Montana industrialist Dennis R. Washington founded The Washington Companies, a group of privately held individual companies in the United States, Canada, China and Russia. Dennis built a worldwide heavy construction business that he sold in 2007. Today, he owns companies in mining, railroads, marine transportation, shipbuilding, heavy equipment sales and environmental remediation. These operations include the largest privately held railroad in the U.S., heavy equipment dealerships in the U.S. and Russia, and one of Canada’s largest marine service companies. In addition, Dennis owns major interests in aviation services and one of the world’s leading containership owner/managers. In 1988, Dennis and his wife Phyllis created the Dennis & Phyllis Washington Foundation, a private family foundation dedicated to making an investment in people to improve the quality of their lives.