"Our mission is to help our clients by expanding their capabilities and accelerating their growth."
MGS Global Group is a built environment and architectural consulting firm with an in-house production team. Our team delivers architecture support services in the retail and hospitality industries for leading brands and publicly traded companies worldwide.
WHO WE SERVE
Architecture and interior design firms
Graphic designers and brand managers
WHY WORK WITH US?
Our hyper-niched approach to providing services in the retail and hospitality sectors has given us a competitive advantage
We have the track record, experience and capabilities to bring your project to completion
We offer skilled expertise on an as-needed basis, to handle project spikes and unforeseen urgent work
We provide fast turn around’s without compromising quality
We have built a dynamic, dedicated and talented team with employees in New York, Chicago, Cleveland and the Philippines. Our employees share common goals and a keen understanding of the company vision. They also enjoy regular social, networking and team-building events that strengthen our company culture.
Although they span the globe, our employees work as part of a unified team. MGS Global Group has created proprietary software that allows the team to collaborate seamlessly within the global network for ideal operational efficiencies to best serve our clients.
The consulting team comprises of architects and international design consultants, graphic designers and art directors with many years of experience in design and construction.
Aya Shlachter, CEO, Founder
CEO and founder Aya Shlachter is a Filipino-American international architectural consultant, urban designer, businesswoman and resource speaker. She is an expert in retail and hospitality. Under her leadership, MGS Global Group has evolved and created a category of its own: a consulting firm with an in-house production team.
Aya has been a member of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) since 2005. She is a committee member for the AIA Women in Architecture Cleveland Chapter. In 2018, Aya was 1 of 16 female entrepreneurs in Cleveland selected to join the John Carroll University Women’s Advisory Council. She is a wife and mother of two, world traveler and a recreational triathlete who loves cooking and spending time outdoors.
Aya earned her Bachelor of Architecture degree from New Jersey Institute of Technology and Master’s in Architecture and Urban Design from Columbia University. Her interest in the hospitality industry led her to further her education through Harvard University’s Hospitality Design and Planning professional development program.
Rob Shearer, Architect and Project Coordinator
Rob is an NCARB licensed architect in several states as well as a certified HERS Rater and expert in residential energy efficiency. He graduated Cum Laude from Kent State University in 1998 with a Bachelor of Architecture, Bachelor of Arts, and Minor in Mathematics.
Mike George, Business Manager
As a core member of the management team – Mike George brings his experience as a Business Manager and his skills in Business Development to the MGS Global Group team. He’s been instrumental in helping MGS Global Group grow these past couple of years. In his spare time he’s an outdoor enthusiast, adventure traveler and a soccer fanatic.
Larry Shlachter, Finance
Larry is responsible for overseeing the functions of accounting, finance, personnel and other administrative areas. He is a graduate of the Robert H. Smith School of Business at the University of Maryland, College Park and has a Certificate in Hotel Operations from New York University. His varied professional background includes marketing, small business management and the non-profit sector. He has been with MGS Global Group since the company was founded.
MGS Global Group began in 2005 when CEO Aya Shlachter was working as an architectural consultant in New York City. She was working from home and taking care of her infant, all while working on a massive roll-out of construction documents for a major fashion retail company. Aya was commissioned to produce 300 shops in 6 months. She realized that she could not do it on her own so she quickly hired and trained people from her small apartment in Queens.
She not only delivered, but exceeded their expectations leading to the founding of MGS Global Group.
MGS Consulting Founded
Expanded into Retail Industry with 300 shops for a luxury fashion company
Contracted with a second fashion company
Opened Office in the Philippines
Milestone 300 stores produced
Began work with hospitality partners
Contracted with toy company to roll-out 30 shop concepts
Milestone 900 stores produced
Milestone 3,000 stores produced
Expanded service line to include Material Takeoffs and Estimating
Added representatives in NY & Chicago
Opened office in Cleveland
Contracted with the world’s largest fast food chain for 200+ new shops
Contracted with national hardware chain for large-scale expansion and project renovation
Opened office in New York
Expanded service line to Production Graphic Design
Became annual sponsor for Cleveland AIA
Expanded Graphic Design Production Team