An 8(a), HUBZone-certified, Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business Parra Consulting Group Inc. was founded in 2005 by Julio C. Parra. Parra Consulting Group, Inc. provides a variety of professional consultative and operational professional services for both the public and private sectors.
Our experience includes Lean Six Sigma Methodology as well as business process re-engineering methods and tools. In our development of measurement, tracking and reporting tools, we use state-of-the-art technology for the integration of information.
In our program assessment and business area streamlining, we use experienced business area facilitators and analysts to develop process data and business models to facilitate discussion, and gather consensus building with stakeholders at all levels of the organization making current systems work better and last longer.
In a competitive environment, an effective leadership is a necessity. At Parra Consulting Group, Inc. is about getting results the right way. Our leaders continually promote ethical behavior, continuous education, support diversity and make decisions that protect the health and safety of employees. Our leadership’s experience and relationships contribute greatly to the success of the company.
JULIO C. PARRA
President and CEO
After a distinguished, 24 year career in the U.S. Army Special Forces, Mr. Parra, was asked to stay on the job in the immediate aftermath of the 9/11 attacks on America. He remained in uniform and continued work for an additional three years before retiring from the service in 2004. He moved his family back to his home State of Maryland and assumed a position as a Senior Consultant at AQUAS, Inc., a management consulting and information technology firm. Approximately eighteen months later, he struck out on his own and founded Parra Consulting Group, Inc. (PCG), in 2005.
Initially, Mr. Parra sought and fulfilled contract work that was closely related to his personal skills and experiences associated with his military service. Accordingly, he and his associates were engaged to help design and develop mission support requirements for the Adaptive Networks, Threats and Solutions Division of the Army Asymmetric Warfare Office. In many cases the work Mr. Parra and his associates perform has reached the levels of policy development, training and program implementation. Today, these efforts have resulted in specific and tangible solutions that are helping U.S. ground forces to defeat IEDs and other innovative enemy tactics. In pursuit of project requirements, Mr. Parra led a team that brought experiential, knowledge-based solutions to the immediate and apparent requirements of the U.S. Army. Through these professional experiences, Mr. Parra has been able to develop and expand his network of friends, partnerships and importantly – expanded experience in more diversified support service delivery.
During his time in uniform, Mr. Parra completed his Bachelor’s degree in History at Campbell University, as well as multiple graduate degrees in Management, Human Resource Development and Public Administration from the same institution. He also achieved his Master’s in Business Administration from Webster University. Mr. Parra is married, has one son and lives in Maryland.
MARIA JOSE SMITH (Mary Jo)
VP of Operations
In June of 2012, to fulfill the multifaceted demands of the company’s secure information needs, PCG sought out a person of responsibility, skill and experience. Ms. Smith substantially meets these demands and PCG was fortunate to add her talents to the team.
In addition, in May of 2014, Ms. Smith became PCG’s Proposal Manager. Ms. Smith is responsible for the company’s full opportunity life cycle, including positioning to win through branding, marketing, BD, strategic teaming arrangements, and capture as well as proposal management activities. Ms. Smith’s past experiences focused on the world of finance, investment and due-diligence while at Capital Research Global Investors where she worked both in corporate financial research, as well as client/investor information security brings experience in all aspects of business capture and proposal operations.
Ms. Smith holds a bachelor’s degree in International Studies from American University in Washington, D.C. with concentrations in both Middle Eastern and Latin American Affairs.
MARIA P. RODRIGUEZ
Operations Specialist / HR
In May of 2012, the Daily Record of Baltimore announced that Maria P. Rodriguez had been selected as one of Maryland’s Top 100 Women for 2012. This coveted accolade crowned Maria with a statewide recognition that anyone who has ever worked with her, knew was richly deserved. Maria developed her professional skills over a 24-year career and we are privileged to have her as part of the PCG team.
After graduating from John Jay College of Criminal Justice, Ms. Rodriguez earned additional certification from the Paralegal Institute in New York City. She augmented these credentials with multiple certifications as an English-Spanish interpreter, translator for multiple court systems and governmental institutions.
Ms. Rodriguez oversees all administrative operations of PCG including contract administration, legal compliance and human resources. She also serves as an advisor on matters of business planning, marketing and contract execution. Within PCG, she is viewed as the go-to person on any situation requiring application of accrued experiential knowledge and performance execution.