Meet Team Alair Charlotte

Meet Team Alair Charlotte

Living Better Starts Here™

Our philosophy is simple; we want to be completely unified with you in our goal of achieving an incredible product, on time and on budget. We know that there is only one way to do that – with transparency, thorough planning up front, and truly superior management systems for executing seamless projects.
The team at Alair Homes Charlotte has created life long relationships with Charlotte homeowners by transforming the spaces where they live through quality craftsmanship and expert project management for over 20 years.

Duane  Johns

Duane Johns

Regional Partner

Duane is a licensed builder in North and South Carolina, a business coach, industry consultant and co-host of the Builder Nuggets Podcast. He entered the construction industry over 30 years ago working on oceanfront estates in The Hamptons on Long Island, New York. From laborer to craftsman to business owner he was always honing his skills and immersed himself in all aspects of high end custom construction. In 1996 he moved to Charlotte, North Carolina and started a general contracting business with Roger Ketchum and the two achieved success right away, winning industry awards and earning rave reviews from clients, designers, and trade partners. That relationship continues to this day.

He is dedicated to elevating professionalism in the construction industry and collaborating with others. When he is not talking shop you will most likely find him outdoors. He and his family love to travel, hike, explore, and discover new places and new things. "Enjoy life by living in the moment and try not to take yourself too seriously.”

Roger  Ketchum

Roger Ketchum


Roger Ketchum began his career in construction as a teenager in upstate NY working on log cabins for his uncle. After graduating high school, he built his own apartment in a building owned by his father, and soon thereafter constructed a similar one as a rental – and thus a passion for creating extraordinary living spaces was born. Roger’s natural knack for all things building and renovation has allowed him to achieve great success for over 20 years in the Charlotte area. His lifelong dream is making each project he takes on the best it can be.

Kareena  Gray

Kareena Gray

Director of Operations

Kareena began her career in the construction industry 27 years ago working at the Kennedy Space Center Space Station Processing Facility. With an extensive background in Commercial Construction, she has worked on everything from build-outs to re-stacks. She continues to use her knowledge and experience from her roles in business leadership to support the growth and development in the Charlotte office. Kareena is a Board member with NARI Charlotte and HBA Charlotte Professional Women in Building and takes these relationships and opportunities to grow her understanding of the ever-evolving construction world.

Kareena is passionate about the Alair™ Next Gen program and works closely with organizations like The ROC Charlotte who educate and mentor the next generation towards opportunities in the construction world. With her involvement with She Built this City and HBA PWB, Kareena is helping to pave the way for young professionals and women in particular, to succeed in the industry and is always looking for an opportunity to support another.

Jason  Hunter

Jason Hunter

Project Manager

Jason is originally from West Chester, Pennsylvania and spent 3.5 years after college working as a Project Manager for a national home builder. In 2017, he was offered the opportunity to transfer to the Charlotte market which was always a goal of his to be back in NC. In his free time, Jason enjoys working on his own home renovation projects, and building wood furniture pieces.
Scott Grover

Scott Grover

Project Manager

Scott fell in love with construction at a young age during a renovation/addition to his childhood home. After working for a custom builder/remodeler throughout high school and college, he decided to enter the field full time after graduating with a finance degree. He worked as a site supervisor before being promoted to a project manager for a production home builder for a couple of years before joining Alair™. In 2022, Scott became a NARI Certified Professional Project Manager. Outside of work, you can find him watching football with friends at Ed’s Tavern or spending time in the great outdoors.
Jennifer Sanders

Jennifer Sanders

Project Manager

Jennifer, a Charlotte native, grew up in the construction industry. With multiple members of her family being tradesmen with various skill sets, she spent several hours of her childhood on job sites and in many homes learning about multiple aspects of construction. Jennifer has also worked to obtain her North Carolina and South Carolina real estate licenses to broaden her knowledge of the industry and homebuilding. Jennifer worked for a production builder before joining the Alair™ team in 2022 and recently she has become a NARI Certified Professional Project Manager. When Jennifer is not working, she enjoys being outdoors, hiking and spending time with her two dogs.
Abby Ring

Abby Ring

Project Manager

Abby entered the construction scene with hands ready to serve those around her. She worked closely with All Hands and Hearts Smart Response in Houston, TX where she taught tool safety and construction skills to volunteers from all over the globe. Abby made her way to Charlotte, NC in 2019 and began growing in the construction industry, joining Alair™ in 2022. Abby has a passion to connect with clients and help educate peers in the industry with her unique background and clear understanding of the nature of this work. Abby is inspired by women who live outside the societal standards that are inherently set before girls and is helping carve the path for more women leaders in the construction world. When she’s not on a job site, Abby loves spending time with her puppy, Georgie.
Patrick  Apple

Patrick Apple


Pat has worked alongside Duane and Roger for over 20 years. His level of construction knowledge is unsurpassed. Personally building his own house from the ground up 12 years ago, Pat puts the same time and care into every renovation we do. Clients and Trades alike look to Pat in his breadth of knowledge and expertise. (Fun Fact: Pat and his brother are the highly sought after lead musicians of The Apple Brothers Band, a well known band in and around Charlotte.)

James  Queen

James Queen


James is highly skilled in framing and has spent the last 27 years perfecting his trade. Residential remodeling requires a high level of expertise in structural stability. James executes every project with ease, ensuring the frame of the home is stable for decades to come. (Fun Fact: James is an avid gardener and can be found digging in the dirt most weekends.)

Dean  Cosgrove

Dean Cosgrove


Dean began his career in the construction industry building Greenhouses for Metrolina Greenhouse. Over the last 20+ years he has become an incredibly skilled carpenter. Dean brings a high level of experience to the team and ensures that the fine details of each project are of superior quality. (Fun Fact: Dean’s second love is his mountain bike. When he is not on the job site you will find him on his favorite biking trails.)

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