As founder, president and CEO of Walker-Miller Energy Services, LLC (WMES), Carla Walker-Miller is a strategic and interdisciplinary businesswoman with over 30 years of professional industry experience. Established in 2000, the Detroit-based firm provides energy efficiency services and offers innovative energy waste reduction solutions that help decrease energy consumption, and contribute to occupant safety and comfort for both commercial and residential customers.
An engineer by degree, Ms. Walker-Miller led WMES to double-digit growth after the recession, earning both local and national recognition as an innovative company. In the past two years, WMES received several accolades, including selection by Inc. 5000 as one of the fastest growing companies in America, the Michigan Habitat for Humanity Community Partner of the Year, the Michigan Chronicle Newsmaker of the Year and Crain’s Detroit Business Cool Places to Work in Michigan-- Rank #18. In 2015, WMES was selected by the Michigan Small Business Development Center (SBDC) as the 2015 Best Small Business in Southeast Michigan, awarded by the Michigan Small Business Administration (SBA) as Woman-Owned Business of the Year, and most recently recognized as Inner City 100 as one of the fastest growing companies in an inner city and Business of the Year by Michigan League Conservation Voters (MLCV). In addition, WMES has been featured in national publications such as FORTUNE, EBONY, JET, and Black Enterprise magazines.
As a sought after speaker on issues relating to energy efficiency and sustainability, she is determined to bring underserved populations into the important energy dialogue. Her goal is to help communities make informed decisions regarding their own energy destinies. “Energy efficiency is foundational to our energy futures...” states Carla.
As part of her strong commitment to the Detroit community, she started a nonprofit organization called The Water Access Volunteer Effort (WAVE) Fund in 2003. WAVE provides water bill assistance to low- income Detroit citizens and hasdistributed over $2 million while assisting over 9,200 families. Carla currently serves as the organization’s Founder and Executive Director.