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Russell R. Smith

Russell R. Smith

Principal

Russell brings over 30 years' experience as a Developer/Builder, Designer, Real Estate Investor and International Consulting Executive to his role as Principal of Western Visions Inc. Involved directly in the Real Estate Development and Homebuilding industries since 1988, and, indirectly for several years prior to that, Russell was the founder and Principal of two successful Colorado resort area homebuilding firms from 1988 through 1996. His focus, along with his architectural design team and Real Estate Market Partner was upon the design and construction of unique state of the art custom homes in his home town, located in one of America's Premier Ski and Summer Mountain Resort Valleys. Among his many signature style applications was the development, in conjunction with his key Architectural Design Partner, of cutting edge design element combinations of native lodgepole, stone and stucco exteriors that have come to symbolize Mountain West Style.

From 1996 through 2016 Russell continued his interest in cutting edge residential design through investments in a broad range of properties and the direction of significant new construction, restoration and retrofit projects while simultaneously embarking upon a 20 year career in the global consulting industry. He spent four years as a Vice-President and Practice Group Director for a prestigious Washington, D.C. firm where he led the firm's Technology and Defense Technology Practice Group and was Co-Director of The Defense and Energy Practice Groups. Russell subsequently founded and served as CEO/Senior Managing Director of Third Coast International Group, a boutique international firm specializing in representative and advisory consulting in the Defense, Energy, Counter Terrorism and Life Sciences verticals serving clients that included growth stage and large corporate enterprises in addition to senior military and government leaders in the U.S. and allied foreign countries. A recognized expert in driving large scale program and project efficiencies, he was instrumental in the development, management and influence of projects with aggregate program values in excess of $6.5 Billion.

Russell had the opportunity to sell Third Coast in February of 2016 and while the thought of an early retirement and life beside the pool in Hawaii was indeed quite tempting, he decided to return to his passion of helping folks realize their vision of life in a Mountain West Dream Home, be it one in which they currently live through an amazing redesign and remodel or a collaborative project to build anew. This passion led him to found Western Visions in the Spring of 2016. His longstanding committment to technological excellence, cutting edge materials and technique applications and sustainable building practices present our clients with a design-build environment that is second to none. As the New West enters its fifth decade, Russell is proud to offer his Dream Home Visions to select clientele in the Magic Valley.

"Even throughout the 20 years that I was active in the national and international level consulting arena, I continued to acquire, build and retrofit state of the art properties so, at the end of the day, I guess it was only natural that I returned to something already so much in my blood."

Russell R. Smith

"My entire professional life, regardless of career track, has been one that required the utmost in integrity, vision and relentless pursuit of excellence and I am committed to bringing those closely held values to every client and every project we undertake at Western Visions."

Russell R. Smith

Dez Leckenby

Dez Leckenby

Vice-President, Operations & Administration

Dez brings over 15 years’ experience in Office Management, AR/AP, Project Management and Client Relations in the Construction, Agri-Business and Health Sciences Industries to her role as Operations Manager at Western Visions Inc. A lifelong resident of the Magic Valley, Dez has deep roots in the community as well as extensive building industry relationships and excellent client service skills. She provides a central point of project coordination for our vendor partners, subcontractors and client community in addition to managing our overall office operations.

Lacy Sutphin

Lacy Sutphin

Kitchen & Home Design Manager

Lacy joined Western Visions in January 2018 as our specialist in Kitchen, Bath & Home Design services. A 2010 graduate of the University of Wyoming with a BS in Consumer Sciences, Textiles & Interior Design, Lacy has almost a decade of experience working with some of the premier Kitchen, Home Design and Cabinet Showrooms in both the Mountain West and Virginia. Lacy came to Western Visions after working for two years at one of the largest Kitchen and Bath design centers in the Mid-Atlantic region in Hampton Roads, Virginia after several years with two of the leading kitchen and appliance design centers in Wyoming. Lacy's experience ranges from working in the most discriminating, high end kitchen design , showrooms & jobsite management environments to having been responsible for designing and opening Wyoming's premier Kitchen Design Showroom in Casper, WY.

We encourage you to drop by and visit with Lacy about what we bring to the table in helping your realize your Dream Home Visions!

Brooke Bertoni

Brooke Bertoni

Showroom & Client Services Manager

Brooke joined Western Visions in December of 2017 as our Showroom & Client Services Manager. Brooke assists our clients with all aspects of Showroom and Gallery demonstrations & product expertise in addition to serving as the central point of contact & contract administration for our Remodel and New Construction clients. In keeping with our commitment to excellence, Brook exudes intelligence and positive energy, providing our clients with the immediate feeling that they are in the best of hands.

A graduate of Twin Falls High School, Brooke earned her Associates Degree in Business Administration at the College of Southern Idaho graduating with Honors in the Spring of 2017. She is currently enrolled and working towards her Bachelors in Business Administration from Boise State University.