Michael "Miguel" Walker Head of Business Development & creative

"I was born and raised a son of the Texas high plains, where I learned how to mend fences with the best (and worst) of the remaining cowboys. When it came time, I went off to study at one of the state's finest research universities, Texas State University, where I studied English, Archaeology, Philosophy, and Art. I've worked in a robotics laboratory, in the tech industry, in the music industry, and I currently building my career in the building science field. I have experience helping organizations grow into multi-market sectors, including internationally. I'm the head of business development and creative at a wonderful company called Positive Energy and I am co-creator/producer of The Building Science Podcast. I am a co-founder of The Humid Climate Conference, a board member of the Austin chapter of Passive House Alliance U.S. and am the chair elect of the AIA Austin Committee On The Environment. I am an avid meditator, runner, reader, and a proud progressive Texan. I also speak Spanish"

Fun Facts:

Fun Facts:

Name
Michael Ryan Walker

Where were you born?
Canyon, TX

Where did you grow up? 
Amarillo, TX

What was your first job?  
Picking okra, black eyed peas, cantaloupe, watermelon, and tomatoes on our family farm in Oklahoma. Later I worked for my best friend’s family’s catering company slinging all kinds of catered goods.

Who was your childhood hero (real or fictional)? 
Goose from Top Gun :(

What was your favorite subject matter to study in high school? 
English Literature

What are your hobbies? 
Avid meditator, Writer, Amateur photographer, Runner, Ikebana artist, Rock climber, Hiker, Psychedelic country musician

Do you have a spouse/kids? 
We’re not married, but my life partner’s name is Sierra Skorka and she’s a great acupuncturist. We don’t have kids yet.

Do you have pets (if so what are their names?) 
I have a ~10 year old Shelty named Luna :)

What's your favorite animal? 
Turtle

Where did you go to college? (list them if more than one) 
Texas State University

What's the craziest place you've traveled to? 
Spent a lot of time in Mexico, but my favorite crazy place to go is Terlingua, TX

What's something most people don't know about you? 
I’m not very flexible and am constantly sore and tight. If you know a stretching coach…

What are your top 5 songs? 
Hello Walls (Willie Nelson), If I Needed You (Townes), Radio Ga Ga (Queen), In Spite Of Ourselves (John Prine), Texas Cookin’ (Guy Clark)

What's your favorite dessert? 
This bizarre dish I’ve never seen recreated in the wild that my mother used to make called honeycakes

If you could have any super power, what would it be? 
The ability to dive underwater without needing oxygen

If you had to use only 3 words to describe yourself, which three do you choose? 
Dusty, prickly (sometimes), and taco

What's your favorite thing about working at Positive Energy? 
I get to spend every day working beside my best friends. They’re incredible people who care so much and work with such intelligence. I am the luckiest person in the world.