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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.

Vice President and Project Manager

Jeff Martin, Vice President and Project Manager

Jeff Martin joined Alpha in 1994 and has played a seminal role in the continued growth and development of our Design-Build process. Jeff came to Alpha after serving thirteen years in the Air Force, where he specialized in contract management of high-level construction projects, giving him over 32 years in the construction and remodeling business. He achieved the Certified Aging in Place designation from the National Association of Home Builders, and is a certified home inspector through the American Home Inspectors Training Institute. He has also served as Chairman of the Washtenaw County Remodelers Council. His genuine personality and forthrightness exemplify one of our core beliefs: “Integrity will dictate our actions.”

Jeff is married to Mary, and they have three children and three grandchildren whom they like to spoil when the opportunity presents itself. Being empty-nesters (except for their Sheltie, Junior), they enjoy escaping up north to unwind at their cottage.

Project Manager

Ken Sexton, Project Manager

Ken Sexton came to Alpha from an extensive nineteen-year background in fine home building. He brought 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, travelling, and some very cool automobiles. Now that his first grandchild has him wrapped around her 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.

Interior Designer

Sheryl Hearns, Interior Designer

Sheryl made the move to interior design from a career in technical writing and equipment design with Lucent Technologies in Atlanta (a gig that landed her on the telecommunications team for the ’96 Olympic Games). With a stint as a stay-at-home mother under her belt, Sheryl went back to school for a Bachelor’s in Interior Design, turning a passion into a profession. Turns out all that technical background still comes in handy.

She loves the opportunity to meet wonderful people, and help them bring their home and lifestyle visions to fruition. Be forewarned: three years in Toastmasters, and she’ll talk you into some beautiful ideas. You won’t know what hit you.