President and Partner
Scott Wald, Founder of SurePayroll (former Walker Sands client)
Ken Gaebler is the founder and chairman of Walker Sands. In serving our clients, the agency and others who need help, Ken leverages 30 years’ experience in problem solving. After initially working as a management consultant at Accenture and McKinsey & Company, Ken transitioned into tech startups when he got tired of making PowerPoint decks and telling others what to do – especially when he wasn’t sure he could do it himself.
As a tech entrepreneur Ken raised $23 million for his startups, selling one company at a price that his investors still high five him for. He’s also failed miserably at one high-profile venture and acquired other companies. Along the way Ken has learned hundreds of small, valuable lessons (usually the hard way) about what works – and what doesn’t – when aspiring toward greatness.
Ken’s journey through the tech startup scene led him to discover and fall in love with the power of great marketing, the ability to transform organizations, accelerate success and improve the world. He started Walker Sands after the Dotcom crash with two goals: The first was to fill a big gap in the agency landscape. The second was to be a partner who truly cared about client success, is deeply skilled and innovative in all aspects of integrated marketing – and who constantly plays for high score.
Ken’s favorite client engagements are those where Walker Sands is brought in to help with serious challenges and business objectives – and we crush the results, knock the ball out of the park and amaze the client. The list is too long and fast-growing to mention here. Ask Ken about it. His greatest pride is that the agency has become one of the top B2B marketing agencies in the country, attracting some of the most amazing people in the world and helping them get even better.
Personal life and interests for Ken? When he’s not working, Ken is usually thinking about work, but hopes to spend more time on other passions soon: family, friends, advising young entrepreneurs, playing bridge, watching soccer (no longer a weekend soccer warrior after blowing out his ankle), his beloved book club and trying to figure out how to make a screwed-up world at least a little bit better.