The Canton Group

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Location: Baltimore, MD
Founded: 1998
Industry: Technology services

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The Canton Group

Ethan Kazi


“Working at a fast-growing company is like rebuilding your car while driving 90 mph down the highway,” says Ethan Kazi, CEO of The Canton Group. “It can be exhilarating and scary at the same time. … You will undoubtedly encounter some speed bumps and lose some crew members along the way.” But despite the unpredictability of fast growth, The Canton Group has become an established presence in software engineering. Its customers include the departments of Defense, Transportation and the Interior, the IRS, the University of Maryland, and Johns Hopkins.

Quick Tip: “Never lose your resolve and question your why. Sometimes the market isn’t ready for you, so be patient and get ready.”

Kazi credits The Canton Group’s success in part to the company’s strict adherence to its core values, which are integrity (be honest and fair), excellence (high standards and quality), trust (able to be relied on to do or provide what is needed or right) and agility (able to quickly adjust to present and future conditions). “Adherence to our core values has been instrumental in building a trusted brand that our clients can depend on,” Kazi says. “When your clients love the services you provide, … they become your company’s most effective sales agents. … It is a very exciting time to be working in the technology industry, and we are looking forward to what the future brings.”