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Toups, John oral history

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John Toups, the former CEO of Planning Research Corporation (PRC), describes his early career as a civil engineer which led him to form the consulting firm Toups Engineering, which consulted to local government and private real estate developers in Southern California on water and land use issues. In 1970, Toups Engineering was acquired by PRC and Toups continued to run it as an independent unit within the corporate structure until 1973 when he put in charge of all of PRC’s engineering companies.
In 1977 he was named President and CEO of PRC. He describes the multiple lines of business that PRC had been in as a result of multiple acquisitions and how, under his leadership, the company was restructured to be more focused, including an expansion of federal government business, and how their engineering work eventually was replaced by an emphasis on IT services. He describes the process of marketing to the federal government including PRC’s approach to bidding and preparing proposals and also describes some of the work that they undertook for governments in other countries. He talks about how PRC itself went through a series of acquisitions in the 1980s and 1990s until it was acquired by Litton Industries which was subsequently acquired by Northrup Grumman.




Grier, David Alan, Interviewer
Johnson, Luanne, Editor
Toups, John, Interviewee


Computer History Museum

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Falls Church, Virginia


43 p.




Ashland Technology; BDM; Litton Industries; Northrop Grumman; Orange County Water District; Black & Decker; Cortese, Ross; Defense Mapping Agency; Emhart; Fullerton, California; Hodson, Bill; Kennedy Space Center; Planning Research Corporation (PRC); Rand Corporation; Santa Paula Water District; Sarnoff, Robert; Seal Beach, California; Scott, Peter; Strategic Air Command; Toups Engineering; Toups, John; World Wide Military Command and Control System

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Oral history collection


Software Industry Special Interest Group

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