Alternative Design Metal Fabrication has 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.
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.
Quality, Service & Installation
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 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.
Travis McCaghren became the Alternative Design Controller in February 2019. After living in Cabot for almost 25 years, he and his wife of 32 years moved to Springdale when they heard they were going to be grandparents the end of April 2019 for the first time. Travis has been practicing accounting for all of those 32 years, with 25 years as the Controller for various companies. He graduated from the University of Arkansas in 1987 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting. His two children both graduated from the University of Arkansas, as well.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Ryan Kinnaman returned to AD in the Fall of 2019. The position of Marketing Technologist best fits Ryan’s skillset to include Marketing, Graphic Design, and Webmaster duties. The 8 years he previously spent with the company have already proven to be a great benefit to both Ryan and AD. He has a total of over 15 years in his field.
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 Manager
Vanessa Guevara started at Alternative Design in March 2019 as the Human Resources Manager. She received her Bachelor of Computer Science from Israel University of Ecuador in 2003 and was hired by Walmart in 2008 as a Training Coordinator. She was promoted to Human Resources Manager after only one year and in the next 10 years she became Operations Manager where she oversaw Sales, Merchandising Operations and Facility Maintenance for a store with 365 employees. In HR she was responsible for recruiting, hiring, training and developing new talent, merchandising, and forecasting sales to meet company goals. Vanessa became interested in working at Alternative Design because it is a family business. “It provides employees with a balance between work and their personal lives. I feel really blessed to be a part of the AD Family.”