Doug Patrick

Doug has over 30 years of innovative and strategic leadership experience and most recently held the position of Senior Vice President of Human Resources for a major hospitality company. Doug is very active in giving back to the community with a variety of organizations.  He is an accomplished executive coach, organizational change leader and has a passion supporting successful senior leaders to achieve results boldly!


Tim Shaffer

Coach, Speaker, Life-long Learner. Tim Shaffer has over 30 years of business operations and talent development experience. Most recently, Tim led Learning, Leadership Development and Performance Management for Hyatt Hotels Corporation. Tim is sought after for his executive coaching, leadership development and team coaching practices.

Who We Are

"Arete" (AIR eh tey) is a greek word meaning to fulfill one's purpose with excellence. We equip leaders, teams and organizations to lead boldly, strategically and tap into the power of conflict to overcome business challenges. We have spent most of our lifetimes studying and learning human behavior, learning techniques and leadership qualities, in order to support organizations to succeed!

Our Bios

Doug Patrick Bio (pdf)


Tim Shaffer Bio (pdf)



We believe in being trusted partners for life.  We are not in it for the quick fix. We believe that in order to sustain long lasting change and success we need to be there for you well beyond our initial engagement. Our company has created a variety of ways for you to stay connected with us, our expertise and knowledge.


We believe in focusing on the whole person and team, not just making small incremental changes. Our holistic approach is tailored towards you achieving your best results through bold actions!


We know how important it is today to stay nimble and flexible to meet your changing needs.  While we have a trusted framework for leadership and team success, we can adjust according to your specific challenges.