The H. Chambers Company

About

Leadership

Robert Hickman

Chairman of the Board

Renowned for his timeless and classic designs, Bob Hickman believes that interior design "should sing with the architecture. The result is a much better functioning space and a much more enjoyable experience for its inhabitants." An industry and Chambers veteran, Bob has long brought that collaborative perspective to the firm, where he recently celebrated his 44th year.  

Bob joined Chambers in 1972 as an interior designer and by 1981, was named President of the company — the first non-Chambers family member to hold the position. In 2004, he became Chairman of the Board and continues to lead its interior design efforts. He led much of Chambers' growth into its current position as one of the nation's most respected planning, architecture and design firms. Certainly, the firm's inclusion in Interior Design Magazine's "Top 100 Design Giants" list for the last four decades can be attributed to Bob's leadership and influence.
 
Of the many contributions Bob has made to Chambers and to the design industry, perhaps among the greatest is his belief in the beauty of simplicity and straightforward design. He turns to Asian art and culture and even the philosophies of Apple founder Steve Jobs for inspiration. As he often says, "Good design shouldn't be a luxury. It should make our work easier and our lives happier." Indeed, it is a philosophy shared by the Chambers team. 

A former Captain in the United States Air Force, Bob holds a Bachelor of Science in Interior Design from the University of Cincinnati's prestigious College of Design. 

Richard A. Snellinger

President & CEO

Rick Snellinger is one of the private club industry’s most recognized and respected voices on master planning and club design. As President and CEO of Chambers, Mr. Snellinger has worked with private country, golf and city clubs across the country to translate member needs and wants into creative and successfully completed projects. His expertise in finance, communications and operational management has helped ensure the successful development — and adoption — of plans for hundreds of clubs nationwide.

Mr. Snellinger joined Chambers in 1992 and was named President and CEO in 2004. He oversees the firm’s day-to-day operations and its planning, architecture and design work in the private club industry. He has become a leading national expert, specifically on club planning and design, leading client projects and speaking frequently on topics of importance to the club industry.

A noted industry expert, Rick speaks frequently on the trends affecting the club industry, often with a special emphasis on improving member experience and value through proper long-term planning. Under his direction, Chambers has taken a national leadership role in its support of the club industry through a Corporate Alliance Partnership (CAP) through the Club Management Association of America (CMAA) and its Club Foundation. Chambers also publishes a periodic e-magazine, CLUB ROAD, which features Rick and the Chambers team’s insights on club planning and design and is distributed to a nationwide subscriber base.

A Maryland native, Mr. Snellinger holds a Bachelors of Science in Accounting from the University of Baltimore and is an active community member sitting on various Boards, as well as an advocate of education and lifelong learning.

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Ryan Yakel, AIA

Executive Vice President / Architect
Dallas

Ryan Yakel leads Chambers' Dallas office operations, becoming part of the Chambers team after its recent purchase of CCI Club Design. Ryan has focused virtually his entire career in the private club arena, designing more than 300 country, city and yacht clubs and high-end daily fee facilities around the United States and throughout the world.

Ryan's architectural expertise is enhanced by his interest and studies in history and communications. In fact, he has led renovation efforts of some of the country's most storied clubs, ensuring the preservation of their architectural and historical integrity. His work has been featured in Club Management magazine, Golf Inc. and Club & Resort Business. He speaks frequently to industry groups and has written extensively on issues affecting the club industry for a number of publications, including The Board Room Magazine.

Ryan holds a Bachelor of Architecture from Texas Tech University.

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Skip Avery

Executive Vice President
Baltimore

Skip Avery is a club industry veteran — Immediate Past President of the Club Managers Association of America (CMAA) and a seasoned club GM/COO who has served at the helm of some of the country's most prestigious private clubs. His extensive experience in day-to-day club management and governance brings a new dimension to the breadth and depth of services that Chambers provides to the industry.
 
Skip joined Chambers in 2013, and becomes part of the firm's Club Planning Team, responsible for strategic and facilities planning. He will also provide counsel to the firm's architectural and interior design teams, leveraging decades of experience in private club leadership and his operations expertise.

Skip is a certified club manager (CCM) and certified club executive (CCE) and attended the State University of New York (SUNY) College at Cortland.

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Rick Christensen, AIA

Vice President
Minneapolis

A veteran of the private club industry, Rick Christensen joined Chambers with over 30 years of experience designing private clubs. After receiving his Bachelors in Architecture from University of Minnesota, Richard Christensen became a trusted fixture in the private club industry. Over the course of his career, he has personally designed over 120 clubhouses in 23 states across the nation, ranging from private clubs, daily fee clubs, and municipally owned daily fee courses. His work is only bolstered by his widespread network of club managers, golf consultants, and design professionals, who he has met through organizations like the Club Managers Association of America (CMAA) and the National Golf Course Owners Association.

Before joining Chambers in 2016, Christensen served as the Director of the Golf Clubhouse Studio at Partners & Sirny Architects for almost 20 years. During this period, he played an instrumental role in earning the firm national renown. Rick's primary area of expertise lies in facilitating the master planning process with club Boards and Committees, as well as preparing facilities analyses, design alternatives, membership presentations and surveys. His skills have earned him an impressive 100% project approval history.

Rick has also conducted numerous seminars on club design trends at CMAA and Golf Inc. magazine's national conferences. Rick holds a Bachelor of Architecture from the University of Minnesota.

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John R. Snellinger

Vice President & Director of Planning
Baltimore

John Snellinger is an integral driver of Chambers' strategic and facilities planning efforts, in part, lending his expertise to building financial models and pro formas to help our private club clients gain financing for capital improvements.
 
John joined the Chambers team more than a decade ago and as Vice President and Director of Planning continues to lead the firm's research team, overseeing member, market and demographic review and analyses, member communications and surveying. 

John holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with an emphasis in Financial Management from Mary Washington College.

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Charlie Turner, ASID, NCIDQ

Vice President & Director of Interior Design
Baltimore

Charlie Turner joined Chambers as its Director of Interior Design in 2013. During his years at two of Washington, D.C.’s most respected architecture and interior design firms — Hickok Cole Architects and ForrestPerkins — Charlie amassed an impressive portfolio of hospitality design work for restaurants, spas, fitness centers, luxury hotels and resorts. This experience, along with his work in mixed-used and multi-family design, made Charlie an ideal fit for Chambers as it leads efforts in the private club industry to address changing tastes and lifestyles through smart planning and innovation.

Charlie is a member of the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) and The Hospitality Industry Network (NEWH), and is a certified Interior Designer at the National Council for Interior Design Qualification (NCIDQ). He is also a graduate level adjunct professor at the Corcoran College of Art and Design in Washington, D.C. Charlie has also served as an instructor at Marymount University in Arlington, VA, where he received his Masters degree in Interior Design.

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Lee Hyden, AIA, ASID, NCIDQ, LEED AP


Director of Architecture, Baltimore

Lee Hyden joined Chambers as its Director of Architecture in 2016 after an impressive 18-year career in architecture and interior design. Lee has held numerous leadership positions of both architecture and interior design studios in several well-respected design firms, including Alt Breeding Schwartz Architects, Gensler, Ayers Saint Gross Architects & Planners, and Patrick Sutton Associates.

In addition to her valuable work experience, Lee is known as an accomplished speaker. She has previously presented at numerous industry events and conferences, including NeoCon East and NeoCon Chicago, where she addressed the topic of “Bridging the Gap between Interior Design and Architecture.”

Lee holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Interior Design from Virginia Commonwealth University and a Master of Architecture from Catholic University. Her outstanding educational background and rich work history in both architecture and interior design made her the ideal choice for this position at Chambers as the company continues to enrich the project delivery system from master planning through implementation, and strengthen its 360-degree approach to club planning and design.

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Patricia Sampson

Managing Director
Baltimore

A Certified Interior Designer, Patricia has the prized ability to travel fluidly between interior design and architecture, understanding how each enhances and influences the other. Her eye for detail, professionalism and courtesy have made Patricia a highly valued member of the Chambers team.

"I love to study different cultural customs," says Patricia who, as the daughter of an Army general, has lived among many, in places as geographically and culturally disparate as Saudi Arabia and Pasadena, California. "I appreciate the variations," she says. Ever intrigued by those "variations" and nuance, Patricia talks of walking into a room and immediately noticing the furniture arrangement and flow. At Chambers, as client liaison and, by trade, interior designer, Patricia studies the cultural nuances of a club environment — the city, its people, traditions and preferences. She's then able to help craft solutions that will be unique to the people of the individual club. "I love the mix," she says, "and being able to draw from my experiences all over the world."

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Christopher P. Smith, AIA

Vice President / Architect
Baltimore

Chris Smith is a highly seasoned architect, guiding major interior architectural and building architectural efforts for many of the firm’s largest club clients. Since joining Chambers in 1994, Chris has worked with private country, golf and city clubs across the country to develop creative yet functional architectural solutions that encompass each club’s individual and unique needs. Chris also collaborates with Chambers’ Master Planning team and oversees technical production and coordination efforts to ensure successfully completed projects.

Chris holds a Bachelor of Arts in Architecture from California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo, California and has completed the Design/Urban Development Program at Virginia Tech (formerly Virginia Polytechnic Insitute) in Blacksburg, Virginia.

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Kathy Martin

Director of Purchasing & Installation
Baltimore

Kathy has led Chambers' procurement efforts for more than 20 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-plan, on-time and on-budget furnishings offering.

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Barbara List

Director of Accounting
Baltimore

Barbara has been with Chambers for over 15 years, lending her extensive financial expertise to our growing firm as Director of Accounting. Before joining Chambers, Barbara worked for nearly 20 years at Citibank Financial as an analyst and product support specialist. She also oversees our human resources operations and is an integral part of our team. Barbara holds a Bachelor of Applied Arts from the University of Baltimore as well as a degree from Essex Community College in Baltimore.

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Rachel Swan

Director of Project Financial Management
Baltimore

As Director of Project Financial Management, Rachel works closely with Chambers’ Baltimore and Dallas offices to integrate project management efforts. Rachel is responsible for working with studio directors and project managers to establish schedules and provide monthly feedback on budgeted hours, managing accounts, and overseeing the company’s monthly design and overall fee billings in order to achieve company budgeting objectives.

Rachel joins Chambers after six years at one of Washington D.C.’s top interior design and architecture firms, Forrest Perkins, LLC, where she held various roles as office manager, human resources administrator, project accountant, and most recently, financial manager. A graduate of Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University’s Pamplin College of Business, Rachel holds a degree in Finance.

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Megan Koets, ASID, NCIDQ

Director of Interior Design - Washington, DC
Washington, DC

Megan Koets joined Chambers as a Senior Interior Designer with a rich — and richly diverse — background in luxury hospitality, multi-residential and residential design. She began her career in London at Christina Fallah Designs, where she designed high-end private residences as well as her first hospitality project – the historic Shelbourne Dublin, a five-star hotel in Ireland. Since returning to the United States, Ms. Koets has worked for several groundbreaking hospitality and residential design firms, including ForrestPerkins, RD Jones & Associates and Mona Hajj Interiors.

Ms. Koets holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Interior Design with a minor in Business from Western Michigan University. She is also an active member of the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID), where she currently serves as President of the Washington, DC Metro Chapter.

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Lauren Gordon

Director of Creative Services
Baltimore

Lauren Gordon joined Chamers with a rare combination of both left and right brained talent. With a degree in Visual Communications Design and Minor in Mathematics, Lauren blends perfectly her expertise in graphic design and appreciation for the arts with an understanding of architecture. As Director of Creative Services, Lauren oversees all company branding and marketing efforts, client graphics, presentations, project communications in coordination with the Planning team's project research, survey administration, and development of reports and demographic studies.

Lauren graduated summa cum laude from Stevenson University, where she was awarded the Visual Communications Designer of the Year. She also holds a certificate from Harvard University’s summer architectural program at the Graduate School of Design, and graduated summa cum laude with a Master in Business Administration from the University of Baltimore.

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