LEADERSHIP

OUR LEADERSHIP

Chambers’ success and strategic direction is guided by a team of innovators who lead by example. Their drive, dedication, and commitment set high standards, push boundaries, and encourage collaboration and creativity to consistently propel the firm forward.

Robert Hickman

Chairman of the Board

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Good design shouldn't be a luxury. It should make our work easier and our lives happier.

Bob Hickman

Bio

Bob Hickman joined Chambers in 1972 as an interior designer and by 1981 was named President—the first individual to hold the position who was not a member of the Chambers family. In 2001, Bob became the Owner/CEO and in 2009, he assumed his current position as Chairman of the Board. Today, Bob continues to advise on the firm’s strategic decisions and overall design efforts. Throughout his more than 45 years at Chambers, Bob’s leadership and influence have contributed to much of the firm’s growth into its current position as one of the nation’s most respected planning, architecture and design firms. Of the many contributions Bob has made to Chambers and the design industry, perhaps among the greatest is his belief in the beauty of simplicity and straightforward design that is “timeless and classic.”

Education

  • United States Air Force Officers’ Training School, Captain
  • University of Cincinnati, College of Design, Architecture & Art Bachelor of Science, Design, Summa Cum Laude

Projects & Insights

Rick Snellinger

President and CEO

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Bio

Rick Snellinger is one of the industry’s most recognized and respected voices on private club planning and club design. Rick joined Chambers in 1992 and was named President and CEO in 2004. Since that time, he has worked with hundreds of private country, golf, city, and yacht clubs across the country to translate member needs into creative and successfully executed projects. A noted industry expert, Rick speaks frequently on trends affecting the club industry, often with a focus on improving member experience and value. He was selected as a finalist for SmartCEO’s Circle of Excellence in 2015 and was named as one of the Top 10 Individuals Shaping the Future of Private Clubs by Golf Inc. magazine in 2017.

Education

  • University of Baltimore Bachelor of Science, Accounting

John Snellinger

Director of Planning / Principal

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All you need is the plan, the road map, and the courage to press on to your destination.

Earl Nightingale

Bio

John Snellinger joined Chambers in 2004 with a background in business and financial management. With this expertise, John quickly became an integral driver of Chambers’ strategic and facilities planning efforts, lending his expertise in building financial models and pro formas to help our clients gain financing for capital improvements. Today, John oversees firm wide planning services and continues to lead the firm’s research efforts with regard to membership survey development, analysis, and reporting.

Education

  • Mary Washington College Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, Financial Management

Charlie Turner, ASID, NCIDQ

Director of Interior Design - Firmwide / Principal

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Underneath all I design lies the solid belief that beauty is a positive force.

Barbara Barry

Bio

Charlie Turner joined Chambers as its Director of Interior Design. After spending close to a decade at two of Washington, D.C.’s most respected architecture and design firms—Hickock Cole Architects and ForrestPerkins. Throughout his career, Charlie has amassed an impressive portfolio of hospitality design work for restaurants, spas, fitness centers, luxury hotels and resorts, as well as significant experience in mixed-used and multi-family design. Today, Charlie leads Chambers’ firmwide interior design efforts, blending his extensive hospitality experience with his knowledge of private clubs to address changing tastes and lifestyles through innovative planning and design.

Education

  • Georgetown University Bachelor of Arts, Government & Psychology
  • Marymount University Master of Arts, Interior Design

Lee Hyden, AIA, LEED AP

Director of Architecture – Firmwide / Principal

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Great design transcends scale from a large, multi-building master plan to a small, intricate cabinetry detail.

Lee Hyden

Bio

Lee Hyden joined Chambers with a 20-year career in architecture and design, holding multiple leadership positions in several prestigious design firms, including Gensler, Ayers Saint Gross Architects & Planners, and Patrick Sutton Associates. Lee is also an accomplished speaker and has presented at numerous industry events and conferences, including NeoCon East and NeoCon Chicago where she addressed the topic of “Bridging the Gap” between architecture and interior design. Lee’s expertise in both disciplines enables her to seamlessly direct Chambers’ firm wide Architecture efforts.

Education

  • Virginia Commonwealth University Bachelor of Fine Arts, Interior Design
  • Catholic University Master of Architecture

Rachel Swan

Director of Project Management / Principal

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It is the ultimate luxury to combine passion and contribution. It’s also a very clear path to happiness.

Sheryl Sandberg

Bio

Rachel Swan joined Chambers after six years at one of Washington D.C.’s top interior design and architecture firms, ForrestPerkins, where she held various roles as office manager, human resources administrator, project accountant, and financial manager. Today, Rachel works closely with all Chambers offices to integrate project management efforts and create seamless workflow with increased efficiency. Rachel is responsible for working with studio directors and project managers to establish schedules, provide monthly feedback on budgeted hours, manage client accounts, and oversee overall fee billings to achieve the firm’s budgeting objectives.

Education

  • Virginia Polytechnic Institute Bachelor of Science, Finance

Skip Avery, CCM, CCE

Executive Vice President

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I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.

Maya Angelou

Bio

As Past President of the Club Managers Association of America (CMAA) and former GM/COO of some of North America’s most prestigious private clubs, Skip Avery has made a significant impact on the industry. In 2013, Skip joined Chambers as Executive Vice President bringing with him a wealth of knowledge in the private club arena and a drive to continue to make a difference with managers and clubs around the country. Skip quickly became an integral member of the firm’s strategic and facilities planning team. Skip collaborates with the firm’s architecture and interior design teams daily and shares his extensive experience in day-to-day club management and governance to assist in developing functional solutions. Today, Skip leads Chambers’ Naples office and remains an active member in CMAA chapters and events across the country.

Education

  • State University of New York
  • College at Cortland

Ryan Yakel, AIA

Managing Director – Dallas

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What is impractical can never be beautiful.

Otto Wagner

Bio

A well-known name in the industry, Ryan Yakel became part of the Chambers team after the firm acquired CCI Club Design in 2013, where Ryan spent 26 years of his career in private club design. Ryan leads Chambers’ Dallas office and has designed more than 300 private clubs and high-end daily fee facilities around the world. Ryan’s architectural expertise is enhanced by his interest in history and communications, enabling him to lead renovation efforts of some of the country’s most storied clubs, ensuring the preservation of their architectural and historical integrity. Ryan also speaks frequently to industry groups and has written extensively on issues affecting the club industry for a number of publications.

Education

  • Texas Tech University Bachelor of Architecture

Jeff Yang, AIA, LEED AP

Director of Design – Dallas / Senior Associate

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What is impractical can never be beautiful.

Otto Wagner

Bio

Jeff Yang’s professional experience encompasses a broad range of architectural design including hospitality, high-end residential, and master planning around the world, including such esteemed international hospitality projects as The One and Only Hotel in Cape Town, South Africa; St. Regis Hotel in Amman, Jordan; Dubai Festival City Community Club, United Arab Emirates; and Vanke City Garden Community Planning in Guangzhou, China. Today, Jeff leads the firm’s architectural design efforts for various master planning and architectural projects. A skilled artist, Jeff also uses his talents to bring Chambers’ conceptual designs to life in picturesque hand-drawn renderings.

Education

  • Texas Tech University Master of Architecture

Megan Hochman, ASID, NCIDQ

Director of Interior Design - DC / Senior Associate

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The details are not the details, they make the design.

Charles Eames

Bio

Megan Hochman joined Chambers with a richly diverse background in luxury hospitality, multi-residential and residential design. Megan began her career in London at Christina Fallah Designs where she designed luxury private residences and notable projects such as the historic Shelbourne Dublin, a five-star hotel in Ireland. Since returning to the United States, Megan has worked for several groundbreaking hospitality and residential design firms, including ForrestPerkins, RD Jones & Associates and Mona Hajj Interiors. Today, Megan leads the firm’s Washington, DC office and continuously infuses a culturally rich perspective into our design efforts.

Education

  • Western Michigan University Bachelor of Science, Interior Design / Minor in Business

Mark Davis, AIA

Director of Architecture – Dallas / Senior Associate

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A deliberate use of space and materials yields designs that not only function effectively, but also enhance the experience.

Mark Davis

Bio

Mark Davis joined Chambers bringing with him over 30 years of professional experience with nationally recognized firms, as well as his own private practice. His expertise includes a variety of private club, restaurant, retail, hospitality, corporate, and historic preservation/adaptation projects throughout the United States. Mark has also provided professional services for facility planning and property development analysis. As he leads the architectural team in Chambers’ Dallas office, his diverse experience equips him with unique insight into the challenges often encountered with design and construction.

Education

  • Texas Tech University Bachelor of Architecture

Barbara List

Director of Accounting / Senior Associate

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Success is the sum of small efforts repeated day in and day out.

Robert Collier

Bio

Barbara List joined Chambers in 2001 as Director of Accounting, lending her extensive financial expertise to our growing firm. Prior to joining Chambers, Barbara worked for nearly 20 years at Citibank Financial as an analyst and product support specialist. Today, she oversees Chambers’ firm-wide accounting and human resources operations, and is an essential member of our project management team.

Education

  • University of Baltimore Business Program Participant

Kathy Martin

Director of Procurement / Senior Associate

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It all comes together in the end.

Kathy Martin

Bio

Kathy has led Chambers’ procurement efforts for more than 25 years, combining her extensive buying and accounting expertise to ensure optimal pricing, selection and installation of everything from fabric and fixtures to furniture and accessories for our club clients around the world. A skilled negotiator and logistics coordinator, Kathy is the power behind our on-time and on-budget procurement services.

Education

  • Lynchburg College VA Business Management
  • Notre Dame Preparatory School Towson MD

Lauren Gordon, MBA

Director of Creative Services / Associate

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It’s good to have an end to journey toward, but it is the journey that matters in the end.

— Ernest Hemingway

Bio

Lauren Gordon joined Chambers with a unique expertise in visual arts, graphic design, business administration, and communications. Today, Lauren oversees all firm branding, marketing and advertising efforts and serves as Creative Director and Editor-in-Chief for the firm’s quarterly e-magazine, Club Road. Lauren leads Chambers’ Creative Studio and manages the development of all member communications, membership brochures, and client presentations. She also plays a significant role in assisting with the firm’s master planning, strategic planning, and membership survey efforts.

Education

  • Stevenson University Bachelor of Science, Visual Communication Design, Minor in Math, Summa Cum Laude
  • University of Baltimore Master of Business Administration, Summa Cum Laude
  • Harvard University Certificate of Architecture, Continuing Education

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