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Our People

Alternative Design is very proud of its professional personnel. During the company’s rapid growth as one of the primary providers of laboratory animal housing solutions, it has aggressively assembled a team of highly skilled professionals who are dedicated to providing customers top quality products and unequaled customer service. The culture of the company stems from its commitment to exceed customer expectations. This dedication consistently runs throughout the entire Alternative Design team, from the entry-level personnel to top management.

Corporate Leadership

Grant Loyd

Grant Loyd

President

Grant Loyd has been a part of the Alternative Design team since its inception in 1987. In 2014, Grant purchased the company from his parents, Eddie and Georga Loyd, the original founders. After attending the University of Arkansas, Grant joined Alternative Design full time in 1998. Prior to starting full time, Grant worked several years on the production floor where he built the products and gained knowledge of how each product performs. Since that time, Grant has played key roles in the development of many departments during the company’s growth through the years. His corporate, product and industry knowledge as well as his ability to form strong bonds with employees, existing customers, new customers and our community, has been beneficial to all. Working from the strong foundation that his parents have built over the years, Grant looks to continue growth and diversification of products, appeal to customers and to provide a positive community impact from Alternative Design.

Eddie Loyd

Eddie Loyd

Vice President of Business Development / Board of Directors

Eddie graduated from the University of Arkansas with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Finance and Banking. Career paths directed him to the family owned Agribusiness. In 1987, Eddie founded Alternative Design Manufacturing & Supply with his family and then sold the business to Grant & Jessie Loyd in 2014. Eddie has more than 25 years experience in the design and fabrication of research animal housing systems.   Eddie has held various leadership roles within the industry and community over the years including President of the Allied Trade Association (2003-2004), the Exhibitor Advisory Council of AALAS, Chairman of the Siloam Springs Chamber of Commerce (2013) and Member of the Chamber of Commerce’s Board of Directors (2014).  Eddie has also been honored with numerous industry awards including the 2005 Floyd Polling Award (Allied Trades Association’s Vendor of the Year), Allied Trade Association Life Time Achievement Award (2012) and a Service Recognition Award for his involvement with the Allied Trades Association’s “New Product Showcase” (2014).

Georga Loyd

Georga Loyd

Board of Directors

As one of the founders of Alternative Design, Georga has been involved in all facets of the business and instrumental in the company’s substantial growth in such a short period. After attending the University of Arkansas where she met Eddie, they had their own poultry enterprise. Upon starting Alternative Design, Georga literally worked in production as well as bookkeeping. She assisted Eddie with sales and attended industry tradeshows. Administering the tradeshows developed into responsibility for all the marketing and promotional activities of the company. Georga attends major trade events, meets with customers and works on special projects for the company.

Jessie Loyd

Jessie Loyd

Board of Directors

Jessie joined the team at Alternative Design in 2003 and has had a variety of positions including roles in Production and Operations. In September 2015, she joined the Sales team at Alternative Design as a Customer Service Representative. Jessie & Grant reside in Northwest Arkansas with their daughter who keeps them very busy, making sure that their lives are not all work and no play.

Operations

Elton Moore

Elton Moore

Director of Operations

Elton joined Alternative Design in 1999. During his time with the company, he has gained experience in a variety of roles including welding, assembly, CNC programming, quality and production. Elton has 15 years of manufacturing experience and has obtained certifications in safety, lean manufacturing and as a Certified Laser Safety Officer (CLSO). He moved to his current role as Operations Manager in April 2015. Originally from Texas, Elton currently resides in Oklahoma with his wife and four children. His hobbies include watching sports (especially the Texas Longhorns and Dallas Cowboys) and running.

Cyrece Phar

Cyrece Phar

Buyer / Planner

Cyrece is a lifelong resident of Northwest Arkansas and joined the team at Alternative Design in 2010. She brought with her over 15 years of manufacturing experience including nine years as a material and parts buyer. Cyrece works with suppliers on a daily basis to get the best quality material at the lowest possible prices on behalf of our customers. She enjoys farm living and raising cattle with her husband and three children.

Quality, Service & Installation

Terry Martin

Terry Martin

Director of Quality Assurance

Terry joined Alternative Design in June 2010. He is responsible for the overall quality of all products supplied by the company, as well as quickly resolving any issues that may arise after the product is delivered. Terry manages Alternative Design’s Quality, Service, Purchasing, and Shipping departments, as part of our total quality initiative of ensuring a superior product and customer experience from the beginning to end of the project.  He is also trained in ISO 9001.  Terry’s background includes 25 years in manufacturing, primarily in the making of electro-mechanical products. His experience is in the production, quality assurance and customer service functions. In his five years with the company, Terry has implemented several programs within manufacturing and early quality inspections. These programs have significantly increased the caliber of products being shipped as well as reducing warranty claims.

Wanda Austin

Wanda Austin

Shipping Manager

Wanda joined Alternative Design in July 2007. She is responsible for our shipping and receiving department. She works with freight companies to ensure safe and timely delivery of our products at the best possible price for shipping those products to our customers. Another task is working with our UPS and FedEx ground service providers for pricing on in-bound and out-bound shipments. She has also worked with various vendors on packaging used for shipping our products. She is also responsible for the inventory of raw materials. She comes with over 25 years of manufacturing experience, mainly from the automotive industry. During her time away from the company she enjoys time with her husband and family.

Cody Kitchen

Cody Kitchen

Service Manager

Cody joined the company in 2007 as the Installation Supervisor. He had the privilege of installing equipment for customers all over the United States and in several countries around the world. After six years building strong relationships with our customers as the Service Manager, Cody was promoted to Production Manager in April 2015. In his current role, he oversees all of the company’s manufacturing, safety programs and the request for quotation process. Cody resides in Northwest Arkansas with his wife and one child. His hobbies include designing and manufacturing custom motorcycles.

Lance Schaffer

Lance Schaffer

Account Manager

Lance joined Alternative Design in 2017.  He has experience in product and manufacturing equipment design, including various engineered products.

Finance

Robert Hunsicker

Robert Hunsicker

Accounting Controller

Robert earned his CPA in Texas after attending the University of Arkansas and graduating from the University of Louisiana at Monroe with a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting. He came to Alternative Design in 2008 with more than 25 years of experience in accounting and financial management. His background includes five years in public accounting, ten years in corporate accounting management, as well as financial planning, and consulting in the investment banking industry. Robert was also a member of the financial reporting team of a NASDAQ listed company.

Sales

Tamara Reed

Tamara Reed

Assistant Sales Manager

Tamara (Tammy) is originally from Little Rock, Arkansas. She moved to the NWA area to attend the University of Arkansas. After graduating with a Bachelor of Science in Marketing Management, she’s spent the last 5 years working in Administrative Sales Support and Account Management. Prior to joining the AD family in 2012, the previous 15 years were spent working in the restaurant /service industry before making a career transition into Sales. Continuing to focus on her Sales education, Tammy has completed several Customer Service training courses and holds certifications in Microsoft Office Suite and Applied Project Management. Tammy is a huge fan of Arkansas Razorback basketball, and has confessed to being addicted to watching television.

Jack Tarrance

Jack Tarrance

Poultry Sales Manager

Jack joined Alternative Design in June 2018.  He is responsible for all of the poultry sales accounts.  He spent the past 20 years working in a variety of roles in the primary broiler breeder field.  Jack has managed flock vaccination and movement departments and provided technical service for ventilation, feeding programs and bio-security programs to contract growers.  He has also been the Production Manager for a live production complex overseeing the feeding programs, service crews, bio-security,  and field service technicians.  In addition he has overseen the design and construction of new poultry housing as well as the retro-fitting of existing housing.  Most recently Jack was the production manager for a research & development farm where he utilized numerous Alternative Design products.  Jack, his wife Kim and two children Morgan and Jackson are huge Oklahoma University football fans.  His children are also very active in exhibiting livestock and sports which keeps he and his wife very busy away from work.

Peggy Nahorski

Peggy Nahorski

Outside Sales Representative

Peggy has been in the lab animal industry for more than 20 years. She has been a Regional Sales Manager as well as a Manager for Toxicology Service Group for such companies as Purina Mills, Inc. and Monsanto’s Environmental Health Laboratory. Peggy earned a Bachelor of Science from Maryville University as well as an Associate of Applied Science in Animal Health from Jefferson College, graduating Magna Cum Laude from both universities. Peggy is also a member and actively involved with many lab animal associations. She has recently been chairperson for the PR committee of LAMA and is currently serving as Secretary. She has also held numerous positions in AALAS such as Program Chair and Branch President. Peggy joined the Alternative Design sales team in 1999. Peggy is a die-hard St. Louis Cardinals fan and attends as many games as she can to support the ‘Birds’. Peggy is also a Food Network junkie and pretty good amateur chef. She loves to work in the garden growing plants for wildlife and the dinner table. Summer is Peggy’s time of year.

K.C. Reese

K.C. Reese

Outside Sales Representative

Outside Sales RepresentativeK.C. has been in sales and management within the laboratory animal industry for more than 35 years. During his career, he has worked closely with research facilities through customer service and has held sales positions as an account representative, regional sales manager and most recently Divisional Sales Manager for a large multinational company serving this industry. K.C. has been a long standing member of national AALAS, numerous local AALAS branches and LAMA. He earned his bachelor’s degree in Public and Environmental Health from Indiana University. K.C and his family reside in Indianapolis, Indiana. K.C. joined Alternative Design in September of 2007. K.C.’s hobbies include golf, watching Indiana and Purdue basketball and Indianapolis Colts football. K.C. also loves spending time with his family at their lake cottage in northern Indiana. K.C. is married and the father of three adult children.

Stephen Durkee

Stephen Durkee

Outside Sales Representative

Stephen graduated from Eastern Michigan University. He has spent over 15 years in the field of animal based research, at both the University of Michigan and Oregon State University. Stephen has been a husbandry technician, facility manager, research associate, research staff trainer, and IACUC Administrator. He has provided talks and guidance on a variety of topics (compliance to disaster planning) at his institution and nationally. He is currently on the AALAS Foundation Board of Directors, participating in developing outreach campaigns to increase understanding of research with animals. This expertise is valuable in providing advice and guidance to clients in utilizing Alternative Design products to meet the needs of the animals, research, and compliance requirements.

Mike Metze

Mike Metze

Applications Specialist

Mike received his Bachelor of Science in Biology/Chemistry from University of Cincinnati in 1975 and an Associates Degree in Veterinary Technology in 1976. He was hired by the University of Cincinnati in 1977 as a Supervisor of Animal Care. Mike stayed with the university and worked his way through management during a 30 year career. As Associate Director of the Department of Lab Animal Services, he oversaw the husbandry operations and facility maintenance of 7 separate facilities and staff of 65 employees. Responsibilities also included new facility design, construction and renovation. Mike retired from the University of Cincinnati in the fall of 2007. He started his advisory role with Alternative Design in February 2008. Mike’s interests include family, fishing, hunting, farming and cooking.

Nancy Lor

Nancy Lor

Inside Sales Representative

Nancy brings 15 years of customer service and sales experience. She is passionate about the needs and goals of her customers and is excited to work with a great team at Alternative Design. Nancy has the duties of being a customer service representative and inside account manager. The warmth has brought Nancy and her family here, originally from Neenah, Wisconsin. She is a big Green Bay Packers fan, enjoys the outdoors, gardening, and volleyball.

Devon Rauch

Devon Rauch

Customer Service Representative

Born and raised in Siloam, Devon attended John Brown University majoring in Family and Human Services. She moved to the California high desert for a while and then moved back here to Siloam to raise her family.  She has 12 years of varying degrees of customer service experience ranging from Emergency Department Ward Clerk to Director of Catering for John Brown University. With 3 kids that keep her life full of excitement, she has little down time but when she does find some she enjoys going on adventures with her family, concerts with her husband and cooking out with friends.

Engineering

Cody Ulaga

Cody Ulaga

Engineering Manager

Cody joined Alternative Design in 2010 as an engineering intern while attending the University of Arkansas. After graduating with a bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering, he began working full time as a Mechanical Design Engineer. Over the next six years he gained invaluable product knowledge and grew his skillset to help push the company’s products forward. He designed and developed the industry-first Solace Zone Heated IVC System. In the fall of 2017 he was promoted to Engineering Manager and strives to improve upon the company’s high standards for product design and manufacturing. He has worked greatly toward expanding the company’s electric and electronic capabilities, to further expand and improve the company’s products, and is always looking to bring new processes in and refine existing processes in production.

Marketing

Patti Eiland

Patti Eiland

Marketing Manager

Patti joined the Alternative Design Family in June 2017, as the HR Manager. Exactly one year later she moved into the Marketing Manager position, which is more fitting for her experience and talents. A Siloam Springs High School graduate, she went on to receive her Bachelor of Arts in Communication from the University of Arkansas and has been in the customer service industry her entire working career. Her previous work experience, especially the 14 years with the Siloam Springs Chamber of Commerce, has given her some unique marketing skills. Her responsibilities include social media marketing, print ad marketing, and trade shows.

Human Resources

Michelle Whitney

Michelle Whitney

Human Resources Manager

Michelle resides in Grove, Oklahoma with her husband and 3 children. She brings with her 20+ years of customer service. Michelle and her husband are currently participating in a clinical drug trial for Alzheimers disease at Yale University School of Medicine in New Heaven, CT. She is proud to be a part of a company that provides products and equipment for research facilities. Her hobbies include arts and crafts, making jewelry and spending time with her family.