Carey Smith, President and CEO of Parsons, discusses growth strategy and corporate culture at Baird’s 2021 Government and Defense Conference


Carey SmithPresident and CEO of Parsons and three-time Wash100 award winner, met Pierre Armentsenior research analyst for Baird, during the Wednesday 2021 edition Government and Defense Conference to provide insight into Parsons’ growth strategies, national security efforts, and the influence emerging technologies are having on business and the future of warfare.

“First and foremost, we have an established growth strategy that we call ‘people first,’” Smith said during his session. “That’s what Parsons is in the federal market. is our culture. I think we’re different, but it’s all about the people. Employee engagement is what makes our business strong in this market and I’m here to support them, not the other way around.

With 700 people in attendance Wednesday and hundreds more watching Baird’s conference virtually, Smith also discussed Parsons’ specific growth goals and strategies as well as the current administration’s efforts to improve critical infrastructure, future capabilities of war and their influence on our technology. progress and key areas of interest for Parsons.

“We will continue to focus on the same areas. I always stress the word focus,” Smith explained. “We are in a lot of different markets and it’s really about choosing the high growth markets that are profitable and where we can differentiate ourselves.

It comes down to what we plan to be in cyberspace, missile, defense, and C5ISR on the federal side. And on the critical infrastructure side, it will be transportation, environmental sanitation, water, wastewater, and smart mobility. You can also expect a lot of M&A activity from Parsons, as well as significant progress in our internal research and development efforts.

Baird’s Government and Defense Conference provides a forum for discussion of key industry trends and market insights, as well as networking with industry leaders, government officials and capital providers .

The event was available for in-person attendance and was also offered virtually to senior executives to gain access to the impressive presentations and fireside chats, industry panels and networking opportunities.