implementation phases of opening an office, such as, development of operational structure, development of Investment Committee, hiring of initial key employees, development of preliminary and ongoing operating budgets, deployment of capital investments in liquid and alternative markets, development of tax efficient strategies for ongoing operations and new capital investments. Throughout all of the above experiences, Del has worked extensively with other outside advisors including legal counsel, investment and financial advisors, investment bankers, valuation professionals and other business consultants.


Industries Served:

  • Real Estate
  • Hospitality
  • Distribution
  • High Net Worth Individuals
  • Family-Owned Businesses

Designations:
CPA, Certified Public Accountant


Experience:
Pannell Kerr Forster of Texas, P.C., Houston, TX 
Director, 1995 - Present 

Ernst & Young, Houston, TX
Tax Practice, 1991-1995

Ernst & Young, Oklahoma City, OK
Tax Practice, 1987-1991


Education:
University of Oklahoma, Norman, OK
Bachelor of Business Administration, Accounting, 1985

Masters of Accountancy – Tax Emphasis, 1986 

Outstanding Teaching Assistant in the School of Accounting, 1986

Current Commitments:

  • American Institute of Certified Public Accountants
  • Texas Society of Certified Public Accountants
  • Houston Chapter of Texas Society of CPAs
  • Texas A&M Mays School Accounting Advisory Council
  • Texas A & M Center for New Ventures & Entrepreneurship (CNVE) Advisory Council
  • Family Firm Institute
  • Rotary Lombardi Awards - Executive Committee
  • Family Office Review (FOR) Awards & Conference Houston Organizing Committee - Chair
  • Gulf Coast Family Forum
  • Family Wealth Alliance
  • Rice Business Plan Competition – lead tax advisor to OWL Company, LLC
  • University of Oklahoma, Price College of Business – Arthur B. Adams Society Member
  • Leading Edge Alliance - Tax Practice Leaders Steering Committee
  • Houston Christian High School
    • Board of Trustees Finance Committee
    • Vice President of Support
    • Mustang Parent Council
    • Membership Chair, Booster Club

Professional Achievements:

  • National Academy of Public Accounting Professionals - Top 10 Public Accounting Professionals in Texas Award, 2015

Professional Involvement:

  • Judge - 2015 Texas A&M University MBA Venture Challenge
  • Judge - First Annual Family Office Review (FOR) Awards North America – Chicago, IL

Speaking Engagements:

  • Family Office Review (FOR) 2015 Awards & Conference - Moderator - Houston Economic Outlook Panel
  • Texas A & M University – Guest Lecturer – "Succession Planning for Closely-Held Businesses" - 2010-2013
  • Leading Edge Alliance
    • Tax Practice Leaders Executive Session -
      • 2014 – “Best Practices and Strategic Initiatives: A Deeper Dive”
      • 2013 – “The Evolution of a Tax Practice Leader”
      • 2012 – "Succession Planning: How Do You Retire a Partner Out and Bring People Up?"
      • 2011 – "Firm of the Future"
      • 2010 - "How do we go to Market?"
    • Tax SIG Meeting - IRS Stakeholder Liaison Program - co-facilitated "How do We Move Forward?"


Publications:

  • "Pick Up Tax Savings with Vehicle Purchase" - 2003
  • "Cost Segregation May Lower Your Taxes" - 2002

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