Our People

Chief Boyd, AIA, NCARB, FCSI, CCS
CEO + Principal

Rich Emery, AIA, NCARB, LEED GA
President + Design Principal

Nick Schoenfeldt
Vice President + Principal

David Nejelski
Creative Director + Principal

Linda J. Roe
VP Client Development

Mike Hogan, AIA, NCARB, LEED AP
Project Manager

Holly Thompson
Senior Interior Designer

Bill Donahower
QA/QC Architect

Jim Morrison
Director of Code

 

"Great Design is the perfect solution. A balance between program, the owner and the needs. Great Design is the creation of places that people want to be. We are in the business of creating people places, entertainment places, and excitement. That is exciting for us."

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Chief Boyd

Chief Boyd has extensive experience in a variety of Native American projects beginning in 1963 with the Cherokee Cultural Center in Tahlequah, Oklahoma. Chief has worked with 114 tribes across the country and is one of the most well-known Native American Architects. He is the official architect to the Cherokee National Historical Society and has held that position since 1964. Chief has been actively involved with his tribe (Cherokee) for over 54 years serving on the Cherokee National Historical Society Board and was president for seven years. Chief’s broad experience in casino, cultural and recreation facilities and hotels throughout the United States and Canada, lead to his recent honor as “Native American Professional Businessman of the Year in 2000” in the state of Oklahoma and the Contemporary Achievement Award from the Cherokee National Historic Society in 2012.


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RICH EMERY

Richard Emery, AIA, is president of TBE Architects (Thalden Boyd Emery). After earning his architecture degree from University of Kansas, he joined the firm in 1982 and leads Design and Production for all projects. His design talent has inspired the firm in its design of award winning projects throughout the years. In the past 35 years, Rich has designed hotels and casinos in gaming markets throughout North American and overseas. Aside from his vast knowledge in casino and resort design, Rich has been at the cutting edge of CADD technology, Building Information Modeling (BIM) and Virtual Reality which includes fast-tracking and phasing of projects.  More recently, his focus has been staying current with designing “Integrated Casino Resort” properties, including amenities which attract “The Millennials.” He has designed projects collectively worth over several billion dollars.”


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NICK SCHOENFELDT

Following graduation from the University of Kansas with two Architectural degrees, Nick has specialized in hospitality design. He has built a vast portfolio of projects including private clubs, restaurants, hotels, and casinos. His background includes extensive Design Build experience with hotels and resorts which enables him to respond to constructability issues still maintaining the design intent. Being the most experienced person in our firm with on-site construction of our gaming projects, his intuitive understanding of the critical needs for speed and team consensus, has proved highly valuable in the gaming business. His casino experience prior to joining the firm includes his design involvement with his first Native American casino in 1991. Since joining the firm in 1999, he has worked on more than 40 casino/ hotel projects. As a Principal, Nick’s passion for all things beautiful, love of people, and work ethic have helped to create a “teamwork/can do” attitude.


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DAVID NEJELSKI

David Nejelski received his Bachelor of Architecture from Kansas State University. He came to the firm as a Jr. Designer and has risen to be the Creative Director + Principal. In the past 24 years with the firm, David has designed hotels and casinos in all gaming markets throughout the United States and Canada. Much of his work has focused on unique theme and entertainment concepts from inception through development. David also has extensive experience in fast-track and project phasing and has designed projects worth collectively over $1 billion.


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LINDA ROE

Linda J. Roe is Vice President Client Development and responsible for establishing and maintaining client relationships and advocating for effective communications throughout the project. Her years of membership in the National Indian Gaming Association (NIGA) includes many legislative visits to Capitol Hill lobbying on behalf of tribes for Tribal Sovereignty. Based in Phoenix, Linda has over 35 years of architectural firm experience and over 20 years working with clients in the gaming industry.


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MIKE HOGAN

Mike Hogan is a project manager and registered architect with over 27 years of experience in the design and construction industry. Mike’s experience spans many building sectors, agencies and institutional clients including; Municipal, GSA, DOD, K12, Higher Education, Aviation, Justice, Commercial and Healthcare. Mike’s responsibilities have included Sales, Marketing, Owner’s Representative, Project Management, Construction Management, Inspection Services, Architectural Design Support and leadership for Sustainable Design.


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HOLLY THOMPSON

Holly has 17 total years experience as an Interior Designer. She is consistently praised by both the client and the firm for the creativity, functionality, cost-effectiveness and vision of the finished project. She values interpersonal communication and effective teamwork. Holly has worked on numerous hospitality projects ranging from Drury Hotels to full service Hiltons, Hamptons, and Hyatt Place. She has experience taking the overall style and function of a hospitality brand and completely updating it.


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BILL DONAHOWER

Bill received his Bachelor of Technology in Architecture from Washington University in Saint Louis, Missouri, graduating with highest honors. He is a registered Architect with over 30 years of experience in all phases of architecture on many different types of facilities.  He has extensive experience in setting design budgets, monitoring the design process, coordinating with consultants and creating construction documents. He can quickly visualize three-dimensional concepts and communicate these with sketches.  He has a practical understanding of the IBC Code, ADA, Structural Systems, MEP Systems, the Design-Build Process and “Green” design.


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JIM MORRISON

Jim is an architect with more than 30 years of diverse experience in the architectural and construction industry including all aspects of design, planning and construction administration services. As a creative thinker, Jim creates visually appealing, exciting, and inspiring designs that are technically strong. Being a licensed architecture and design professional, Jim is highly effective at integrating the art, science and business of building. Mr. Morrison is a master builder and code expert who has administered the construction of a diverse range of projects, which have included multi-million dollar skyscrapers, award winning hotels, and residential apartment buildings. Jim is an expert in historic rehabilitation. He has mastered the design and construction of historic landmark properties and the Secretary of Interior Standards of Rehabilitation that apply to federal and state historic preservation tax incentive programs.