Meet the team that delivers the smiles.
Meet the team that delivers the smiles
Every member of the Alpha Design + Build team is highly trained and fully certified for the work they’re doing. Our least-experienced lead carpenter has been doing fine-finish carpentry for over 20 years! We invite you to take a moment and meet some of the professionals you’ll be working with to design and realize your ideal home improvement project.
Allan Lutes, President
Since founding Alpha in 1989, Allan has been a leading industry advocate for workforce development in the building industry including providing an instrumental role in developing the Certified Apprenticeship program with Washtenaw Community College. He currently serves as a National Director for the National Association of Home Builders and has served as a Director for the Michigan Association of Home Builders.
Allan has served on the board of directors of the Home Builders Association of Washtenaw County including holding the office of President and Vice President. As a member of the Washtenaw Remodeler’s Council, he has held several positions including Chairman, Vice-Chair, and Education Committee Chairman.
Allan is a regular resource to the building industry, having contributed to articles in Remodeling, Builder, Qualified Remodeler, Professional Remodeler, and the Ann Arbor News. His articles have been published on topics relating to business management, marketing, and insurance restoration. He has served as an industry professional on Murray Gula’s “Home Improvement” radio program.
In addition, Allan has been a leader in educating the public on remodeling. He has taught courses on remodeling and design at Washtenaw Community College and is a regular speaker for the ABC’s of Remodeling, The Five Secrets to Remodeling, and seminars dealing with how to select a professional remodeler, kitchen design, and finishing basements.
Ken Sexton, Project Manager & VP of Construction Services
Ken's 25 years of construction industry experience help him successfully guide our clients' projects from beginning through completion. He came to Alpha after an extensive 16-year background in fine home building, bringing with him expertise in job organization, scheduling, the fine art of client communication, and an obvious conscientiousness that puts clients at ease. His strong vision of “the way things should be done” leads him to surpass expectations, and he takes clients’ satisfaction personally. Colleagues at Alpha describe him as honest, personable, and meticulous.
Ken holds a Bachelor’s in Broadcasting and Business from Ferris State University, and for many years pursued interests in hunting, fishing, traveling, and some very cool automobiles. Now that his grandchildren have him wrapped around their little finger, he says “my hobbies are my family!” He has been involved as a deacon and board member of his church for many years.
Mary Hamp, Senior Interior Designer
Mary has worked in the construction industry for over 30 years; she started her career early for a plumbing wholesale company where she worked in their showrooms helping clients choose their plumbing fixtures for new construction and remodeling projects. She also designed several of their showrooms. After a brief break, Mary took her knowledge of the industry and skill set to earn her a degree in Interior Design, graduating summa cum laude from Baker College.
Most recently she won an award through the Michigan chapter of the NKBA (National Kitchen and Bath Association) for best kitchen design under 200 sq feet.
Mary’s ambition is to create not only appealing & pleasing spaces, but functional and organized as well. Her favorite design quote is from a famous New York Interior Designer, Billy Baldwin “Be faithful to your own taste because nothing you really like is ever out of style.”
Ron Cox, Estimator & Project Manager
Ron’s focus on customer service and attention to quality make him an excellent member of the Alpha team. He honed these traits over 30 years in the construction industry in his own remodeling business and positions with other companies. Ron has held positions as an estimator and as a project manager, coupled with hands-on experience in the field as a carpenter and as a superintendent of fieldwork for apartment buildings.
Ron holds a Bachelor’s degree in Small Business Management and an Associate’s degree in Building and Construction Technology from Ferris State University.
In his spare time, Ron enjoys woodworking, camping, and rocks out as the bass player in a local band.
Melissa Hollingsworth, Senior Interior Designer
Melissa is a nationally licensed interior designer and has been in the design field for almost 20 years, working mostly in the residential sector doing custom remodeling for her clients.
She earned her B.S. in interior design from Michigan State University and after many years of working went back to school and earned her MFA in design at the University of Central Oklahoma. She took a break from practice and ventured into academia, becoming a professor of interior design specializing in historic preservation and rehabilitation. After almost a decade of teaching, Melissa decided to move back to Michigan and begin practicing again.
Today, the educator in her makes her highly skilled at educating her clients on design concepts and theories to help them make informed design decisions. She is passionate about seeing a client’s vision come to fruition and loves seeing how happy they are with the completed project.
All smiles from start to finish!
Cy was a fabulous construction manager. Always communicated with me about any issues, arrival time, etc... So polite and kind. Mary was also so great. She's so creative!
Karen & Dave, Ann Arbor, MI
We appreciate the quality of the work by everyone who came to our house. Dan Mattes was very patient and helpful and answered all of our questions. Our new bathrooms are great!
Steve and Melissa, Ann Arbor, MI
The entire Alpha team was so nice to work with. Every person we dealt with knew their craft and the final product is an example of that.
Jonathan and Amanda, Ann Arbor, MI,
We liked the people. Good working relationship. Design fit our vision. Materials and workmanship were high quality. We would definitely use you again on a future project.
Brian and Joey, Ann Arbor, MI
Ken, Mary, and Phil made the renovation process for our bathroom-laundry room pretty painless. They kept us in the loop, cleaned up at the end of the day, and always demonstrated a high level of professionalism (early/on-time, respectful, reliable, etc.) which made them stand out compared to all the other contractors we contacted.
Adrianne and Chris, Ann Arbor, MI
The new bathroom is great. It was a very positive experience from beginning to end. The quality of the people working for
Alpha is a real credit to the company.
Chris and Pam, Ann Arbor, MI
When it comes to design, cost management and construction, the team at Alpha made me feel confident and reassured that my project would be completed on time and on budget.
Jeff and Mary, Ann Arbor, MI
I have nothing but good things to say about Alpha and what they did for us and our house. What Alpha says they will do, they do. Everyone I talked to had a horror story about contractors. Alpha is the anti-horror story. Alpha is that rarest of commodities – a genuinely reliable contractor.
Tony and Lisa, Ann Arbor, MI
I would highly recommend Alpha to others. The company workers are courteous, show respect and concern for the customer and demonstrate careful and fine workmanship.
Sara, Ann Arbor, MI
In our initial meeting, Alpha was very informative giving us a step-by-step on how and when things happen through the remodel process. Alpha took what seemed to us an overwhelming job and made it a very clear, step-by-step process ending in a great new kitchen!
George and Barb, Pinckney, MI
I absolutely love my house now. It looks brand new, and I have received many compliments from my neighbors (some of whom I have never spoken to before).
Kathy, Saline, MI
To the Alpha team who helped our kitchen be such a wonderful place for us to hang out, cook, and simply enjoy. If we had it to do over again, we wouldn’t change a single thing. We were most impressed with the professionalism you people displayed while working with us. Thank you.
Fred and Barbara, Ann Arbor, MI
We had Alpha build a two-story addition on our 1927 Dutch Colonial house. The design team at Alpha did such a good job of matching the style of the house that people who see it now believe it was all part of the original house.