About

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, Founder & Consultant

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.

Dyan Van Fossen, Innovation Strategist

Dyan Van Fossen is a researcher, design thinker, and strategist.  As a member of senior management for two Fortune 500 companies, Dyan’s impressive career is marked with culturally significant industry innovations in products, technologies, and market strategy.  Dyan has her BA in Interior Architecture from the University of Iowa, and is experienced in applied design thinking.  With expertise in strategic planning, the R&D process, new product development, trends research and growing the bottom line, Dyan’s creative and practical approach benefits a diverse client base. Her passions lie in aligning the end users’ needs and desires with the strategies of the companies and creating a culture of innovation.  Dyan loves to travel the world, but is just as content to spend time swimming, sailing, and meditating at her home on the Lake Michigan lakeshore.

Janet Collins, Growth Facilitator

Janet Collins is a growth facilitator, coach, and organizational strategist. Janet has a proven track record of success in key leadership roles, including as a former president of GMi (Ghent), pioneering companies into new vertical markets while providing focus and innovation for growth.  Janet has her BS in Business and Marketing from Miami University. With more than a decade of experience as an independent strategy and marketing consultant, Janet’s global thinking, outgoing personality, and passion for organizational transformation and clarity make her an exceptional sounding board for difficult leadership strategy discussions. Methodical in nature, Janet excels in leveraging research to guide clients to make key business decisions with ease.  Outside of corporate transformation, Janet doesn’t start her day until she has had her early morning run, and is passionate about serving on the Board for the Countryside YMCA, located near her home outside of Cincinnati Ohio.

Giselle Walsh, Trainer & Sustainability Expert

Giselle Walsh is a corporate trainer, sustainability guru, and avid researcher. With 20 years of experience in the commercial wallcovering industry, what makes her an exceptional asset as a consultant is her innate ability to communicate technical details to an audience conversationally and a contagious enthusiasm that engages her audience to learn. One great example of this was partnering with BIFMA to take on the monumental task of creating a CEU, “Demystifying Furniture’s Role in Sustainability”  in an effort to explain the interrelations of all the different rating systems in a simple, understandable way and train the presenters to master the content as well. Giselle’s background in sales leadership makes her an intellectual asset for CEU training and presentations just like this one. She has her BS in Business Administration from Culver-Stockton College and loves to cook, read, and volunteers her time running ZeroLandfill Chicago, a volunteer organization committed to saving design samples from landfill.

Allison Roon, Chief Creative Officer

Allison Roon is an interior designer, marketing strategist, and storyteller. With deep roots in the contract furniture industry, Allison offers unique insight to what makes spaces and stories meaningful, and how they can be used to engage an audience and impact change.  Allison has her BA in Interior Design from Kendall College of Art and Design, and went on to get her Masters in Adult and Higher Education from Grand Valley State University. With a background as Director of Design, Marketing & Project Management, Allison has an incredible ability to create meaningful conversations around the future of work and workplace,and draw out information and conclusions from client discussions that lead to high level product and market strategy decisions.  Her energy is contagious, and communication style engaging. Aside from work, Allison loves sneaking out for a run with the dog along West Michigan’s lakeshore, meandering through a greenhouse, and scouring Zillow in case the next fixer upper catches her eye.

Kelly Timmermans, Master Connector

Kelly Timmermans is a designer, researcher, and project manager.  With extensive experience in the A&D channel as well as contract fabric and furniture manufacturers, Kelly leverages her deep knowledge of this complex industry to help projects stay focused and run smoother.  She received her BS in Interior Design from Western Michigan University.  Her broad perspective is leveraged to guide market research insights and analysis of industry trends.  Passionate about client relationships, and the creative process,  Kelly has become a “go-to” problem solver and resource for a wide network of industry constituents.   Kelly’s energy for life keeps her very active whether at the gym or an outdoor run, but she also enjoys a relaxing afternoon at the beach on Lake Michigan.

Katie Shaykin, Word Chef

Katie Shaykin is a writer, social media strategist, and communications consultant. Katie specializes in blog, byline, white paper and press release creation, in addition to her extensive experience in digital marketing including website content creation, social media, and SEO analytics. Katie earned her BS in integrated marketing communications from Illinois State University. Her experience in a multitude of industries including two Fortune 500 companies, gives her a results driven mindset for her clients marketing initiatives.  Katie’s passion is listening to her clients story and translating that narrative into a powerful message that connects them to their target audience.  Outside of her passion for the written word, Katie loves to cook and can often be found trying new recipes with her three small sous chefs in her suburban Illinois home.

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.

Katie Z.

Administrative Assistant

Gia

Administrative Assistant

Erika

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. 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

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