Consulting/Facilitation

Ara teaching a classA number of my clients have brought me in to manage the decision process when key leaders from opposing constituencies needed to come together and hash out differences, air opposing views, and eventually come to an agreement. They needed someone who didn’t have a dog in that particular fight, and I was their facilitator of choice. In every instance, I have been successful in bringing out the best — the synergies — of all groups involved in ways that are dispassionate, unbiased, and effective.


What Ara's clients are saying...

Samantha Berns

I am so excited to see you will be sharing your knowledge and self with more people. I will never forget you helping me with my resume. . . and gain direction. I now head the recruiting and talent acquisition for 4 companies. And honestly would not be here if not for you. Thank you always!

Samantha Berns
Talent Acquisition Partner
JUNO

Nestle Business Services

Please accept my personal thanks for your recent support to Nestle Business Services and the Nestle family of companies in North America during our Pallet Conference. Your presentation on negotiations was exactly what was needed to help align our internal stakeholders with our strategic sourcing approach. Your effective facilitation of our strategy discussion led to an outcome that I don’t believe would have been possible had we led the discussion ourselves. Having attended other meetings where you have either functioned as an instructor or facilitator, I knew that I could expect a high level of professionalism and an engaging, even entertaining dialogue. Given my high expectations, I was pleasantly surprised to see my expectations exceeded as you were able to quickly move the group beyond the obvious issues, identify key strategy issues and prioritize those issues with buy-in from a diverse group of internal stakeholders. The only thing I would have changed would be to have scheduled more time for you to spend with the group.

Niels R. Martin
Group Manager, MRO – North America Purchasing
Nestle Business Services

International Trading University

The work you have performed for me and my company in the field of customer service in general, and in the field of leadership in particular, has set you apart from your competition. The curriculum and program materials you developed for me are of the highest quality; your ideas are sound; your ability to teach is engaging; and your completion of this project ahead of time lines was wonderful – and unexpected. However, my highest compliment to you is the following: you really understood our business. I look forward to working with you again.

Craig Dinkel
President and CEO
International Trading University

Medical Group Insurance Services

I’ve hired Ara on a number of occasions as a speech writer because, although I’m a reasonably good speech writer myself, I recognize talent when I see it. He’s a very gifted speaker and speech writer, and I anticipate turning to him many times in the future.

Jeff Brunken
President
Medical Group Insurance Services

Royce Medical

Ara, thank you for your assistance with respect to my rep. Your perspective and the detailed guidance you shared was very helpful to me. I studied the notes from our meeting and acted on them today by holding a meeting with him (as you had suggested). From this meeting I learned what it is that motivates him, why he’s having some challenges, and, he shared some concerns that we were able to discuss (and begin to resolve). I’m hopeful that today will mark the beginning of a prosperous career for him. Your input was key to getting us moving in the right direction. Thank you Ara!

Kim Johnson
Inside Sales Manager
Royce Medical