As one of the founding owners of Built for Dreams, Alisha has developed her career in interior design and construction for more than 20 years…
President and CEO
Registered Interior Designer #09871, NCIDQ, IIDA
Office fun facts:
“Technology junkie. Currently looking for a pet drone to convert into a Personal Assistant.”
“Super hero is Herimone Granger – she stays cool in tough situations and is able to fix life with a single wave of her magic wand. “Live-e-osa!”
“Gypsy spirit, can travel across the world, prop her feet in the sand and call it an office.”
As one of the founding owners of Built for Dreams, Alisha has developed her career in interior design and construction for more than 20 years. She owned and operated a design studio for 12 years before founding Built for Dreams, and worked in architectural and engineering firms prior to that.
“My love for the built environment stems from growing up in a construction focused family. My passion, however, is interiors. We live inside spaces, work inside spaces, play inside spaces; even outdoor spaces have indoor components (restaurant patios, coffee and cantinas, hotel courtyards and café’s, health and wellness areas for hospitals to spas, resort and bungalow living to name a few).
Quality interior design maximizes our usefulness of spaces through space planning, interior architectural detailing and textural design, enhanced by décor elements. Together, all of this enhances comfort, supports wellness and well-being and appeases our send of personal style. Construction, when delivered as part of the creative process, through the use of talented craftspeople, makes the final architectural product highly satisfying to the client. It made perfect sense for me to meld design and construction into a design/build service to ensure our clients get exactly what we design to the level of quality our clients expect.
I approach interiors with these base beliefs to give each client an individualized and personalized project. I adopt the work ethic that this can be accomplished in some way for any budget.
And finally, interior designers are a venue for creativity and Built for Dreams bubbles over with it.”
Education & Licensure:
Guilty Pleasures: Chocolate anything, a vacation anywhere and lifelong friends to share them with.
Favorite Places: While anywhere with a sandy beach will satisfy as a favorite place, I still have so many places to go, I don’t know what may emerge as my favorite!
Additional Passions: My passions include any day when I get to do absolutely nothing! (still waiting for that day)
Rita brings 30 years of interior design experience in commercial project design and project management, space planning and commercial furniture sales.
Vice President and Interior Designer
“Will use anything as an excuse to chop fresh fruit and bring us a homemade quiche.”
“Guru of ribbons and cellophane.”
“It makes her day to make her clients happy and will do anything to make it happen.”
As an interior designer and owner with Built for Dreams, Rita brings 30 years of interior design experience in commercial project design and project management, space planning and commercial furniture sales. She partnered with Built for Dreams in 2010 bringing 18 years of commercial furniture sales experience and a wealth of personal and professional relationships which allowed Built for Dreams to secure a HAWORTH® furniture dealership. HAWORTH®is one of the top world industry leaders in higher end commercial furniture, moveable walls and systems furniture. This dealership allows Built for Dreams to be positioned to deliver a premier furniture solution to businesses and agencies in this marketplace.
“Having spent so many years in commercial furniture, I knew I could bring my experience to Built for Dreams and get to accomplish something really great. I get to do something different every day at Built for Dreams and have resources that I haven’t had in the past. Our company sells a product, but it also has the capacity to design and build giving our clients a whole perspective to the process. I have the resources of design creativity and talent backing me, and am able to offer so much more to my clients through Built for Dreams. Aligning with these ladies has given me an amazing opportunity to personally and professionally grow. It is such an honor knowing that this company was able to secure a top competing dealership its first year in business. That is an unbelievable accomplishment.
The fundamental commitment to superb client service is key to our business. We always accomplish our client’s goals, and hard work is our standard. My biggest sense of accomplishment is leaving a project knowing our client is fully satisfied. I know that our success is directly attributed to the experience our clients have as a Built for Dreams customer, and my goal is to have lifetime customers.”
Community Service Boards:
-The Nurturing Center
-Habitat for Humanity
Education & Licensure: Interior Design, New York School of Design
Guilty Pleasures: Dark Chocolate
Favorite Places: The Mountains, and my own shady backyard
Additional Passions: I enjoy service projects, helping others and spending time with my family.
Interior design can carry you into so many different areas of focus, and there are so many aspects to interior design, you are not limited to one field of concentration.
Registered Interior Designer #11737, NCIDQ, IIDA
“The office social butterfly.”
“Takin’ care of business is her office hum.”
“Likes to feel the beat to any good song, is a dancing queen that will show you up on the dance floor.”
What I love about interior design, and what kept me in the field, is the notion that every person is different and every project is different. There is nothing monotonous about what we do. Interior design can carry you into so many different areas of focus, and there are so many aspects to interior design, you are not limited to one field of concentration. It stays fresh.
With Built for Dreams, I get exposed to different types of projects and clients with our focus in commercial interiors, the Haworth dealership, and design/build division for commercial. It is exciting to be involved in a whole project and watch a project evolve from an idea, a thought, and a drawing to a finished space. The process always feels like a great surprise at the end, and it is fun to be able to deliver a whole project to our clients
Education & Licensure: Bachelor of Interior Design, Minor Architecture, Texas Tech University
Texas Board of Architectural Examiners, #11737; NCIDQ, #31435, IIDA
Favorite Places: Texas Tech Tailgate Parties, laying out by a pool or a beach
Guilty Pleasures: Anything chocolate!
Additional Passions: Cooking, watching movies, spending time with family
I feel truly lucky to be a part of the Built for Dreams team where I get to work with a group of amazing women, there is so much passion that goes into this company.
Interior Designer, Associate IIDA
Office fun Facts:
“Queen of happiness and smiles and dog lover deluxe.”
“Wishing desperately disco would make a comeback.”
“Made history at BFD as the only person to receive a concussion from hitting the water while wakeboarding.”
“Says, “I can help” at least 10 times a day.”
I am originally from Odessa, TX and moved to Lubbock to attend school at Texas Tech. The interest of Interior Design was sparked at an early age for me, I have always been interested in transforming spaces into something unique, beautiful and functional. I love that the world of design is ever changing and always moving forward, making spaces healthier and practical for the working environment.
I feel truly lucky to be a part of the Built for Dreams team where I get to work with a group of amazing women, there is so much passion that goes into this company and the work we provide our clients. I love that our team takes so much pride into ensuring our customers have an aesthetically pleasing and healthy work place, that have been carefully designed for each individual project.
Education: Bachelor of Interior Design, Minor in Architecture, Texas Tech University
Favorite Places: The lake is my happy place, I also enjoy being in the mountains in Colorado, and going to historical sites in different cities seeing old architecture.
Guilty Pleasures: Hamburgers and Sheridan’s Custard!
Additional Passions: Wakeboarding, Snowboarding, the Gym/Working Out, Travel Adventures with my dog and husband.
I enjoy interior design as an ever-changing art that is distinctive, purposeful, and full of rhythm. Transforming the everyday mundane into a space of distinction.
Registered Interior Designer #11708, NCIDQ, IIDA
Office fun facts:
“Process Strategy Specialist aka Wizard of Chaos Management in high heels.”
“Trying to convince the world that Oreos and O.J. are a match in heaven.”
“Always in her zone, the quietest little box of delight.”
“I enjoy interior design because it is an ever-changing art that is distinctive, purposeful, and full of rhythm. As designer, I have an opportunity to transform the everyday mundane into a space of distinction. To see an idea start from a sketch and then become a physical reality is truly an incredible process to be a part of.
Built for Dreams is an amazing design firm where we are given opportunities to work on a wide range of projects. We design through collaboration; so our clients have the benefit of a team with diverse backgrounds and knowledge. Our goal is to understand the needs of an individual while creating a space that is purposeful and artistically pleasing. I am honored to work with a team that is passionate about design and improving the wellbeing of others.”
Education: Bachelor of Interior Design, Minor in Architecture, Texas Tech University
Licensure: Registered Interior Designer, NCIDQ #31464, TBAE #11708, IIDA
Favorite Places: Outside – swinging in my hammock, riding my bike, lounging at the park, floating the river; did I mention my favorite place is outside?
Guilty Pleasures: Ice-cream! Any time of year.
Additional Passions: Adventures with my husband, my fur baby Angel Marie, and spending time with the ones I love.
It is refreshing to work for a company in which we all are working towards the same goal and truly care about our jobs and the community impact.
Interior Designer, Associate IIDA
“Strives to lift more weight than our installers.”
“Fastest systems designer in the West. Saw smoke come off her mouse as she re-holstered it.”
I chose interior design because I wanted to be able to have a positive impact on peoples’ day to day lives through creating spaces that not only have beautiful form but also have truly usable function.
BFD truly is a company based on care, not only care for our clients but also for each other. It is refreshing to work for a company in which we all are working towards the same goal and truly care about our jobs and the impact that we have on our community. It is a blessing to work for company that pushes us to achieve our passions and helps us to accomplish personal goals.
Education: Oklahoma State University – Bachelor’s Degree in Interior Design and Facility Management, Minor in Business
Licensure: NCIDQ Candidate, IIDA
Favorite Place: The places that I call home. My family’s ranch in New Mexico and Stillwater, Oklahoma.
Guilty Pleasures: Cheat meals, especially a burger and fries, and wine.
Additional Passions: Weight lifting and spending time with my puppy, family and friends.
I have never worked for a company that puts so much focus into the needs and wellbeing of their customers and employees as does Built for Dreams.
“The little engine that could. Keeps our train on track as payables manager.”
“Aspiring race car driver and sports car enthusiast.”
I have always had a passion for accounting based on my employment history, so I started attending college and received my accounting degree in 2009. I am blessed to have this opportunity with Built For Dreams to continue to pursue my career and passion.
Being new to the interior design business this has been a wonderful experience and opportunity to become a member of the Built For Dreams family! I have never worked for a company that puts so much focus into the needs and wellbeing of their customers and employees as does Built for Dreams. I look forward to learning more about the interior design and commercial furniture industry, with the expertise and guidance of the owners I feel that will be easily accomplished.
Favorite Place: Anywhere outside around water and wine
Guilty Pleasures: Any and all Mexican Food
Additional Passions: Dancing and spending time with my kids, family and friends.
I love BFD because our team truly cares about seeing our fellow team member succeeded. This allows us to truly support one another as we work towards the same goal.
A&D Rep & Account Manager, Associate IIDA
“Pop Tries to swim with the sharks every chance she gets.”
“Lover of fun and good times, eager to put a smile on someone’s face.”
I was born and raised in Lubbock and have a passion to see our city and community thrive and grow. I attended Texas Tech University and have been in the commercial furniture business for 11 years now. I started in design support and learned how to specify, space plan, quote, and manage orders of different sorts. About 3 years in I had the opportunity to join the sales team and had no idea how much I would love it. I love seeking to find people that need our resources and developing a relationship to help them discover what they want and need. I enjoy helping people find what they need for their projects and bring it to reality. I work closely with our design team to make this happen. It’s a very rewarding job.
I love BFD because our team truly cares about seeing our fellow team member succeeded. This allows us to truly support one another as we work towards the same goal. We team up at the 11th hour or brain storm together to get a project going. Whatever it is, everyone matters and everyone chips in.
Edu & Licensure: Bachelor of Interior Design; Minor in Architecture, Texas Tech University
Favorite Places: Camping, The Islands and Scuba Diving, or anywhere that’s a new experience.
Guilty Pleasures: Craft Brews and Chips and Salsa
It is a great team environment and the support we show each other is of a magnitude I have never experienced before in my previous employment.
“Pop culture savvy, knows every song and artist and all the ins and outs of celebrities.”
“We swear she manages product order and delivery by being a master crystal ball reader. We ask and she gazes into the future to make it happen.”
I love BFD because it is a place that really nurtures my career goals. It is a great team environment and the support we show each other is of a magnitude I have never experienced before in my previous employment.
Favorite place: Texas. The people are friendly and the beer is cold.
Guilty Pleasure: For me would be chips, salsa & margaritas!
Additional Passions: Music is my other passion. It is as essential as breathing, I love playing music and listening. I have taste favorites in every genre but I am partial to rock and country.
Built for Dreams is truly a dream come true. I have always had a passion for interior design, and get to watch as someone’s dream comes to fruition.
“Maker of money. Seeker of savings. Wall Street wishes they had her.”
“Rivals Martha Stewart with her home cooked meals.”
“Built for Dreams is truly a dream come true. I have always had a passion for interior design, and get to watch as someone’s dream comes to fruition from beginning to end. We are able to offer so many unique options for a diverse group of clients. We have a great time together and produce beautiful results. We are so blessed. It is such a pleasure working with such gifted and talented women.”
Favorite Places: New Orleans and anywhere along the coast.
Guilty Pleasures: Oh my – food for thought. Yes, eating anything and everything.
Additional Passions: I truly love cooking, and being with friends and family.