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Nearly two years ago, we set out to discover what it means to “be exceptional” in life and in business. We wanted to identify what it takes to have an exceptional life and/or lead an exceptional company. We met with 100’s of people and companies that we believed were truly exceptional because they stood out among the crowd, people were drawn to them, they wanted to be a part of their mission, organization or company.

Through 1,000’s of conversations, we discovered, at least from our perspective, what it means to be exceptional. The formula is quite simple, it can be summarized into two key elements, the first is a commitment and aspiration to become the best version of yourself by having a mindset for continuous improvement in life and/or in business.  The second element, is a desire and focus on helping others become the best they can be in life, personally and professionally.

Simply put, exceptional people and companies strive to be the best they can be. They choose to be a catalyst to others, empowering them to become the best they can be in life and in business.

As the leadership team at Barry Wehmiller puts it, “Build Great People and Watch Them Do Extraordinary Things”

Exceptional people and companies are “people centric” and/or “client centric”, they put the needs of others, their employees and their customers at the core of what they do.  

Meet some of the most exceptional people and companies we have met over the past 2 years…

Meet a few of our Exceptional People


Teri Griege

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Jack Stapleton

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Salvator Zambimana

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Rich McClure

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Tammy Fadler

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Exceptional Person of the Year

Meet John O'Leary

You can’t always choose the path you walk in life, but you can always choose the manner in which you walk it. If you are ready to overcome your challenges and celebrate the joy of today and the possibility of tomorrow, you have found the right place. John O’Leary is ready to guide you and your organization boldly into your inspired life.

John works with hundreds of organizations and thousands of people to transform today’s challenges into a foundation for incredible growth. His inspirational leadership has taught businesses key strategies to succeed in any environment. He empowers thousands of individuals around the world to lead fuller, more significant lives.


"On Fire" by John O'Leary

John O’Leary has lived through worse than most can imagine. At the age of nine, John was severely burned on 100% of his body. No one expected him to survive the first night. But he did. He then survived months in a hospital bed, dozens of surgeries, and years of therapy. Before his tenth birthday, John lost all of his fingers to amputation.

This wasn’t the end. John’s journey was just beginning. From this tragedy, John received the greatest gift – embracing the truth that regardless of our personal and professional challenges, we choose how to.

  • Navigate adversity through decision-making
  • Reveal a brighter vision for what’s possible
  • Live boldly to impact others

Some call John a survivor, but he is so much more than that. John O’Leary is a beacon of hope, and he’s ready to share his message with you. John now lives to share his story and to spark the stories of others living boldly, so that together we can forge an extraordinary future by finding the possibility in the present. Learn more about John O'Leary by clicking here. 

What does it take to be an Exceptional Person? 

Meet a few of our Exceptional Companies


H.E.R.O.E.S Care

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Small Bus. Monthly

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The Ruhlin Group

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Opportunity Int'l

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Exceptional Company of the Year 

Barry Wehmiller / BW Leadership Institute

We believe we can build a better world through business. Our business. Your business. Any business or organization whose leaders believe that the highest purpose of any organization should be to provide meaning and fulfillment to those who dedicate their talent to its goals. After all, a job should offer more than a paycheck. It should offer an empowering environment in which your team members have the opportunity to discover and develop their gifts and talents and apply them toward a shared vision. When that happens, both the business and its people flourish.

 “Everyone wants to do better. Trust them. Leaders are everywhere. Find them. People achieve good things, big and small, every day. Celebrate them. Some people wish things were different. Listen to them. Everyb

"Everybody Matters" by Bob Chapman 

Barry-Wehmiller’s vision states, “We measure success by the way we touch the lives of people.” It doesn’t say “Barry-Wehmiller” people. It is our desire to share our journey and lessons learned; the gifts we’ve been given or discovered, with the world. We were also routinely encouraged by influential people around the world to share our story. We found writing a book was an efficient and effective way of doing this. We also came to the realization that if we want a better world and we believe business has the unique opportunity to be the greatest force of good in our societies, we cannot do it alone. We need other organizations to implement these ideas to truly make a difference in this world. We’ve been working on this since August of 2014 and we’ve been fortunate to work with an amazing team of caring people from our co-author to our publisher and everyone in between. 

We hope that our story deeply influences the way people around the world lead and interact with others. Rather than just a survey or an overview of theories, we hope readers will see BW as a tangible example as what happens when you care for your people like family. We hope people will be inspired to share the read with others as a playbook to how business can be a force of tremendous good in our societies. And we hope that this book is inspirational and aspirational to our own associates as it is to readers outside the Barry-Wehmiller family.

Learn more about Everybody Matters by clicking here. 

What Does It Take To Be An Exceptional Company

Having access to the right connections, at the right time, can be critical to your success. Membership in Arête Network will allow you to connect with incredible people all over the country and provide you with access to our experts.  The Arête Network will ultimately help you accelerate towards your goals in life and in your business. 

Joining Arête will not only provide the ability to connect with all of our members, but once you become a member we will help you learn how to use all the tools within Arête for your personal and professional development. Think of this way, we can provide you with a map, which will get you from point A to point B, however having access to a guide or a group of guides will take you much further than you could go on your own.

Join the Arête Network and start connecting, learning and participating as soon as you join.  Start by sending us the greatest challenge you are facing or the one thing you believe you or your company is good at but want to be exceptional at to  We will provide our thoughts and make the connections you need to accelerate towards your personal, professional and business goals, demonstrating what the Arete Network is all about.

Why The Arête Network?

  • Discover what’s possible in life, personally & professionally
  • Design your execution plan for success
  • Accelerate your growth track
  • Be a thought leader, lead a group discussions
  • Connect with Arête members to leverage their expertise

Your Membership will allow you to:

  • Connect with members in your local area.
  • Leverage from our intellectual and thought provoking insight
  • Learn how to utilize all the tools provided in Arête
  • Use our proven processes to reach your vision
  • Access the resources and experts within Arête 

Learn more about the Arete Network