Arc Aspicio is a strategy, design, management, and technology consulting firm with a specialized focus on Government and homeland security. A rapidly growing company, Arc Aspicio focuses on innovation and provides senior-level attention on each individual project for our clients. As Arc Aspicio embarks on a bold strategy for the next three years, the firm’s goal is to maintain its current differentiators (the mission, our methodology) while focusing on expanding its capabilities in data analytics, design thinking, and reinventing consulting to take advantage of its network of relationships in our market, says CEO Lynn Ann Casey. Casey sat down with Consulting to discuss the firm’s extraordinary performance and No. 14 ranking.
Consulting: What were the main factors that contributed to your firm’s exceptional growth?
Casey: Our disciplined strategic planning process and focus on developing our talented employees to be leaders at all levels substantially contributed to our growth. In addition, our laser focus on the homeland security mission means that we can offer unique value to our Government clients in a complex and budget constrained environment.
Consulting: How is this year shaping up for your firm?
Casey: 2016 is a strong year for Arc Aspicio with an estimated 10% growth. We expanded our capabilities with several interesting projects in design thinking and human capital. We have a very strong backlog for 2017 at the end of 2016 and excited for the year ahead.
Consulting: How would you describe your firm’s outlook for 2017? Where do you see the most opportunities?
Casey: We are completing our first of our bold three-year strategy focused on design thinking. Our most significant opportunities for 2017 include human capital, information technology, design thinking, and cyber security. We anticipate some level of market change based on the election results. The company is well-positioned to execute on our strategy based on the Government’s recent focus on innovation.
Consulting: What would you say are your firm’s biggest challenges in 2017?
Casey: As the gig economy grows, we see talent as the top challenge. Our Talent 2020 initiative focuses on expanding our career tracks to take advantage of consulting talent on an ‘as needed’ basis. It also includes focus on expanding our recruiting sources, behavior-based interviewing, and expanding the use of case study interviews. Competition with large firms becomes more difficult as the large firms become more price competitive—so that will be a major focus as we enter 2017.
Consulting: What does being named one of Consulting’s Fastest Growing Firms mean to your firm, your employees and your clients?
Casey: Our clients understand that as we grow and develop our internal capabilities (skills, methods, accelerators, etc.), they will have quick access to these. This award gives them confidence that we continue to grow and will provide even more capabilities in the future. Our employees are thrilled to be recognized as part of a growing firm in a market that has been very challenging. They also know they’ll have additional opportunities for leadership positions and to continue to learn while supporting clients in a mission area that is interesting to them.