PowerHouse SMART® Associates Board Members:

Taking our luxury design, build & real estate community to the next level, is our PHS Associate Board. Meet the next generation of leaders in our luxury industry. This group of young talent shares their fresh take on how to grow our PHS Community with new collaborations, events and top-talent peer colleagues. We are thrilled to have this board inventing new ways to provide value to the community, especially with high-caliber learning experiences for their generation. The Associate Board Members are your valuable source of information, and can share the value to new professionals considering PowerHouse SMART® community membership.


“My philosophy is to approach life as art: exciting, unexpected, inspired. I find motivation through my personal and professional relationships, and my passion for art and design. I welcome and embrace the challenges and diversities of life. With a degree focused in Interior Design and over eight years experience working in the consumer goods industry, life recently led me to Chicago. I’m enjoying my Kitchen Design Specialist position at our new Experience & Design Center inside the iconic Merchandise Mart, featuring Gaggenau, Thermador, and Bosch Home Appliances.

I have been a part of PowerHouse SMART for over a year, and find it to be one of the most inspirational organizations, focusing on all aspects of the luxury building industry. Not only have I established great professional relationships, but also great friendships. I look forward to the future of PowerHouse SMART!”


“As a young professional, I worked for product development at our corporate headquarters in Pella, Iowa. I worked closely with the engineers to develop and manufacture new fenestration products, but I wanted to be closer to the customer so I changed roles within the company and moved to Chicago to work at the new Pella Crafted Luxury showroom in the Merchandise Mart. Being new to the Chicago area, PowerHouse Smart has accelerated my connections within the Chicago community by connecting me with the customers of our products and fellow trade professionals.”


Mario Linares serves as a Residential Sales Associate at Lefroy Brooks. In this role, he is responsible for developing relationships with the design community and building residential business. Mario has a passion for creating one of a kind bath and kitchen spaces. In his spare time, he enjoys exploring new restaurants in his home city of Chicago, visiting museums, and traveling.


From a very early age, Ryan had an eye for design. He soon realized how big this passion was once he started working with a luxury design-build firm. As a Design Consultant specific to the A&D community, he’s enabled to put forth his knowledge and expertise to help bring other talented individuals’ visions to fruition. The natural progression of his career over the past eight years has led him through numerous markets and been immensely beneficial to his long-term success. He moved to Chicago in July of 2017 and has been a member of Power House Smart ever since. Currently, he assists Chicago’s luxury design market with kitchen and bath design for Studio41 in the River North Design District.


Patrick Weidl

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Patrick Weidl is the Western U.S. Regional Sales Manager for LACAVA. Before starting in the design/build industry, Patrick spent five years in the US Army Reserves while attending school at the University of Wisconsin-Parkside and balancing a job in hospitality operations at Grand Geneva Resort located in Lake Geneva Wisconsin. In 2013, Patrick was recruited by a Luxury Plumbing and Appliance Showroom opening in the Chicagoland area. After 4 years of showroom management and sales, Patrick was offered a position with LACAVA in August of 2017. LACAVA is a luxury manufacture of contemporary furniture and plumbing fixtures located in Chicago, IL.

Patrick has been affiliated with Power House Smart for almost 4 years and is looking forward to helping grow the membership community.


Liz Tyhacz

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Liz Tyhacz is a Sales Engineer for Lutron’s Central Residential Lighting Control, Automated Shading, and LED Fixture business. In addition to supporting dealers and manufacturer’s representatives in her region, she is focused on providing training, design, and specification support for architects, designers, and other product specifiers. As a product expert, Liz is skilled in presenting, problem solving, system design, business development, and communication.