Federal Contractors/Technology: WILLIAM H. ‘BILL’ DEAN
CEO AND PRESIDENT, M.C. DEAN INC., TYSONS
When Dean took over as CEO of the electrical engineering firm founded by his grandfather in 1949, M.C. Dean had “150 good employees with good DNA and a great work ethic,” Dean told Virginia Business in 2020.
Dean joined the company in 1990 to start its technology division and became president and CEO in 1997. M.C. Dean now has more than 5,100 employees worldwide, with more than 2,000 located in Virginia. The company reported more than $1.3 billion in revenue in fiscal 2021.
In 2021, M.C. Dean expanded its Center for Innovation and Industry in Caroline County to include production and manufacturing space for ModularMEP, the company’s line of modular electrical buildings, rooms and assemblies that are shipped to project sites around the country. In late 2021, the company won a $250 million contract to provide electronic and physical security systems for the Pentagon and other Department of Defense facilities.
Dean was inducted into alma mater North Carolina State University’s Electrical and Computer Engineering Hall of Fame in 2015. He serves on the Washington Airports Task Force’s board of directors.