Baltimore-based SHIFT Announces Exemplary Performance Acquisition


SHIFT, a Baltimore-based management consulting and recruiting company, announced today it has acquired Annapolis-based Exemplary Performance.

The acquisition will allow SHIFT to enhance its consulting business and grow its team to nearly 50 people across its Baltimore, MD, Washington, DC and Boston, MA offices.

Founded in 2004, Exemplary Performance is a consulting firm that works with Fortune 500 companies focusing on employee performance by identifying star performers that set the tone for the organization. The company works with clients that include Microsoft, FedEx, Ford, Boeing, and HSBC Group to improve revenue and bottom-line performance.

The Exemplary Performance team will also join SHIFT and its founder and CEO, Paul Elliott, will assume the role of Principal and Partner.

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“For more than 30 years, Paul has successfully mastered the science behind human learning and improving systems within organizations to help them grow,” said Joe Mechlinski, founder and CEO of SHIFT. “We’ve had the privilege of working with Paul and his team for several years now. His experience will have a remarkable impact on SHIFT and our clients.”

As Principal and Partner of SHIFT, Elliott will continue to work with enterprise clients and focus on building SHIFT’s presence on the West Coast.

“Joining forces with SHIFT was a logical next step for Exemplary Performance. We now have the ability to accelerate and scale the practice,” added Elliott. “Together, we can architect fully integrated programs for companies with a complete set of tools from hiring high performers to process improvement and maximizing systems that will enable growth.”

In 2017, SHIFT, which was formerly known as entreQuest, rebranded the organization creating a collective of businesses that include SHIFT Consulting, SHIFT Recruiting, SHIFT Society, and SHIFT Ventures.

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About SHIFT:

SHIFT (formerly entreQuest) is the only business collective brave and bold enough to shift the work world to transform the real world. SHIFT helps businesses, ranging from Fortune 500 to mid-sized companies, solve their most pressing issues, achieve ambitious goals, and capitalize on their greatest opportunities, to grow regardless. SHIFT’s core businesses are: SHIFT Consulting, SHIFT Recruiting, SHIFT Society, and SHIFT Ventures. Underlying everything SHIFT does is its triple-impact cornerstone: 1) Shift the work world to transform the real world, 2) The SHIFT 10X Effect (for every brand we work with, we help 10 more), and 3) Re-calibrating Corporate Social Responsibility to the highest standard.

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