Chief Digital Officer & CIO
Technology, Change Leader
Atlanta, GA, USA
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Walt Cart is the Chief Digital Officer and CIO of HOMESTAR Financial Corporation. With more than twenty-five years in technology leadership roles, Walt specializes in change leadership and technology innovation.
Prior to joining HOMESTAR Financial Corporation as Chief Digital Officer and CIO in March of 2018, Walt and his teams implemented technology changes for Primary Capital Mortgage to drive 205% growth in origination volume in just over two years. Before that, his teams at Generation Mortgage received accolades from the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, Kiplinger’s, Bloomberg and MarketWatch for innovative use of technology as a key differentiator for the company.
Walt is adept at working through complex business challenges and has successfully implemented several enterprise-wide packaged software solutions. Walt is a frequent speaker to professional groups on the topics of change leadership and using culture as a lever for optimization. His signature talk on “Lessons from Nuclear Silos and Cold War Command Posts” frequently gets tears flowing and standing ovations.
After earning a BS in Physics from Guilford College, he began his career as a technical officer in the US Air Force supporting nuclear weapons systems and serving in a variety of challenging Cold War assignments. Since then he has served in a variety of technology leadership roles with companies such as Fidelity, Gannett, BDM, TRW, and Ajilon Consulting. While at TRW, he won the President’s Award for his leadership on their largest commercial project. Walt was named CIO of the Year in 2014 by the Georgia CIO Leadership Association and more recently has been named to the Constellation Research “Business Transformation 150” for 2020 and received a fourth nomination for CIO of the Year in Georgia. His book on change leadership, We Can’t Stay Here!, is an international best seller.
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