The purpose of this blog is so you can learn a little about my background given my candidacy for the Shelby School Board, and learn how to contact me regarding issues facing our schools.

Walborn Family

Walborn Family

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Shelby Soccer!

While Karen volunteers with theater productions, I love soccer! I am a licensed soccer coach and have coached girls soccer teams of various ages for over 10 years. The team pictured in this photo was a special year for me since TWO of my daughters were on the team (Alexandra #2, Brittany #6, and me on right). Head coach Frank Zarate led this team to a fantastic season. Go Shelby Soccer!

Monday, March 22, 2010

Shelby Grad on Capitol Hill - Alexandra Now

Our daughter Alexandra worked last semester as an intern on Capitol Hill for our congressman, Pete Hoekstra. (Pete is now the frontrunner in the polls to become the next Governor of Michigan!) Alexandra is now back at college preparing for study abroad in Europe next semester.

MBA at Univ of Chicago - Alexandra Then

I received my MBA in Finance at the University of Chicago in 1990. This is where Alexandra was born. Karen and I are enjoying a sunny Spring day in early 1990.

Shelby Daughter Now In College

Here is the little Britt at a college football game with her roomie.

Sunday, March 21, 2010

Shelby HS Show Choir Performs at the Frauenthal!

This is the Shelby High School Show Choir preparing for their performance of "Thriller" at the Muskegon Frauenthal Theatre. They represented Shelby very well last week in this performance at "Showcase". My daughter, Abby, is third from the right. Karen helped with their hair and makeup.

Halloween at Benona Elem

My youngest daughter, Halle, attends Benona Elementary. Here she is with friends at their school Halloween party. Halle is on the right as the Cat in the Hat. Next to her are Katrina Smith, Natalie Fox, and Ashley F.

Hablo Espanol! (I am Fluent in Spanish)

A mis amigos que hablan Espanol, puedo decir que nos entendemos. Yo vivia en Bolivia para dos anos mientras que estudiaba en la universidad. Yo estaba sirviendo una mision para mi iglesia. Aunque son mas que 25 anos desde que yo vivia alli, todavia mantengo mi amor para la gente hispana. He visitado Mexico y Honduras muchas veces y me encanta visitar alli cuando puedo. La cosa que me gusta mas es el futbol!

Daughter in School Play

This is my daughter, Abby, in the recent high school play, "A Seussified Romeo and Juliet". Abby is second from the left.

Purple and White Day

This is my daughter, Nancy, dressing up for Spirit Week this year at the Shelby Middle School.

Shelby School Video

This is an excellent video about Shelby Public Schools. I appear in the video in the first 15 seconds as a proud parent expressing my great satisfaction with our schools. I also appear a little after halfway through the video speaking about how SHS helped prepare my daughter for college.

Shortly after that is my favorite scene - Soccer! In the "sports" section of the video, a scene shows Ashley Hoekenga taking a corner kick for a spectacular header goal. Ashley is also seen in the first 5 seconds of the video doing an amazing flip throw-in, a rare skill for a high school player. Go Shelby Soccer!

Click on the following link:

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Remembering 911

Having worked on Wall Street and fearing I had friends in the rubble of the World Trade Towers, I was able to go volunteer in the search effort the next day (9/12/01). This is a link to the news story:

My Company

Hawken Energy is a manufacturing company that I started in 2004 in the Shelby Industrial Park. We employ from 7 to 50 employees throughout the year depending upon seasonal demand, and some of our employees are SHS graduates. We manufacture and distribute outdoor wood furnaces and and supplies to customers in 22 states. We are very proud of our team, our Shelby heritage, and the products we produce.

Here is a link to our website:

Daughter Singing on SHS Stage

This is a link to a video of my daughter, Alexandra, in her last vocal performance on the stage of Shelby High School. Enjoy!

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Shelby Graduation

This is Karen and I with Alexandra when she graduated from Shelby in 2007.

Daughter in School Play

Here is a photo of Karen and I with our daughter, Brittany, who played the role of Peter Pan in a Shelby school production. Karen (the artist of the family) did Brittany's costume, hair and make-up!

Professional Background

Warren W. Walborn
A seasoned business leader, Mr. Walborn’s career includes a blend of experience in Wall Street M&A, energy corporation, and venture capital venues. Mr. Walborn has an outstanding record of creating value while maintaining a strict bottom-line orientation. Currently, he is President and CEO of Hawken Energy, Inc., a start-up company focused on the innovative use of renewable fuels to provide low cost energy solutions for its customers. Prior to launching this company, Mr. Walborn was Managing Director of Pentwater Group, LLC, a boutique advisory firm dedicated to supporting companies through early stages of development and growth.

During 2002, Mr. Walborn served as the CEO and board member of a client company, AirMatrix Technologies, Inc., a medical device company focused on sleep disorder diagnosis. Mr. Walborn successfully navigated this company from its inception through a negotiated sale to a publicly traded medical device company. Through Mr. Walborn’s efforts, bridge loan investors in AirMatrix received a 20 percent cash on cash IRR during the worst year in recorded history for such investments.

In a prior assignment, Mr. Walborn was a Venture Partner for EnerTech Capital, the preeminent venture capital firm in the energy and communications industries with $285 million under management. In this assignment, Mr. Walborn assisted EnerTech with investment sourcing, analysis and negotiations, and coordinated a merger for a portfolio company.

In his prior position, Mr. Walborn was head of venture investments in new energy technology companies at American Electric Power, one of the largest utilities in the United States. In this capacity, Mr. Walborn also directed investment management of AEP’s portfolio of such companies. Mr. Walborn served on the board of PHPK Technologies, a company focused on superconductivity products which has doubled revenues every two years since becoming a portfolio company under Mr. Walborn’s direction. Further, he was a member of the AEP Corporate Technology Council, and Patent Review Committee. Mr. Walborn is the inventor of US Patent No. 6,522,031, “A Power Load Leveling System and Packet Electrical Energy Storage” and other patent pending devices.

Mr. Walborn joined AEP from the U.S. Generating Company where he directed project finance and M&A activities. In the five years Mr. Walborn was with the company, USGen was transformed from a small developer into the largest domestic independent power producer with over 10,000 megawatts of capacity under management. Prior to that position, he worked at Goldman, Sachs & Co. as a consultant. Mr. Walborn started his career with GE Capital in their leveraged buyout group.

Mr. Walborn earned an MBA with Honors in Finance from the University of Chicago Graduate School of Business where he was a LEAD Fellow and a May Scholar. He is also a graduate of Brigham Young University, where he received his bachelor's degree in economics. Prior to his university studies, Mr. Walborn attended Hawken School, a nationally-recognized college preparatory school located near Cleveland, Ohio.

Mr. Walborn lives in Shelby, Michigan with his wife, Karen, and their five daughters.