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

DIRECTOR OF BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT

As Director of Business Development 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!”

MEGAN TUPPER

DIRECTOR OF PRODUCTION & DESIGN

Our Director of Production and Design, Megan Tupper brings a balance of creativity and organization to the team that is unparalleled. Her tranquil demeanor shines from the beginning stages of the event through completion, which gives our clients and vendor partnerships a voice of comfort in what can often be a hurried working environment. She blends her artistic background with strong roots in hospitality to produce new ways of thinking in terms of presentation, service, and the overall guest experience. Megan believes food is inspiration, it is deep and meaningful. Her desire to continue growth within the industry and true passion for food is what sets her as a cut above the rest.

JULIO CASTORENA

EXECUTIVE CHEF

Born and raised in Cuernavaca, Mexico, known as the “City of Eternal Spring”, Julio’s passion for cooking has been shaped by the vibrant, complex, and unique flavors stemming from his mother’s kitchen and her garden. At home, he enjoys combining authentic Latin ingredients with international flavors utilizing inventive culinary techniques to create flavorful and stimulating meals.

Self-taught and mother approved, Julio’s 15-year culinary career began in the restaurant industry of Chicago and expanded to climbing the ladder in the catering world of Los Angeles from the ground up. He is seasoned in orchestrating both large-scale events as well as intimate dining experiences for various discerning clients including political figures, business moguls, and Hollywood A-listers.

Julio holds a bachelor’s degree in business with focus on hospitality management. He is passionate about culinary arts and using sustainable, local, and organic ingredients. He’s an avid tea drinker with a sophisticated palate for pure teas but occasionally experiments with various creative tisanes.

Julio's passion for food has been manifested through the elevation of the Tres L.A. Catering brand.  Since he has been at the helm, Tres L.A. Catering has been recognized as the "Best Catering Company" in Los Angeles at the CWD Awards and he has received multiple accolades and mentions in industry publications.  The foundation of the Tres L.A. experience is through Julio's creative culinary vision.  

JEN MACLEAN

EBELL SENIOR SALES MANAGER

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. 

CAROLINA STRATMAN

CORPORATE FOOD SERVICE PROGRAM MANAGER

A Los Angeles native with South American roots, Carolina is a natural-born “people person” who has a skill set that goes well beyond her studies in psychology. With meticulous attention to detail, Carolina has played a significant role in developing, staffing and overseeing multiple corporate foodservice accounts.

As an avid traveler, Carolina has seen most of the world and has developed an appreciation for the people, culture and cuisine of many other countries. She believes that sharing a meal with friends or colleagues, even in a work setting, should be a cherished experience. Wherever the environment may be, Carolina’s goal is to create the highlight of your day.  

TRAVIS BATEMAN

BRAND & MARKETING MANAGER

Travis was born and raised in Houston but is a Southern California native at heart. With a previous sales background, Travis made his mark in the marketing industry by fueling substantial growth for a tech start-up through brand development, marketing strategy and the use of social media. Travis' passion for photography evolved into a useful tool to help curate brand content on multiple platforms.

Travis has a deep love of surfing and enjoys the unwavering solitude and revitalization it offers. He has dedicated his life to continue learning to overcome any obstacle and lives by the saying, “Don’t limit your challenge, challenge your limits.”

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.

MANDY HANLON

CARONDELET HOUSE SENIOR SALES MANAGER

Mandy brings 16 years of event experience with her as the Senior Sales Manager of Carondelet House. A Southern Californian through and through, her roots match her sunny disposition. Specializing in venues, her skills were refined from working in hotels to museums, even a Vintage Victorian Residence. In 2012, Bizbash awarded her Venue Manager of the Year. She exhibits true passion and genuine connections with both clients and vendors alike. Mandy’s love of travel and a good mystery novel reveals a willingness and fascination of what is to come. Her charisma shines through as a leader of the industry.

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BRANDON FOX

STAFFING MANAGER

Brandon Fox has been in the catering and restaurant industry since 2004. Originally from Chicago, he developed a passion for food and wine while working at some of the City's top restaurants. He found his niche in hospitality when working for high-end caterers and executing fabulous events. Brandon’s clientele has included the British Consulate of Chicago, The MacArthur Foundation, Northwestern University, Ariel Investments, and many of Chicago’s perennial socialites. Brandon has a Court of Master Sommeliers Introductory pin and a mixology certification from the Academy of Spirits and Fine Service. His background and experience provides him with the ability to perform and manage each position in the Front of House. He brings an eye for service and a flare of style to the team. Brandon strives to tailor each experience to not only meet the client’s expectations, but to exceed them. Whether it is an intimate celebration or large-scale corporate event, our guests will experience and see the difference a personal touch can make when staffing the day.

PJ SOUKSANITH

THE MASON DALLAS VENUE MANAGER

PJ started his journey into hospitality through his work with Disney and has been in love with the industry ever since. As a Texas native, he has been able to work for a variety of amazing companies and has used that knowledge to further hone his ability to deliver the best experiences to everyone he meets. PJ is always eager to tackle new projects and solve problems creatively, while making sure that service and integrity remain the focal point in any situation. One of his core beliefs is “if you’re not spending your time making other lives better, then you’re wasting your time” and it shows through his interaction with people to make sure to execute the most extravagant events

ASHLEY WILLIAMS 

THE MASON DALLAS VENUE SALES MANAGER

Born and raised in Texas, Ashley’s southern charm and hospitality shines through in her role as Venue Sales Manager. With over 5 years in the hospitality business at a large Convention & Resort Property, Ashley brings an abundance of customer service, communication skills, and creativity to each event. By approaching each wedding and event as she would one of her own and treating each client as a close friend, Ashley is able to craft memorable experiences and relationships alike. A connoisseur of wine and charcuterie, Ashley enjoys intimate gatherings with flowing conversation. Her spontaneous and “can do” attitude allows her to create extravagent events.