HOSPITALITY PROVOCATEURS

ALAN DUNN

FOUNDER

Like most college kids, I had no idea what I wanted to do when I started school. I grew up in Dallas, Texas and worked my way through the University of North Texas waiting tables and bartending. I enjoyed the work, but it was a means to an end and at the time, I really didn’t think of it as a life’s ambition. I finished with an Economics degree and enough knowledge to know that I didn’t want to be an Economist.

My real education began the week after I graduated from college. I sold my car and bought a one-way ticket to Paris and traveled through Europe and Asia for over a year. In every way, this time in my life brought me an awareness and appreciation for other cultures that I don’t think I could have ever absorbed had I stayed in my hometown.

When I came back to the States, I enrolled in the NYC theatre school Circle in the Square. I spent the next five years in New York as a quintessential struggling actor; which meant I was also a waiter and bartender.

I moved to Los Angeles to pursue acting, but I landed a job as a Food and Beverage Manager at the Standard Hotel in Hollywood. It soon led to me taking a position as the Food & Beverage Director at The Standard's sister property––the iconic Chateau Marmont Hotel. After several years of providing hospitality and cuisine in a way that caters to the specific tastes of the most discriminating clientele in Los Angeles, I felt confident in starting a brand of my own. A catering company at the highest level, paring exceptional cuisine with luxury hotel-caliber service. Tres L.A. was created in 2003.

With the Tres L.A Group, my driving principle has been to leverage my past experience and deliver the same level of service, detail and visual appeal for our clients and their guests that I learned while working in the boutique hotel and restaurant industry. At the same time, foster a positive and spirited work culture for employees to grow and feel as if they are part of something more meaningful than just a stepping-stone in their journey.

In 2011, I purchased what is now known as The Carondelet House and in 2015, I purchased The Ebell of Long Beach. In 2020 we opened our doors at The Mason, Dallas.  I approached the remodeling and design of each venue as a blank canvas where I could fully curate every aspect of my work experience, my education, and my travels. I’d like to think the venues have become a pure expression of my vision as a host–– elegant, timeless and above all else, inviting.

ROB PAUSMITH

VICE PRESIDENT

As Vice President of Trés LA Group, Rob Pausmith brings over 20 Years of hospitality and event experience to the team. He uniquely pairs his sense of taste, design, and culture with an ability to deliver seamless event production and customized catered experiences. Presiding and managing over 500 events a year with the team, Rob is a very well-respected industry veteran. From large-scale corporate events to lavish weddings, his dedication to preparedness and attention to detail ensures that every event is expertly handled. Rob creates magic with his clients, and fully believes in his motto, “Only the best...for the best!”

TRES L.A. GROUP

LET'S GET PLANNING

Reach out to us for availability and pricing. We look forward to working together. For inquires about our venues, please visit the venue websites and fill out the contact form there.

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CAROLINA STRATMAN

CORPORATE FOOD SERVICE PROGRAM MANAGER

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KENNETH PLOTKIN

CULINARY DIRECTOR

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HENRY VERSSENDAAL

CONTROLLER

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MIKE MAFFE

BEVERAGE DIRECTOR - SWEETWATER COCKTAILS

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LAURA MEYER

HIRING & STAFFING MANAGER

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CLINT UPCHURCH

BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT STRATEGIST

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NADEEM KHATTAK

HR & PAYROLL MANAGER

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MYLENE SILVER

HR & CULTURE MANAGER

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ELISE PRIZZI

SENIOR PRODUCTION MANAGER

Elise Prizzi is our experienced Senior Production Manager. With over 10 years in the hospitality business, her quick thinking and ability to problem solve make her an influential force. Driven by a passion for event logistics, she takes pride in producing events on any scale. She brings excellent organizational skills and innovation to the team while managing offsite catering operations to greatness. Her detail-oriented nature ensures that all our off-site and in-house productions run smoothly. Elise gives her all, so our clients can rest assured that every noticeable touch is handled.

KELSIE HENDRIX

PRODUCTION MANAGER

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AVERY LANE

PRODUCTION MANAGER

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MIRANDA GONZALEZ

BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT & SALES STRATEGIST - SWEET WATER COCKTAILS

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JENNIFER MACLEAN

SENIOR SALES MANAGER - EBELL OF LONG BEACH

A desert girl at heart, our Event Sales Manager for Ebell Long Beach, Jen MacLean exudes warmth to everyone she meets. She brings a level of expertise to the Trés LA team, as she has called Ebell home for going on 6 years. With over 300 weddings under her belt, her skilled strengths and lovely ambition ensure that no detail will go unnoticed. Jen’s welcoming personality, true smile, and willingness to give of herself establishes relationships that may start as clients, but inevitably become more like good friends. She has a passion for gathering people together and a strong cup of coffee. 

SHERRI GRAFF

SENIOR SALES MANAGER - CARONDELET HOUSE

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KATIE SHERBERT

PRODUCTION MANAGER - EBELL OF LONG BEACH

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ADAM NICHLSON

CHEF DE CUISINE - EBELL OF LONG BEACH

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RICARDO CAPRA

CHEF DE CUISINE - ROOM SERVICE

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JENNIFER ESCAMILLA

EXECUTIVE ASSISTANT

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ANDREA ROMAN

HUMAN RESOURCES ASSISTANT

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OLIVIA REID

PRODUCTION & DESIGN ASSISTANT

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