Julia Montgomery Walsh's peers in the business community recognize her professional accomplishments, most recently by nominating her to be a director of Esmark Inc.

Before founding the investment firm of Julia Walsh & Sons Inc. in 1977, she served for over 20 years as a registered representative, general partner, senior vice president and vice chairman of Ferris & Co. She is now chairman of the board of Julia Walsh & Sons Inc.

From 1972 to 1976, Walsh was the first woman governor and exchange official of the American Stock Exchange. She was also the first woman to be accepted by and graduated from the Harvard Graduate School of Business advanced management program.

She is a member of the Services Policy Advisory Committee to the U.S. Trade Representative, a director of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, of Pitney Bowes and of the National Board of the Shrine of the Immaculate Conception.

Last week she was nominated as a director of Esmark, a Chicago-based holding company with major interests in foods, personal products, chemicals and high fidelity and automotive products. Esmark owns International Playtex Inc., Swift & Co., Estech Inc. and Estronics Inc.

Walsh also has been chosen as the 1982 recipient of the Achievement Award of the American Association of University Women.