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5 Questions with Chambers President Rick Snellinger

Design firm has carved niche in the world of private clubs

November 22, 2013|By Natalie Sherman, The Baltimore Sun

We have been very fortunate to continually be engaged by clubs throughout the United States and subsequently growing through the recent recession. We continue to expand our offerings for our clients such as strategic planning, operational assistance and brand development — services that are not traditionally offered by design and architectural firms. The Dallas acquisition was a natural outcome of our success in the private club industry. In our firm's own strategic planning process, we will continue to seek additional acquisitions that will take us closer to our clients, as will organic, internal growth. Post-recession, private clubs that plan for the future (hopefully with Chambers' assistance) will see resurgence in their membership levels and plan for continued improvements in their facilities.

You didn't grow up as part of the country club set and you're not a big golfer. What do you do during your downtime, and how do you respond if people criticize clubs for their exclusivity?

I think not being a member of a country club growing up is probably an advantage because I really appreciate the private club industry and what clubs provide to local communities across the U.S. from a business perspective. It is a multibillion-dollar industry that provides thousands of jobs and is a big contributor to the local economy in large and small towns across the country. Private clubs provide excellent wages and opportunities for employees' personal growth, and they fuel the local economy. Since I am in a private club somewhere in the U.S. three to four days a week, it is good to have some downtime, which I enjoy spending with my family — especially my two granddaughters.

nsherman@baltsun.com

Rick Snellinger

President and CEO of the H. Chambers Co.

Age: 59

Previous Job: financial services industry

Hometown: Baltimore

Education: University of Baltimore

Residence: Canton

Family: Wife Cathy (38 years), daughter Katie and son John; two granddaughters — Lauren, 2, and Harper, 6 months.

Hobbies and interests: University of Baltimore Foundation board, St. Casimir School board, renovation of a waterfront home, the Ravens, and spending time with family.

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