Meet the Team
Meet the Team
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 carpenter has been doing fine-finish carpentry for 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.