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The why, who, how and what of an "exceptional" company or service provider...

Gary Baker

The “Be Exceptional Project” 

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, people wanted to be a part of their mission, organization or company. They were being sought after, not seeking – truly exceptional.
Through the 1,000’s of conversations, we discovered, at least from our perspective, what it means and what it takes to be exceptional. The formula is quite simple, 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.

Join Us For Two “Exceptional Events”

Are you In search of “Exponential Growth" in your business? 
If you are in business development or looking to grow your business at an exponential rate, then join us on April 4th or have someone from your company represent your company.  We have entered the “Age of the Customer”. If you want to compete in the world of “Sales” or “Business Development” and achieve exponential growth, this discussion will provide the framework to do so.  Register by clicking here or going to and searching for “Arete Core 100”.
Are you interested in learning how being “People Centric” can change the trajectory of your life and your business?
Join us on April 12th to discover the “purpose” behind designing an exceptional life, family and company. We will provide the framework to take you from “Being Good” to “Being Exceptional” in all aspects of life and business.  We have some exceptional people joining us this day, join to us to connect and become a part of our “Exceptional Company” launch in St. Louis. Register by clicking here or going to and search for “Be Exceptional Project”. 

If you are not located in St. Louis but want to learn more about how we can launch a "Be Exceptional Project" in your community, contact us at