We combine the worlds of design and research.

We’ve combined our backgrounds in industrial and interior design with extensive industry experience to create a complimentary and comprehensive viewpoint of the contract interiors market. Dubbing ourselves life-long students of the industry, each project, blog post, and conversation fuels our insatiable curiosity to learn more and feeds our unique perspective on leading trends. From manufacturers to dealers to designers and corporate real estate, we understand the complexities of the contract interiors market and are incredibly passionate about making meaningful connections that elevate the industry as a whole. This common passion naturally draws other like-minded talent, and puts the “group” in Contract Consulting.

Amanda Schneider

Amanda Schneider, LEED AP, MBA is a researcher, writer, consultant and founder of Contract Consulting Group. Amanda is a strategic thinker with a strong background including industrial design, market research, product management, sales, and strategic launch practices with a breadth of furniture companies within the interiors industry. Amanda’s creative process stems from her education in Industrial Design from the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana, while her natural business sense is augmented by her MBA from the University of Iowa. She is passionate about studying the latest workplace trends to make meaningful connections for the contract furniture industry and regularly blogs about them for the Huffington Post and other various industry publications. When she’s not busy working in her suburban Chicago office or visiting clients, you can find her trail running at freakishly early hours of the morning, dreaming about that book she’ll write someday, or ambushing her secret stash of dark chocolate and red wine.

Suzanne Maynard

Suzanne Maynard, NCIDQ is a designer, workplace strategist, consultant and partner with Contract Consulting Group. Suzanne’s unique industry perspective comes from broad and varied roles in delivering successful workplace environments with experience ranging from furniture dealership to design firm to corporate real estate. As a creative problem solver, Suzanne leverages extensive experience with furniture specifications, design and planning, workplace strategy, and change management to create meaningful workplace change. She is most passionate about studying furniture and workplace trends to inform workplace solutions that positively impact the people who use them. Suzanne finds inspiration and peace being in nature. Most days you can find her working outside at a coffee shop or on her back deck under the Georgia pines. If Suzanne didn’t love life as a strategist, she would be running her dream restaurant that serves gourmet soups, loose leaf tea and fine wine.

By surrounding ourselves with a network of over-achieving specialists, we’ve created a business model that allows us to pull from a deep pool of independent consultants to construct the best team for each unique project.


Project Manager and Creative Director


Green Czar and Trainer

Amy H.

Workplace Consultant

Amy B.

Graphic Designer


Growth Facilitator


Innovation Strategist

Katie S.

Writer and Editor

Katie Z.

Administrative Assistant


Administrative Assistant


Interior Designer


Writer and Editor

…and there’s more. We pull from a growing bench of consultants and specialists to build the best team for your projects.

If you are looking for a geographic location, you won’t find it here. With personnel in Chicago, Atlanta, Grand Rapids, and multiple locations West Coast to East, we embody the idea our industry is increasingly representing: get the best talent for the job, regardless of the location, give them meaningful, fulfilling work that they are great at, and allow them to work when and where they work best.

Stemming from Founder, Amanda Schneider’s Huffington Post article, titled “GigaMom: How the ‘Gig Economy’ is Opening up Opportunities for Women Who Love Work and Life.” CCG advocates for those freelancing in the Gig Economy by hiring talented women (and men) looking for flexible, meaningful work that aligns with their talents. Amanda continues to promote the GigaMom concept worldwide, most recently speaking at the Global Women’s Forum in 2016.

Want to work for us? Tell us why, email us at info@contractconsultinggroup.com.

Email us at info@contractconsultinggroup.com

or call us at (312) 860-8020

Check out founder, Amanda Schneider’s

Huffington Post Blog