About Us

Our name was inspired by the Greek word Arête, meaning excellence in all things.

After many years of experience in business operations, Arete was founded by Chris Belna. Chris wanted to build a Human Capital Management and Payroll company that would challenge the current industry. Arete is built on a foundation of excellent customer service, outstanding value for every client, and personalized solutions.

Our passion and dedication to the client experience is what drives us. By providing great service and unique, helpful resources, our clients are free to focus on strategic development and growth.

Our Team


Director of Treats & Belly Rubs


Chief of Storytelling

Lesley Wilcox

Director of Operations

Dalton Mahan

Business Development Manager

Katy Carlton

Senior Payroll & Implementation Specialist

Heather Hnatko

Client Specialist

Tara Collins

Client Specialist

When Chris Belna saw there was a need for a payroll company that offered a number of HR options for companies to pick and choose their services, she decided to create ARETE. They are taking care of our payroll needs now. Every time I have called with questions or requests, the staff has been attentive and thorough. They are patient and professional.
I am always impressed by their level of dedication to research what is new in their industry and to take the time to learn all about it so they can offer the most up to date services. I would highly recommend Arete for all your service needs.

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Lisa Thurston Branch Operations Manager

I cannot say enough “good” about Arete HCM Solutions! Having a service that cares about perfection, follows through and generally cares about my business is quite a bit different than the “big” services out there. I cannot recommend them enough!

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Paul Fried President

We have been using Arete payroll services since their inception and have not had one question or issue that they have not handled immediately and effectively. Great job!

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Chris Avery COO of IBN Financial

We switched our payroll to Arete in the Spring of 2020 and I could not be happier with the customer service I have received. They are here for me every step of the way!

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Dan Deyle Owner Michael Grimm Landscape & Tree Service

You have our word:

Our clients will always be treated in a kind and ethical manner. We will offer valuable services, pleasant experiences and personal, first-class assistance. We will strive to meet your needs and exceed your expectations. Your confidential matters will be respected and your business will be taken seriously.

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