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A Message from the President


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 La Quinta and CenterPointe Hotels, 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 that 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 Donald Hammond, Founder and President of Symmetric, LLC
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

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

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 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

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

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 has a Bachelor of Science degree from Truman State University.