Grant Loyd

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
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).

Construction Team

Bret Morris
Director of Construction

Bret Morris joined the Alternative Design Team in April of 2021. Bret is a native of NWA, and began his construction career early in life, working most of his teens for local residential and commercial builders until starting his own construction company at the age of twenty-three. Bret has worked in all facets of the construction industry from residential production building to big box retail, $10mm luxury custom homes, to the Colorado Springs VA Memorial. As the Director of Construction, Bret focuses on overseeing the construction division internally as well as field operations, working with customers to develop creative solutions to fit their needs. During his time off, Bret enjoys participating in various outdoor activities and spending time with his two sons.

Jessie Loyd
Construction Project Assistant

Jessie and Grant were married in 2002 and she officially joined the team at Alternative Design in 2003. She has worked in a variety of roles in Production, Operations, and Sales.  Currently she is assisting in our construction division. 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. 

Cody Kitchen
Director of Site Services​

JCody 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.

Sebastian Tellez
Preconstruction Manager

Sebastian joined the Alternative Design Team in October of 2022.  Sebastian grew up in Arizona where he was involved in construction at an early age.  After receiving his bachelor’s degree in Construction from Arizona State University, Sebastian worked mostly on the owner’s side, collaborating with designers and contractors to meet customer expectations.  In his current role, Sebastian is using his experience reviewing plans and clarifying designs to provide customers with a road map for successful projects.  Sebastian, along with his wife and 4 children, run a hobby farm where they raise goats and chickens, which keeps everyone busy.