Herb Washington is a 1972 graduate of Michigan State University. While there he was a 4-Time All-American in Track and Field, former World Record Holder in Track and Field at 50 and 60 yards, and was on MSU’s NCAA Championship and Big Ten Championship teams. After college, he was drafted by the Baltimore Colts and played professional baseball for the World Champion Oakland A’s.
As a businessman, Herb was employed by Michigan Bell Telephone company as the Assistant Personnel Director and has been a McDonald’s owner for 23 years, currently owning 23 restaurants. He is one of the largest African American McDonald’s Owner/Operators and was recognized by Black Enterprise Magazine as one of the top 100 black owned companies for retail in the United States.
Herb is a member of the Youngstown Chamber of Commerce, member of the Board of Directors of the Manufacturers and Traders Bank in Buffalo, New York, and a member of the Big Ten Athletic Advisory Commission. He is a former member of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York and a former member of the New York State Boxing Commission.
Herb is the recipient of the N.C.A.A. Silver Anniversary Award for community and civic leadership, McDonald’s Gerry Newman Award, member of the Flint, Michigan Hall of Fame and member of the Michigan State Hall of Fame.