J. Barry Walker is a life long resident of Dublin/ Laurens County Georgia. He grew up understanding what it meant to live in small town USA. “Treating others as you want to be treated” was how he was raised and the way he lives his life today. These are the same values he brings to his clients and his staff.
In 1983, while a sophomore in college his Dad, J.B. Walker, suffered and survived a heart attack. When Barry came to see about his dad in the hospital, J. B. was sitting up in bed working on accounts for his insurance agency. It was not until that moment did Barry decide this was the career path he would pursue. Barry saw the passion and commitment that his dad had toward his clients and his insurance agency.
After graduating from Georgia College and State University in 1985, Barry joined his Dad’s agency and worked side by side for eleven years until J.B. decided to retire. Even after retirement, Barry would often seek his dad’s counsel.
For over 30 years Barry has represented with distinction Nationwide Insurance Company as an exclusive agent. The Walker Insurance agency has been recognized numerous times as one of the top agencies with the coveted President’s Conference Award, The Champion Award, The F.A.S.T. (Farm Agent Sales Team), the Order of the Platinum Plowshare, and Agency of the Year for the State and the Company. The Walker agency has been recognized as the leading farm agency for Nationwide Exclusive agents in the state of Georgia and the top 20 in the country.
With the ringing in of a new year in 2019 so will be the beginning of a new era for the Walker Agency. With the growing of the agency with locations in Dublin, Milledgeville and Warner Robins, and with Nationwide Insurance converting all of their agents from exclusive agents to independent agents, Barry has the vision to grow with the times.
As of January 1, 2019 Barry is forming the J. Barry Walker Insurance Group but not losing sight of his roots. The new entity will always carry the same principles that J. B. Walker started the agency with in 1974, and with that, the new agency will carry “Established in 1974” never losing sight of the values instilled by his Dad J. B. Walker.
Barry is a member of Fist Baptist Church of Dublin. Ga, and member and past board member of the Dublin Exchange club, Barry Served on the Board of Directors at Trinity Christian School for over nine years. Barry has always been an advocate of youth athletics and has volunteered as coach for multiple recreation, elite travel ball and high school teams. Barry also enjoys hunting, fishing, snow skiing and all outdoor activities with his family and friends.
Barry is married to Rita and they have three children, Josh, Jorie and Jake. Barry is the proud granddad, better known as "Poppy" to Jackson, Brooks, Isla, and Baby Walker to be here in January of 2022.