OUR TEAM

Alisa Fouse - Level 3 Design Group team

Alisa Fouse

Principal, Chief Operating Officer

Having spent the majority of her career in the hospitality, architecture, and design industry, Alisa takes a proactive approach to guiding the daily operations and implementation of company projects. Her commitment to excellence and concept of team are the promotive attributes that ensure that every aspect of a client’s project is designed, purchased, built and installed with a level of passion, inspiration, creativity and integrity that is synonymous with Level 3 Design Group. Alisa is a graduate of Colorado State University with a bachelor’s degree in journalism and speech communications. Her vast experiences throughout various industry fields allows Alisa to be decisive and bring motivating viewpoints into her role at Level 3.

FUN FACT

Alisa can recite the alphabet faster backward than forward and is a master chef who loves to experiment with unconventional meals and recipes. Her specialties are Italian food and her famous yogurt tacos with sprinkles for her son. She also loves to travel.

Brent Lynch

Principal, President

With thirty-one years of experience dedicated to interior design, architectural services and FF&E procurement for the hospitality industry, Brent brings consummate knowledge to every hotel project. As the recently named President of Level 3 Design Group, he will lead the executive management team and share oversight of operations for the firm, including Project Management, Purchasing, Marketing, and direct oversight of the Interior Design teams.

He has worked on projects in multiple segments of the industry, including Marriott, Hilton, Fairmont, IHG, MGM, and Caesar’s – with management of large portfolios of hotel projects.

He is active in numerous hospitality associations and is an active panel speaker at industry trade events and conferences.

Prior to joining Level 3, Brent was with HFS Concepts 4 for 17 years.

He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Wofford College in Spartanburg, South Carolina and attended the Art Institute of Chicago.

FUN FACT

Jim Spitzig - Level 3 Design Group team

Jim Spitzig

Principal, Founder

Since launching Level 3 Design Group in 1995, Jim has been leading the day-to-day activities while maintaining the firm’s strong relationships with national brands like Marriott, Hilton, and InterContinental Hotels. Jim’s unmatched entrepreneurial spirit is at the helm of his success in owning hotels and makes him an expert in understanding the needs and goals of hospitality owners domestically and abroad. His clarity of vision, business integrity and commitment to clients’ goals has been integral in the firm’s continued upward growth. Jim earned dual bachelor’s degrees in engineering and business from Purdue University.

FUN FACT

The ultimate globetrotter and thrill seeker, Jim has done a lot of everything. From riding a motorcycle in California or a camel in Marrakesh, to skydiving, bungee jumping, playing water polo or go cart racing with the Level 3 team, he’s always on the go. When not working on the next great hotel project, he flies to foreign lands to explore the joy, culture, diversity and learning that world travel brings. His favorite thing to do however, is spend quality time with his son.

Julia Stokes - Level 3 Design Group team

Julia Stokes

System Administrator & Purchaser

Julia is the resident geek who configures, codes and customizes the design and purchasing system for Level 3 and is most excited when handling reports and documents. As a purchaser, she works seamlessly with designers, project managers, construction teams, vendors and clients throughout the project. Julia is a graduate of the University of Michigan with a degree in North African and Middle Eastern studies and a master’s degree in nonprofit administration.

FUN FACT

Julia is a twin and an avid trail runner. It’s been rumored around the office that the only running partner that can keep up and not get left in the dust is her Corgi, Stetson.

Lee Gott

Principal, Creative Director

With industry-recognized talent and 23 years of experience in hospitality and high-end residential design, Lee brings extensive knowledge to Level 3. She believes that well-designed spaces are a reflection of their environment, function and design vision. She manages and implements that vision through a strong collaboration with the architects, owners, and brands. Prior to joining Level 3 as Creative Director, Lee held positions as Design Director at Studio HBA in Santa Monica, CA, and Director of Design at HFS Concepts 4 in Long Beach, CA. Particularly skilled in FF&E and custom furniture design, she has designed projects throughout the United States and in China. She graduated with a BFA of Interior Design degree from American Intercontinental and is NCIDQ certified.

FUN FACT

Lee has both British and Southern roots and enjoys cooking with friends, wine tasting, biking, swimming, and traveling. Her favorite travel spots: England, France, Italy, Greece, Denmark, Charleston, SC and Key West, FL.

Megan Caldera - Level 3 Design Group team

Megan Caldera

Principal, Head of Design

With over 11 years of experience in the architecture field, Megan brings a wealth of knowledge on building code and compliance specifications and ensures that each project is designed and developed to its maximum potential for space planning and flow. Megan is a LEED AP (Accredited Professional) with the U.S. Green Building Council, committed to creating sustainable and renewable design. She earned her Bachelor of Architecture degree from California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo. A proud fourth generation Japanese American, Megan resides in Long Beach, in a 1920’s Spanish revival home with her husband, daughter, and two dogs. Long Beach has a special significance since it’s the same city where her grandparents owned their home during the 1940’s.

FUN FACT

Aside from moving to Thailand for 3 months to attend architecture school, Megan was a competitive gymnast for 15 years and can still do the splits. She is also a founding member of the non-profit The Beetle Group, which is committed to elevating the health, beautification and safety of Long Beach communities. When not completely immersed in all things hospitality, you may catch her at a karaoke bar singing her favorite song “Roxanne!” by the Police.

Michelle Wilson - Level 3 Design Group team

Michelle Wilson

Principal, Director of Purchasing

Michelle is a seasoned, creative professional with over 20 years of broad project management, procurement, sourcing and logistics experience. Specializing in luxury and international properties, her strong analytical and critical thinking skills allow her to consistently bring complicated projects in on time and within budget. Her efficiency, combined wither vast knowledge of the design industry has built an excellent foundation of effective long-standing working relationships. Michelle is inspired by the most challenging of projects and finds great joy and satisfaction in a job well done.

FUN FACT

Not only does she create exquisite design concepts for hotels, but also for herself. Michelle is a five-star fashionista and has been spotted wearing her own fabulous designs in the office and at exclusive events.

Mike Dominguez

Principal, Senior Interior Designer

For nearly two decades, this California native and die hard urbanite has been designing mid to high end hospitality projects throughout the United States. During this time, Mike had the unique pleasure of touching multiple different hospitality genres including restaurant, casino, multifamily, and hotel interior design for various notable restauranteurs, developers, and hotel brands. His attention to detail, a penchant for client satisfaction, and overall positive disposition have enabled many a successful project and longstanding relationships in the hospitality community. Mike received his design degree from Brooks College in 2004 where he was Valedictorian of his graduating class. Following this, his immediate employment with a renowned Southern California restaurant design firm set him up to thoroughly navigate the hospitality design process and he now lands at Level 3 to embark on an exciting new chapter.

FUN FACT

Even though he was an “artsy” kid that was always sketching and tinkering, interior design is actually Mike’s second career. His first career was in healthcare where he started out as a dialysis technician for a major area hospital. After a few years and a few promotions, a particularly bad episode of Trading Spaces inspired him to enroll in design school to obtain his degree which (finally) enabled him to channel his love of beautiful spaces into a bona fide career.  Another fun fact: His favorite parlor trick is that he is able to name all of the 50 United States alphabetically in under 20 seconds.

Monika Dinkins - Level 3 Design Group team

Monika Dinkins

Principal, Executive Operations Specialist

Monika orchestrates and implements all of the administrative and office management functions for Level 3. An organized team player known for handling every project with excellence and reliability, Monika leads the charge on a multitude of tasks such as scheduling, planning, contracts, outreach, property management, operations, travel coordination and client relations. She is a graduate of the University of North Texas with a bachelor’s degree in journalism and is invaluable to the Level 3 team.

FUN FACT

Monika is a musical genius. When not in the office, you will find her laying down vocals, recording, writing and producing music for her on stage persona, Lou Ridley (www.louridley.com).

Nichet Smith - Level 3 Design Group team

Nichet Smith

Principal, Purchasing & Public Relations

An experienced professional with an executive career built largely in the non-profit arena, Nichet serves as the liaison between media outlets, the press, and the general public. She creates marketing collateral and develops information dissemination strategies to further elevate the profile, reputation and visibility of the Level 3 brand. Her exemplary interpersonal communication skills and business acumen are an added benefit in her ability to cultivate and maintain relationships in all areas of the company. Nichet obtained a Bachelor of Science in Justice Studies from Arizona State University and enjoys using her many skill sets at Level 3 in a capacity that provides fun, new, and rewarding challenges.

FUN FACT

Nichet has trekked the globe to advocate for the world’s most underserved populations and visited the White House several times (during the Bush and Obama Administrations) for briefings, meetings, or a groovy party. Her fondest memories include her travels to South Africa for a dinner party hosted by Nelson Mandela and a trip to the Middle East and Germany on Air Force 2 as part of a special USO holiday tour for the troops. Nichet’s obsessed with Latin dance, specifically merengue, salsa, samba, bachata, and reggaetón. She also loves lip gloss and created her own natural line called Lip Niche.

Sergio Estrella - Level 3 Design Group team

Sergio Estrella

Principal, Vendor Relations

Sergio is a strategic leader who manages operations throughout the procurement, delivery, and install phases for properties located throughout the United States. He diligently utilizes his business acumen to execute decisions and meet company and client goals. His confidence and personable disposition assures colleagues and clients alike that anticipated challenges will be handled, and critical deadlines will be met. Sergio has a Bachelor of Science in Business Management from the University of California, Riverside. His broad business experience allows the flexibility to place him in a number of contexts with confidence and ease.

FUN FACT

Growing up farming and in family of bull riders in Jalisco, Mexico, Sergio loves the rodeo. He played La Crosse in high school and is a craftsman who can build just about anything out of wood. When not lending his time to speaking to youth in the Los Angeles area to go after their dreams, he will be mowing his lawn, something he absolutely loves to do.

Warren Aston

Principal, V.P. Business Development

As Vice President of Business Development, Warren’s focus is on developing and maintaining relationships with current and past clients, as well as building awareness of the Level 3 Design Group’s unique capabilities throughout the industry. Warren has become a recognized and noteworthy leader in the hotel design industry. He has spoken at multiple conferences, interviewed by publications and podcasts, and has built incredible connections throughout the industry. He brings a wealth of marketing and sales development experience to Level 3. Warren is a graduate of UCLA and holds a bachelor’s degree in Business and Finance. Originally from Toronto, Canada, Warren now resides in Dana Point, California with his wife and three children.

 

FUN FACT

Aside from his passion for work, family, community outreach,surfing,  and skateboarding, Warren loves Reggae music.