The Pigott Entrepreneurship Lecture


On Wednesday, April 5, join us for an engaging conversation with:

Larry Simkins,
Retired President and CEO at The Washington Companies

The presentation will focus on three main topics:

  1. Mr. Simkins’ winding career path preparing him for the CEO of the Washington Companies including opportunities, challenges, and defining junctures.
  2. The unique entrepreneurial spirit and leadership of five different companies during his time as CEO.
  3. Lessons in leadership embracing challenges and recognizing opportunity.


Larry has been a Trustee at Gonzaga University since 2017 after two terms as a Director of the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis were completed in 2016.

Mr. Simkins recently retired after 21 years as the President and CEO of the Washington Companies. He continues to serve as a Director of Atlas Corp (NYSE: ATCO). The Washington Companies are an international group of private companies owned by industrial entrepreneur Dennis Washington based in Missoula, Montana transacting business in rail and marine transportation, shipyards, mining, environmental construction, heavy equipment sales, and aviation products. Since first joining the Washington Companies in 1988, Mr. Simkins was involved with a number of the companies including Envirocon, Washington Construction Group, Kasler Corporation, and Westran.

GU Jepson Center, Wolff Auditorium
Reception begins at 5:30 p.m.
Lecture and Q&A session 6:00 -8:00 p.m.

This event is free and open to the public! RSVP below! 

Addressing the Anxiety Associated with Finding the Perfect Job and the Fear of Failure: A Lifetime of Lessons
The entrepreneurship lecture is made possible through a permanent endowment established by the Pigott family to educate the next generation of global leaders.

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