Our capability is our people.
We only hire qualified people with proven performance and validated experience. Arete’s network of management consultants bring energy, initiative, and imagination to solve our clients’ most pressing mission problems in ways that deliver value and exceed expectations. We work with our clients to develop the solutions that will enable organizations to achieve mission results.
We bring the right people, at the right time to challenge the way things have been done in the past to drive change.
"I was born in a small village outside of Seoul, South Korea and was adopted by an American family when I was 7. I watched my father run a small diner he owned outside of Buffalo, N.Y. During this time, I witnessed the hard work and dedication that was required to make his dream come true. He worked long hours, sacrificed, and poured his heart and soul into his business because he loved every part of it.
Arete's logo matches what we've become, and what we still strive to be, as a maturing small business. It embodies the true definition of Arete, which is to deliver excellence and exceed expectations.
The forward inclining mountain signifies our most important capabilities (people, products, and services), elevating above and beyond.
Our color scheme was inspired by the U.S. Coast Guard, which helped lay the foundation for what Arete is today.
After several years, my dad sold the diner, but my memories of the family business have never faded. I wanted a business of my own, one that my children might want to be part of one day, and one that would help me to give back to a community that I love.
I graduated from the U.S. Coast Guard Academy in 1994 with a degree in Civil Engineering. After serving 2 years in California, I was transferred to Coast Guard Headquarters in Washington D.C. While serving in D.C., I got married, had my first child, and received my Master’s Degree. After 6 years in the Coast Guard, I took a job with Booz Allen, where I spent 13 years as a Manager.
Working at a large firm treated me well, but deep down I knew I was born to run my own small business, just like my father had years ago. I decided to take the leap in the spring of 2016, and Arete was born. Now, my dream is to grow this company into something my father would have been proud of by empowering our employees and giving them the opportunity to realize their dreams."