our team

leadership

jim spitzig

jim spitzig is President of Level 3 Design Group. His consistent vision and commitment to client's goals and business integrity has been integral in the firm's continued growth. It is Jim's entrepreneurial spirit and success owning hotels that enables him to relate to and understand the needs and goals of hospitality owners. Since the company's inception in 1995, Jim has been leading the day-to-day activities of the firm while maintaining the firms' strong relationships with national brands like Marriott Hotels, Hilton Hotels and InterContinental Hotels. These relationships have enabled the firm to design a variety of properties from three and four-star hotels to boutique and high-end luxury towers. Jim earned a B.S. in both Engineering and Business from Purdue University and quickly jumped into the entrepreneurial game. He has owned successful art companies and hotels both in the Midwest and in California.

alisa fouse

alisa fouse, Chief Operating Officer for Level 3 Design Group, manages and directs the company’s day-to-day operations as well as oversees projects implementation (from inception and design through installation). Alisa’s ability to create team enables her to coordinate with everyone involved throughout the entire process to make sure the designs are inspiring, the pricing is within budget, the deadlines are met, and the client’s are completely satisfied. Her commitment to excellence ensures that every aspect of a client’s project is designed, purchased, built and installed with a level of passion, creativity and integrity that you synonymous with Level 3 Design Group. Alisa graduated from Colorado State University with a Bachelors Degree in Journalism and Speech Communications, and has spent the majority of her career in the hospitality, architecture and design industries. Drawing upon her vast experiences in each of those fields enables Alisa to be proactive and decisive in her role with Level 3. An avid traveler and chef, when not in the office, you will often find her traveling with her young son or experimenting with amazing meals.

colleen ibanez

colleen ibanez is the Chief Financial Officer or Accounting Manager for Level 3 Design Group. In her role, Colleen is responsible for making sure the integrity and excellence of the accounting for Level 3 is maintained. Colleen was born and raised in Los Angeles and earned a Bachelors Degree in Business Economics from the University of California, Irvine. Before joining Level 3 Design Group, she worked in purchasing in Australia and tax accounting in Orange County. Though her background is left brain focused, when she’s not at work you can find her pursuing more right brained interests, like painting, reading and photography… or you might not find her because she’s temporarily skipped town to chase a new adventure in a foreign country.

design

eduardo renteria

eduardo renteria, Interior Designer with Level 3 Design Group, uses his love of space and form to create intimate, charismatic, bold and sophisticated designs for Level 3’s clients. His passion for detail and ingenuity, coupled with his commitment to his clients’ budgetary needs, enables him to create spaces and design products that are unique and purposeful. He has an innate ability to marry the creative and the functional aspects of design together effortlessly. Eduardo is a graduate of San Jose State University and began his career with an internship at Level 3 Design Group. The hands-on internship enabled him to really engross himself in all aspects of the design process and his talents have been utilized by Level 3 ever since. Eduardo has a passion for all design and spends his spare time polishing his graphic design skills, cooking, exploring new restaurants and spending time with his loved ones.

rachael Zuniga

Rachael Zuniga is an Interior Designer with Level 3 Design Group. In her role, Rachael is responsible for supporting throughout the design process to make sure deadlines are met, specifications are accurate and designs are impeccable. Rachael is from Southern California and has always had a love for design, art, and cars. She studied interior design at Fullerton College and is currently working on furthering her education in design. She started interning for Level 3 in 2014 and was hired on full time in 2015.

megan caldera

megan caldera serves as Level 3’s Design Department Manager and CAD Specialist, and has over 10 years of experience in the architecture field. She earned her Bachelor of Architecture degree from California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo. She is LEED AP (Accredited Professional) with the US Green Building Council and is committed to creating sustainable and renewable design. Megan brings with her a wealth of knowledge on building code and compliance specifications. As our resident Design Department Manager/CAD specialist, Megan ensures that each project is designed and developed to its maximum potential for space planning and flow. Megan Caldera currently lives in Long Beach, the city where her grandparents owned a home in the 1940's, with her husband, daughter, and two dogs. She is a founding member of the non-profit The Beetle Group which is committed to elevating the health, beautification and safety of Long Beach communities. She grew up as a fourth generation Japanese American and is passionate about cultural awareness and preservation.

lindsay clarke

lindsay clarke is an innovative and energetic designer who specializes in high-end hospitality including large-scale developments and sophisticated spaces. She has continually focused on hospitality design and she is committed to creating beautiful, cutting edge and functional design spaces. She loves to partner with her clients and support them in realizing their design dreams. Originally from London, Lindsay has lived in Los Angeles for the past 10 years. She graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Interior Design from the Art Institute of Orange County. Her love of hotels extends beyond design; before her design career Lindsay worked in the hotel industry and uses this experience support her exceptional designs. Outside of work Lindsay loves to travel, go to music festivals, do yoga and hula hoop!

kimberly enriquez

kimberly enriquez works as a CAD specialist for Level 3 Design Group. In her role, Kimberly supports the design department in making sure designs are functional and buildable. Her attention to detail enables her to really explore the options of each design. Kimberly was born in Philippines and raised in Delano, CA. After graduating with a B.S. in Civil Engineering from California State University, Fresno, Kimberly moved to beautiful Los Angeles where she enjoys the weather, diverse cultures, concerts, art galleries, and restaurants. Before joining Level 3 Design Group, she worked for interior design and architectural firms as well as a manufacturing plant providing services such as surveying, drawing, and managing plans. Kimberly enjoys traveling, exploring new hobbies like photography, playing basketball and golf, and learning new things.

gina fontanella

gina fontanella is a Design Assistant with Level 3 Design Group. She is responsible for supporting our design team. Her fresh perspective and organization skills make her an asset to the team. After graduating from Virginia Tech with a degree in Interior Design, Gina moved to Los Angeles to join the Level 3 Design Group. Gina enjoys flea markets and crafting. She takes pride in her passion for interior design and is working on her WELL Certification.

project management / purchasing

sergio estrella

sergio estrella, Project Manager and Purchaser for Level 3 Design Group, manages the day-to-day operations throughout the procurement, delivery, and install phases for properties located throughout the United States. His work ethic and relationship building strength is key to successfully anticipating challenges and meeting critical deadlines. Sergio is a strategic leader who maximizes his strengths to execute decisions and meet our company and client goals. You will find Sergio to be energetic, confident and personable, the type of person in which our partners and clients rely on. Sergio earned a B.S. in Business Management from the University of California, Riverside. He immediately jumped the sales and customer service industries. Throughout the years Sergio has acquired a wide variety of experience that gives our company the flexibility to place him in a number of contexts with the confidence that the level of excellence our clients expect will be met.

michelle wilson

michelle wilson, Project Manager and Purchaser for Level 3 Design Group, is a seasoned, creative professional with 20 years of broad project management, procurement, sourcing, and logistics experience, specializing in luxury, specialty and international properties. Her strong analytical and critical thinking skills allow her to consistently bring complicated projects in on time and within budget. Michelle uses her comprehensive knowledge of design, furniture, textiles and finishes to ensure her clients receive the fullest possible realization of the designer’s vision within the constraints of schedule and funds. Michelle is an innovative, accomplished problem-solver skilled at building and maintaining effective working relationships who finds great joy and satisfaction in a job well done. Her combination of efficiency, effectiveness, experience and sophistication make her someone clients consistently request for their most challenging projects.

julia stokes

julia stokes, Systems Administrator and Purchaser for Level 3 Design Group is the company’s resident geek. Julia is responsible for the configuration of the company’s design and purchasing system and is most excited while creating and coding customized 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 Masters degree in Nonprofit Administration. While she’s not using her Arabic skills anymore (or her Hindi/Urdu or French for that matter), her love of humanity and cultures the world over has led to adventures and relationships around the globe. Today however, you’ll find her closer to home running barefoot on the beach in Santa Monica or training for an ultra-marathon on nearby Malibu trails.

andre barrera

andre barrera, Purchasing Assistant, works as purchasing assistant for Level 3 Design Group. In his role, Andre assists in daily operations pertaining to procurement, delivery, and installation for multiple properties across the country. His outgoing personality and willingness to go above and beyond make him the type of purchaser that is very easy to work with. He has worked different roles within the company and prides himself in always striving to learn the ins and outs of the industry. Andre is a Los Angeles native and studied Sociology at The University of Arizona in Tucson. Before joining Level 3, he spent 7 years working for Wells Fargo Bank. He currently lives in Glassell Park, CA and loves exploring the city that he grew up in.

meridith calloway

meridith calloway is a Purchasing Assistant with Level 3 Design Group. She is responsible for supporting the purchasing team, and making sure the procurement process runs smoothly. She ensures that deadlines are met and vendors are held accountable to deliver. She also takes charge of checking accuracy of reports, purchase orders and invoices. During her purchasing career, she has enjoyed working with various clients and has established great relationships. Meridith is from Los Angeles and attended Sonoma State University. She possesses high attention to detail and has great communication skills.

administration / sales

ernest de lagarde

ernest de lagarde is an Executive Assistant with years of experience in finance, sales and business development across a range of industries. His passion for business and superior customer service are what drives him. His incredibly diverse skillset makes it possible to dive into many roles within the Level 3 Team. His business skills and profit-driven strategic thinking are rooted in private equity conference sales, hedge funds and institutional investments, while his work in public relations, emergency medicine, and public sector politics lend him the ability to handle any situation that may arise. Ernest completed two years at Pepperdine University and is a persuasive negotiator with an innate skill for seeing the big picture, and the ability to translate ideas into numbers while ensuring a profitable outcome. He is able to juggle a multitude of complex tasks from logistics to marketing and coordination of human capital, and has proven leadership capabilities, having at one time managed and trained a workforce of emergency responders. Outside of work, Ernest has a great interest in saving bees and Monarch butterflies, exemplifying his love for the environment, the beach, nature and sustainability.

dion george

dion george, Accounts Payable Manager, is responsible for accounting, vendor payments and bookkeeping for Level 3 Design Group. An integral part of our core team, Dion’s ability to balance the financial needs of each project with the day-to-day demands of the accounting department makes him the go-to person for most project managers. Originally from Atlanta, Georgia, Dion holds a Bachelor in Accounting degree from Georgia State University and has held various accounting roles for the past 12 years. Dion’s family is from the Caribbean and he loves spending time by the ocean. When not crunching numbers, Dion explores his creativity through writing, producing music and traveling.

monika dinkins

monika dinkins is an executive assistant with Level 3 Design Group. She is a valuable team member committed to ensuring the excellence and integrity of our systems and organization. In her role, she supports with contracts, client communication and administrative functions throughout the company. She graduated from University of North Texas with a Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism. Monika moved to Los Angeles two years ago and in her spare time she works on her passion in the creative arts.

matthew sroda

matthew sroda - business consultant Matthew’s role is to bring innovative designs, expert project management, and meticulously budgeted projects to new and existing clients. Matthew has worked with Fortune 500 companies such as Johnson and Johnson in one their startup divisions and understands the importance of brand and marketing for specific franchises. He served on the leadership advisory board with Johnson and Johnson and developed and honed his leadership and enrollment skills. Matthew has seamlessly been able to transition into the hospitality world and has brought with him a wealth of experience, knowledge and his ever[present commitment to the client. Matthew is from Scottsdale, Arizona and earned a B.A. in marketing at Grand Canyon University and attended Richmond College in London, England. Matthew has experience purchasing a sizable portfolio of multifamily properties that has enabled a perfect marriage into the world of hospitality.

ernie carmona

ernie carmona is an Assistant with Level 3 Design Group, and works tirelessly to support the various departments of the company. He is committed to excellence and teamwork and is known by many clients as the guy to call when needing last minute support. He assists in all areas of the company from design to purchasing and project management with enthusiasm and a commitment to make sure the client is satisfied. In addition to Level 3, Ernie works part time with the LA Unified School District as a tutor for elementary school children. His passion for education and inspiring kids shows up in his day-to-day mentoring capacity. He is currently attending Cal State Los Angeles University and will receive his Bachelor's in Business in 2016.