Our ESI executive management team is comprised of experienced industry veterans who are driven to consistently manage and promote a company culture that is driven to provide superior products and services for our customers.

Jeff Walker

Chief Executive Officer

Mr. Walker is currently majority owner and CEO of Ellsworth Systems. Jeff graduated from Belmont University in 1983 with a BA in Accounting and a minor in Business Administration, while also earning his CPA license. After more than 15 years with executive leadership, Jeff, along with his father, became the majority owners in Ellsworth Systems in 2001. Mr. Walker is an active investor in several businesses and sits on the boards of WhoUWith Ministries and Tennacity Foundation. He has lived in Tennessee for over 30 years and has been happily married for more than 35 years. He has twin sons- one of which lives in Los Angeles and the other is currently active in the business. Outside of work, Jeff enjoys sports, giving back to the community of Nashville, staying involved in local ministries, investing in a portfolio of businesses and creating opportunities for honorable and hard working people.

Karen Walker, VP of Service of Ellsworth Systems, financial products and service provider in Franklin, TN

Karen Palmer

Executive Vice President of Service

Having been in the Service Industry for over 30 years, Karen is no stranger to providing support. Karen acknowledges the value of all associates while striving to understand their needs and appreciating their contributions whole-heartedly. As Executive Vice President of Service, Karen is responsible for building and developing infrastructure that supports Ellsworth’s service customer base. Additionally, Karen inspires growth of the business by ensuring Ellsworth exceeds customer expectations.

Conrad Hunter, Executive VP and CRO of Ellsworth Systems, financial products and service provider in Franklin, TN

Conrad Hunter

Executive Vice President and Chief Revenue Officer

Conrad has been an executive who has a reputation for building positive and winning cultures with a focus on Servant Leadership and Customer Excellence. Conrad most recently served as the Vice President of Communication for Segra Communications where he led the integration efforts for the combination of Lumos Networks and Spirit Communications. Prior to that role Conrad transformed Lumos Networks expansion market of Richmond, VA into a top performing sales unit. Conrad has successfully led and operated several publicly traded wireless companies in the capacity as President and Chief Operations Officer during his career with positive financial results.

Conrad currently resides in Mooresville, NC and is married to his wife Janet and has two daughters.

Wes Hornbuckle

Executive Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer

Wes is primarily responsible for Ellsworth System’s Marketing, Information Systems and Human Resource functions as well as daily business operations. He utilizes his business and operational skills to promote and support Ellsworth Systems as a leader in the financial products and service industry. Wes has a degree in Human Resources Management, over 25 years of experience in the Information Systems Audit field and has owned and operated small businesses. He enjoys most sports, spending time with family and calls Franklin, TN home.

Tim Shirah

Senior Vice President and Strategic Growth Officer

Tim Shirah has worked within the financial service industry for eighteen years. He has been employed as a Security Technician, Inside and Outside Sales Representative, Business Development Manager, AVP of Sales and is currently Ellsworth System’s Senior Vice President of Sales. Graduating from Akron University in Business Administration and receiving a two-year accreditation from Vanderbilt’s Southeastern School of Banking prepared Tim with a solid foundation for his role.

Connor Walker, VP of Business Development of Ellsworth Systems, financial products and service provider in Franklin, TN

Connor Walker

Vice President of Business Development

Connor Walker is the Vice President of Business Development at Ellsworth Systems, where he oversees the development and growth of Ellsworth’s business strategies and vendor relationships. He focuses on driving revenue and efficiencies in the company, while also finding ways to create a culture that provides opportunities for the employees to thrive.

Connor earned a Bachelor of Business Administration from Auburn University, where he concentrated his studies in Finance and Entrepreneurship. Beyond work, Connor serves with several nonprofits and resides in Nashville, TN.

Andy Hau

Vice President of Operations

Originally from Austria, Andy Hau joined Ellsworth Systems as a corporate pilot in 1999, Andy has substantial business background which led him to become the Director of Operations while maintaining his corporate pilot status. After Mr. Ellsworth retired, Andy’s European and multilingual background assisted Ellsworth with establishing a relationship with Reis Eurosystems. This led to Ellsworth Systems becoming Reis Eurosystems’ US representative.

Nancy Smalling

Chief Financial Officer

Nancy Smalling serves Ellsworth as a CPA and Chief Financial Officer. Nancy has worked for several years in Davidson and Williamson Counties in public and private settings. Her concentration within the accounting field has been in financials and taxes. Nancy attended David Libscomb University, in Nashville, TN, and received her degree in Accounting.