MANAGEMENT & OPERATIONS TEAM
Founder & Chief Executive Officer
Leslie has 30 years of business development and leadership experience, including 10 years in the finance/insurance industry. Since 2012, Leslie has her focused efforts on bringing together the top experts in the real estate, engineering, marketing and legal fields across the country to serve in Three Squared teams. Leslie has built Three Squared into the North American leader in the Cargo Architecture space. The team has successfully attracted over $82 million of national projects to build in the next 36 months. Leslie also project managed the largest container apartment complex in the US.
Director of Design
Breck Crandell, AIA is a licensed Architect in the state of Michigan and a graduate of Lawrence Technological University. He began his career at Hobbs + Black Architects in Ann Arbor, MI. After two years at H+B, he moved to San Francisco, CA where he worked at MBH Architects as project director’s assistant on Apple and Target retail stores. Upon returning to Detroit, Breck worked full time at H+B's Lansing office while he finished his MArch degree at LTU where he was awarded a traveling fellowship for his design work. His studies and travel took him abroad throughout India, Portugal, Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia, and across the US. After Graduation, Breck started a freelance design practice working for clients throughout the Detroit area designing restaurants, retail spaces, apartments, homes, commercial buildings, and more. Utilizing his diverse skills including digital fabrication, virtual reality technology, digital and multimedia 3D modeling, and construction experience - Breck now keeps one foot in academia as an Adjunct Instructor at Lawrence Tech while working as lead designer at TSI.
Sales & Marketing Manager
Claire is our team's primary point of contact with all those interested in building with Cargo Architecture. Chances are that if you've asked us about your project, Claire has been your go-to for all the resources you need to carry your project to the next level. Claire is our trusted lead in Cargo Architecture education, as well as keeping the world updated with our projects' exciting progress through our various marketing channels. Prior to joining Three Squared, Claire graduated Summa Cum Laude from Adrian's Honors College with bachelor's degrees in Environmental Studies and Spanish and a minor in Business. While there, she was awarded Most Outstanding Presentation for her year-long capstone project in sustainable campus housing which culminated in a comprehensive sustainability action plan for the college.
Jan joins Three Squared as our dedicated Controller and official accounting guru. Jan brings 28 years of accounting experience to the TSI team, having previously worked in a variety of industries including construction and telecommunications.
Emily works with Three Squared, Inc. as a marketing intern, assisting the team in maintaining the company's online presence. She is currently pursuing an Accounting degree from Adrian College where she is a member of the Varsity Synchronized Skating Team and the Varsity Figure Skating Team. In addition to her studies as a member of the Honors College, she is secretary of the Refugee Outreach Collective club, Director of Community Engagement for the Adrian College Chapter of Alpha Phi, and a freelance News writer for Jura Synchro.
JEAN-CLAUDE "JC" ALTEN
Director of Project Management
With more than 30 years of professional experience, Jean-Claude “JC” Alten has successfully directed the delivery of well over 3 million square feet of new construction. Supporting clients from retail to technology, hospitality to corporate office, banking, museums and manufacturing, Mr. Alten has worked as a construction manager, consultant, owner’s project manager and representative overseeing new construction, tenant improvements, corporate restacks and relocations. After pursuing undergraduate studies in Landscape Architecture, Environmental Design and Architecture at Michigan State University and Rochester Institute of Technology, Mr. Alten completed a graduate degree in Building Construction Management at New York University.
Nasir joins Three Squared as our committed Development Associate. He will work with us to create resilient projects across the globe. Nasir brings 10+ years of entrepreneurial experience. He was born and raised in the city of Reading, PA, and has been an entrepreneur since he was 14 years old. Nasir has been an advocate for building with shipping containers for 5+ years. His passion for community development lead to him purchasing vacant lots in his hometown. After that he became a Real Estate Developer, which allowed him to learn the fundamentals of how to run a successful business. Now, Nasir is the founder and CEO of The SubConscious Club and he is revitalizing the community he grew up in, starting with an innovative home in honor of his late Aunt Doris. His company is currently one of the fastest growing black-owned businesses in Arizona! Nasir thrives from sharing his knowledge with others while also being able to provide attainable housing solutions.
Nathan Ickes is a recent graduate of Lawrence Technological University. He was the shop manager for three years at makeLab in Pontiac, MI, which is a fabrication studio used for research, industry sponsored projects, and international workshops. He has been part of multiple student study abroad teams traveling to Tirana, Albania in 2018 and Port Elizabeth, South Africa in 2019. Nathan stays involved at his Alma mater as an Adjunct Instructor teaching students digital fabrication prototyping techniques and processes.
Founder & Executive Team Member
Patric brings 8 years of experience as a top sales manager for a Fortune 500 Company and 23 years of warehouse management for the fifth largest defense contractor to TSI as Chief Product Officer, overseeing the buildout of the factory and its processes, and managing the operating team. In 2007 Patric organized, managed, and facilitated the rehabilitation of 27 houses and two- family flats. A large percentage of these homes required total makeovers including new electrical, plumbing, drywall, kitchens, baths, doors, windows, roofs, and additions. Patric’s hands-on construction experience began with the design and construction of his own 2,500 square-foot home in 1999.
Chief Marketing Officer
Raoul brings 15 years of experience in branding and marketing. Raoul has helped secure a feature on HGTV's Container Homes and secured national media coverage with ABC News, Huffington Post, and USA Today. Raoul plays a key role in leading the firms positioning in the marketplace and advising the CEO. Raoul has been invited to speak at small business forums in Egypt, The Caribbean, and UPENN while also being one of 100 small business leaders invited to a White House, U.S. Chamber, and U.S. Senate business forum in 2012. Raoul is considered one of the foremost experts on CEO and executive branding. He is a regular contributor to Forbes, Hoovers, and American City Business Journal. He completed his undergraduate degree at Winston-Salem State University, and obtained his master’s degree in Public Administration at the University of Delaware School of Urban Affairs and Public Policy.
Business & Security Counsel
Mark brings nearly 40 years of experience to TSI. Mark has legal experience in creation of securities offerings and Reg. D private placements, entrepreneurial startup ventures, public benefit corporations, mergers & acquisitions, commercial real estate development and the development of franchise businesses and regulatory compliance. In addition to his legal expertise, Mr. Meyerdirk consults with businesses for capital formation structures, complex contract negotiations, business plans, strategic plans, franchise business designs, internet project coordination, and represents professional speakers and personalities. Mark graduated from the University of Colorado Boulder, with a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology and from Washburn University School of Law with a Juris Doctorate degree.