Walter “Walt” Haley is the president and CEO of FMI Printing and Distribution. After graduating from the University of West Florida with a B.S. in Marketing, Walt worked for National Cash Register (NCR) Corporation as a salesperson before working his way up to zone manager, and eventually district manager. When Walt’s job brought him to Tallahassee, he fell in love with the city and saw an opportunity to start his own business.
Walt started FMI in 1978 when he had the idea to offer a full line of printed products, complimented by an in-depth inventory management program. FMI has since grown to include branch locations in Albany, Ga. and Hattiesburg, Miss. and today also offers services that include digital on-demand printing, office products, office furniture and promotional products.
“I’ve always loved my work and what I do,” said Walt, “but I really love being able to truly be a part of the greater Tallahassee community, and even more so, finding ways to give back to the community.”
Walt is highly active in the Tallahassee community and has been involved in the Tallahassee Chamber of Commerce; served as the president of the Leon High School Foundation; served as a member of the FSU Foundation; lectured at both Tallahassee Community College and Leon High School to business classes on entrepreneurship; coached little league baseball and youth football; and served as both a past chairman and a current member of the Tallahassee Memorial Healthcare (TMH) Foundation.
“I’ve been involved with the TMH Foundation for about 20 years now,” said Walt. “Being a Trustee lets me help people in the community. When you’re involved with the TMH Foundation, you’re not just helping those who are sick, but you’re also helping the overall wellness of the community– and that gives me a good feeling.”
When Walt isn’t enjoying the various fundraisers and activities of the TMH Foundation – such as the annual golf tournament, Tee Off for Tots – you can find him spending time with his family. Together, Walt and his wife Carolyn have three children, John, Brian and Nicole, and seven grandchildren. In his free time, Walt enjoys traveling, reading, hunting, fishing and woodworking.