Executive Spotlights Cover Crucial Topics in GovCon

EM Logo_ExecutiveBizExecutive spotlights, which ExecutiveBiz conducts with leaders in government contracting, are customized Q&A’s focusing on the company’s and lives of leaders in the government contracting industry.

There are a number of topics that ExecutiveBiz covers in these interviews which include the current federal government budget uncertainty, company plans for M&A activity and international market expansion and what the executive has learned at previous industry and government roles which currently make them a better executive.

In a recent interview with Clay Hale, senior vice president and CFO at Siemens Government Technologies, ExecutiveBiz asked him about budget restraints in the federal government and how it effects his company.

“We’re focused on improving healthcare, smart buildings and installations, energy efficiency and infrastructure upgrades, energy security and resiliency and improving automation through our innovative engineering… the savings that are realized from lower power costs are used to pay off the cost of the building upgrades and improvements,” he said.

ExecutiveBiz also spoke with Susan Chodakewitz, president of Tetra Tech AMT, and asked her about the company’s international market expansion.

“Another key leverage point for us is Tetra Tech’s international presence,” she said. “We have more than 330 offices worldwide, many of which are in the specific regions that we are targeting.”

As another example of the type of questions ExecutiveBiz asks GovCon executives, Lou Crenshaw, principal for Grant Thornton, spoke about his role as head of the Navy Department’s $130 billion budget and his days as a commanding officer of an attack squadron in Desert Storm. 

He said of his war time experience, “when I was honored to be a commanding officer of a squadron during the first Desert Storm we were flying combat missions and that tends to realign your priorities.”

“One of the first things I say now [during a supposed crisis] is, “Has anybody been killed?, is nuclear war imminent?” Well, no. Okay, then, it can’t be that bad,” he said.

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