Founder/Owner - The Washington Companies

Dennis R. Washington

Dennis R. Washington is founder of The Washington Companies, a dynamic group of privately held individual companies in the United States, Canada and China.

A self-made industry leader, Dennis built a heavy construction business that he sold in 2007. Today he owns companies in mining, rail and marine transportation, shipbuilding, heavy equipment sales, environmental remediation, and aviation services. These operations include the largest privately held railroad in the United States, a historic Montana copper mine, one of Canada’s largest marine services companies, and a worldwide containership leasing company. His inspiring journey has been described as having achieved the American Dream. In 1988, Dennis and his wife Phyllis created the Dennis and Phyllis Washington Foundation, a private family foundation dedicated to making an investment in people to improve the quality of their lives. Dennis has been recognized and honored by both peers and business and service organizations for his success and philanthropy, including the Horatio Alger Association’s highest honor, the Norman Vincent Peale Award.