Why We’re Different

AArete’s mission is to increase client profitability while improving the capabilities of our clients’ people. We believe that any organization can succeed by enriching and empowering its people. Our own people empower our vision to be a premier global management consulting firm that Fortune 500 and leading organizations trust. Derived from the Greek word “arete,” embodying excellence, goodness and virtue, an extra “A” was added to honor our founder’s original partnership at Arthur Andersen & Co. AArete leverages four major factors in differentiating from other consultancies in our quest to serve our clients.

We guarantee results

Your project will have a positive return on your investment in our work. Of the hundreds of projects over 11 years of experience, we’ve never missed a guarantee.

We help implement

We don’t just recommend a strategy and walk away. The same team both devises and implements your strategy, start to finish. We work alongside you for a smooth transition to a sustainable future as a part of our strategy

We have market intelligence

Our proprietary Knowledge Management Center is a repository of business cases, case studies and other intellectual property covering thousands of projects over 30 years. This database helps our staff work smarter, just like your data can help your staff work smarter

All of our strategies are data driven

The data scientists at our Center of Data Excellence (CODE) reside at the heart of our company. We use big data to make a big impact.


Rising Stars of the Profession

AArete’s leadership has been named to Consulting Magazine’s “Rising Stars of the Profession” list for three consecutive years. Paul Schuhmacher, Jackie Ferguson and Maulik Bhagat have been named.

Fast Fifty

AArete was named to Crain’s Chicago Business “Fast Fifty” list in 2019, 2018 and 2016.

Fastest Growing Private Company in America

AArete was named to the Inc 5000 List of Fastest Growing Private Companies in America for four consecutive years in 2019, 2018, 2017, and 2016.

Best Places to Work

AArete was named to Crain’s Chicago Business list of Best Places to Work in 2017.

Top Workplaces

The Chicago Tribune named AArete to its 2017 list of Top Workplaces.

Top 25 Consultants

Managing Director Katie O’Connell was named to Consulting Magazine’s 2018 list of Top 25 Consultants for her excellence in leadership.

Fastest Growing Firms

AArete was named to Consulting Magazine’s Fastest Growing Firms list in 2018 and 2017.

Best Small Firm to Work For

AArete was recognized as one of the Best Small firms to Work for by Consulting Magazine in 2018.

Top Company Cultures

AArete was recognized by Entrepreneur Magazine in 2018 as a Top Company Culture among medium-sized companies.