Leadership for the Hotel Business

Hello and thank you for visiting us here online. As a team, we are proud of and excited about Symmetric. All too often when we select a vendor to provide a service, what we get in return is inexcusably poor performance.


In the hotel renovation space, I felt that an opportunity existed. We believed that a professional company with professional management could simply, well, do better...and we were right. Our client list, from Harrah's Entertainment to Global Hyatt, and from Robert L. Johnson Development to Hitt Hospitality and Rock Bridge Capitol, has proven so.  


With over 25 years in the hotel business, I understand a little bit about what is necessary to achieve a successful hotel renovation. We view performance as a black and white issue with execution being the core ingredient, immediately followed by trustworthiness and reliability. Over the years I have had direct responsibility for managing the continual physical integrity of real estate portfolios in the billions of dollars...I say so what.


What's important for me to share with you is this: Be your renovation project five hundred thousand dollars, five million dollars or fifty million dollars, we will execute it with rigor and passion. Try the Symmetric difference.  


Our President

Donald Hammond, Founder and President of Symmetric, LLC

Donald Hammond

Don holds a Bachelor of Business Administration from Florida International University and a Masters of Business Administration from The Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University. He is a member of AHLA, The Urban Land Institute, Hotel Executives Association, the National Association of Black Hotel Owners Operators and Developers, the National Association of Black MBAs, and the Kellogg School of Management's Dean's Council


Senior Staff Advisors

Arnold E. Toole

Arnold E. Toole, Founder of Toole Law Office LLC, Counsel Symmetric, LLC

Arnold has been practicing law since 1992. He concentrates his practice in corporate and commercial matters, contracts, real estate, entertainment law, and employment law.

Arnold has a Bachelor of Arts degree from Brandeis University, and a Jurist Doctorate from University of Michigan Law School. He is a member of the International, Inter-Pacific, American, National, Illinois State, Cook County, and Chicago Bars of Association.

Sheetal Prakash, CPA 

Sheetal has a valuable combination of Corporate and Public accounting experience and has worked closely with small business owners in management consulting, tax planning, financial statement preparation, payroll tax reporting, and income tax reporting. Her experience includes a broad range of industries, including real estate, construction, retail, health care, manufacturing and distribution, and various service businesses.

Sheetal Prakash

Sheetal graduated from West Bengal University in India as a rank holder with a Bachelor's Degree in Accountancy. She sat for the CPA exam in 1996 and passed all 4 rigorous sections on the first attempt - something accomplished by less than 8% of all test takers. She moved to the USA in 1994 and lives in Naperville, IL with her husband and 2 kids.


Senior Operations Management

Chris W. Schwandt

Chris W. Schwandt, Senior Director of Project Management

Chris brings a wealth of experience to Symmetric, LLC. As a leader of the team of professionals on the $300,000,000.00 Hyatt Regency New Orleans project and a former member of Don's Hyatt corporate office team, the integration and supplementation of the Symmetric Hotel Renovation Team could not be more solid. Chris is an alumni of the University of Wisconsin - Madison.

Shellie Mayes, Director of Process Management

In 2006, Shellie Mayes came to Symmetric from Hyatt Corporation's luxury senior living division where she oversaw the administrative portions of all interior and exterior renovations. She specializes in contract management, project process management insurance tracking, and AIA document selection and management. Shellie also has frontier knowledge of the new and robust ConsensusDOCS contract documentation standards. A standard which further mitigates owner's/operator's risk in construction deals.

Shellie Mayes

Shellie has a Bachelor of Science degree from Truman State University.


Project Portfolio

Focus On...

Custom Hampton Inn by Hilton, Midway Airport Hotel Complex, Chicago...Hilton Hotels and Robert L. Johnson LLC


A hit with first class very high level design elements that are unusual in a select service setting. The hotel renovation is top notch. The design levels are superb. Now open...

Recent Projects

Courtyard by Marriott, Mishawaka Indiana

The S-Bar blends contemporary décor with distinctive architecture, stylish furnishings, and unexpected touches to create an atmosphere of casual hospitality.


Symmetric completed all aspects of this work, including all under slab MEP infrastructure work for the gorgeous new lobby, S-bar, great room, guest kitchen, and Front Desk.

Courtyard by Marriott

Senior Staff Advisors

Renaissance Hotel

Renaissance Hotel, Plantation, FL

The new Renaissance Hotel in Plantation, FL was recently completed. Symmetric dived in to what turned out to be a truly magnificent renovation of this wonderful property. Nothing was left undone. Fnishes are absolutely world class. From the Italian Botticino marble floor, to the Nieman Marcus ballroom chandeliers the Renaissance Plantation has been re-invented. Symmetric, LLC...serious people for serious projects.

Full Service Marriott Austin Airport South 

Symmetric, LLC was hired by RLJ Development and White Lodging to renovate all guestrooms and suites, ballrooms and meeting rooms, two restaurants, the bar, market place and lobbys, as well as a complete renovation of all guest elevators.

Full Service Marriott
Marriott Courtyard Magnificent

Marriott Courtyard Magnificent Mile Chicago

With its spectacular shopping, world-class museums, dynamic corporations, and breathtaking architecture, the Windy City has it all and the Courtyard by Marriott Magnificent Mile Downtown Chicago Hotel is located right in the heart of everything.


Symmetric, LLC renovated all of these guestrooms, baths and suites, top to bottom in six weeks so as to optimize our client's ability to sell out the hotel during a city-wide event.

The hotel offers the perfect downtown setting. The Courtyard by Marriott Magnificent Mile provides guests with an upscale, contemporary Chicago hotel experience in the heart of the city's most preferred district.


Value, execution, efficiency and integrity... the Symmetric way.


Recent Projects

1. The Westin Northshore Chicago

2. The Homewood Suites by Hilton® Gold Coast Chicago  

Focus On

The 100 year building which is home to the new Hotel Versey required temporary shoring, under slab digging, trenching and relatively extensive steel installation for the revised configuration of the new lobby, offices and relocated and built out restrooms. The hotel is located very near the booming Wrigleyville section of Chicago, thus the beautiful Wrigleyville guestroom mural theme and extremely creative lobby/entry area themes.