who we are

Experience, Passion, and Teamwork

At ML Bell, our employees know what it takes to make projects successful for our clients. We strive to add value to our clients and are passionate about our work.

Mike Bell

President

Mike grew up in a construction family. His entrepreneurial spirit must have been natural, because he started a landscaping business at the age of 15. After college, Mike did site engineering. Before long, he was coordinating and designing entire buildings. He learned the most from the contractors in the field and it is this background in design that gives Mike an edge over others in this industry.

In 2003, Mike started his own construction company. As a graphic person, Mike likes to sketch a client's vision. He understands clients' needs and helps them visualize the end results through drawings, samples, and material selections.

Even after 29 years of being in this business, every project is a new challenge that Mike enjoys. He is passionate about bringing a client's vision to reality.

Outside of work, Mike enjoys spending time with his wife Hannah, and their four boys. You can regularly find him on the sideline coaching area youth sports teams, or camping and hiking with his family.


Kellie Slutzah

Project Executive

Kellie Slutzah is a Richmond native that first became interested in construction while in college. She is a VCU graduate with a Bachelor's Degree in Real Estate. During her time at VCU, she enjoyed watching the changing real estate landscape on campus and in downtown Richmond. Watching old, dilapidated buildings being transformed into something new is what sparked her interest in the real estate/construction industry and inspired her to study Real Estate.

Kellie came to M.L. Bell with experience in operations, real estate management, acquisitions and project management. Her previous role, as a real estate manager for a large, public university, allowed her to gain knowledge and experience in all aspects of a project from the acquisition of the land, through the construction phase, securing a tenant and then maintaining the property and tenant/landlord relationship.

Outside of work, Kellie enjoys spending time with her husband and two children. On any given night you can find her cheering for her kids at the baseball/softball fields or on the basketball court. She also loves to travel with her husband and run with friends.


Tracy Howell

Accounting Manager

Tracy has her Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration from Virginia Commonwealth University and finds her inspiration in succeeding in a male dominated industry.

Tracy came to M.L. Bell with 11 years of experience in construction, including pool construction and accounting. She started as a lifeguard for Douglas Aquatics and moved up the ladder to Project Manager all while taking care of accounting and overseeing office operations. Tracy enjoys seeing a project through from start to finish. She is an asset as Accounting Manager at M.L. Bell.

Born and raised in Chesterfield, Virginia, Tracy enjoys softball, running, camping and spending time with her husband, 4 step-children, and 2 dogs.


Sonya Terry

Accounts Payable Specialist

Sonya grew up in Richmond but relocated to Georgia after high school. She has spent the last seventeen years living in Georgia working in accounting. Sonya chose to go into accounting because she has a natural talent for problem solving and loves jobs that keep her continuously busy. Her biggest strength is her organization, accuracy, and attention to detail. When not at work Sonya enjoys yoga, cooking, and kickboxing.

Corey Baedke

Human Resources/Marketing/Administrative Assistant

A graduate of East Carolina University, Corey has a degree in Elementary Education. She enjoys working in the locally owned, small business atmosphere at M.L. Bell. A mother of three, she has mastered multitasking, as is evident in her multitude of job titles.

Away from work, Corey enjoys spending time with her family and friends.


Stephanie Hixon

Estimator

Stephanie is a Roanoke native that first became interested in construction after taking a high school drafting class. She is a graduate of Purdue University with a degree in Technical Graphics with a specialization in Engineering Graphics. After receiving her degree, she moved back to Virginia to begin work.

Today Stephanie brings over twenty years of Construction Estimating experience to our team. She has worked with both residential and commercial markets. Stephanie has a huge passion for projects she gets to help design. Her strength lies in her attention to detail and her ability to get our clients the most bang for their buck. In her spare time, Stephanie coaches middle school soccer and enjoys traveling with her daughter's club soccer team.


Dana Fox, LEED AP

Estimator

Virginia native and Hanover County resident, Dana Fox, joined M.L. Bell with over 10 years experience in construction. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Construction Management with a Minor in Business Administration from East Carolina University.

Inspired to work in construction, Dana feels the industry is incredibly multi-faceted and no two projects or days are the same. Seeing a project from Development to Building Occupancy is the best part of the process. She enjoys sharing stories of the journey when she passes by "that project I worked on many years ago". Dana's favorite types of projects are Higher Education and Multifamily types of jobs. She enjoys working with people to get the job done and finding ways to have fun while building and delivering a product that everyone is proud of. She takes great pride in every project she is a part of.

Outside of work Dana loves spending time with her husband and three young boys. They enjoy time in their church, at weekend softball tournaments, beach trips, and the occasional karaoke bar. Bleeding Purple and Gold, they are huge East Carolina fans!



Andrew White

Project Manager

Andrew White was born and raised in Colonial Heights. After turning 18 Andrew became a certified master plumber and gas fitter. Andrew has over 16 years experience working out in the field across a variety of trades. Andrew's experience as well as his aptitude towards acquiring new trades has made him a valuable member of our team at M.L. Bell.

Andrew's favorite projects are restaurant fit-outs. He prefers them because they are fast paced. He excels at managing both schedules and budgets and has an excellent record for keeping projects on track.

When not working, Andrew enjoys spending time with his wife and four children. He enjoys hunting, fishing, camping and spending time outdoors.


Michael Price

Project Manager

Michael Price has worked in construction full time since 1992, from apprentice to carpenter, to superintendent, to managing projects. Previous to that, he worked three summers as a laborer, while in school studying Structural Engineering.

The aspect of construction that took hold of him was the satisfaction of the transformation of individual pieces that create something new, and the sense of accomplishment that comes from that. Michael enjoys many types of projects like remodeling historic buildings to match the period architecture, large scale commercial projects, or those with intricate detail finishes. As a carpenter, he enjoys framing a complicated roof structure and installing intricate trim. Michael's background as a carpenter has given him the opportunity to interact with all trades. Working closely with electrical, plumbing and mechanical trades has given him the ability to coordinate a plan.

Away from work, Michael likes to spend time with his family biking, camping and fishing.


Amira Albeitawi

Project Manager

Amira Albeitawi grew up in Northern Virginia. After high school Amira set her sights on George Mason University. There, she graduated with honors with a degree in education.

Amira came to us with 10 years of related experience in both project management and project support and has experience working in both public and private business sectors. Though she is new to the construction world, her diverse history, work ethic, and social skills have made her an asset to our organization.

Amira enjoys the design/build construction method and being able to interact with all aspects of the design and construction process (engineering, design, estimating), taking a holistic approach to management and building methods so that she is able to provide custom tailored solutions and support to our clients.

In her spare time, Amira enjoys travelling and spending time with her family and friends.


Jessie Jewell

Assistant Project Manager

Jessie came to M.L. Bell with 2 years of experience at a truss company that designs, manufactures, and delivers roof and floor trusses, engineered wood products and wall panels. She enjoys being a part of a team seeing a project through from start to finish.

Born in Powhatan, she currently resides in Mechanicsville. Jessie is a First Degree Black Belt and she enjoys fishing and going for walks in the park with her daughter.


Leo Martinez

General Superintendent

Leo Martinez acts as M.L. Bell's General Superintendent. With over 20 years of commercial construction and framing/drywall experience he is an expert in means and methods. When not on the job site Leo is spending time with his wife and children and is active in the community.

Ronald Payne

Superintendent

Ronald Payne brings over 25 years of industry experience to our team. He has worked on a wide array of projects both in the commercial and residential markets. His favorite projects are the ones that challenge him. Any time he is able to incorporate new elements, new challenges, or manage a greater number of people are the projects he gets most excited about.

In his spare time Ronald enjoys spending quality time with his child and his grandchildren.


Rick Solis

Superintendent

A North Carolina native, Rick received his Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration from the University of Texas at Arlington. He came to M.L. Bell with 20 years of experience in construction. He loves ground-up projects and says the finished product inspires him to do larger projects. Rick works well with owners and project managers to help achieve the optimal product and appreciates the team concept approach.

Outside of work, Rick enjoys playing golf and spending time with his family.


Walter Pegeas

Superintendent

With an Associates Degree in Computer Electronics, former Army, former business owner, and 30 years of experience in construction, Walter is an asset to M.L. Bell. He specializes in new tenant build outs and field supervision.

When he is not working, Walter enjoys cooking, design work and History.


Ralph Adkins

Superintendent

Ralph Adkins is a veteran of Commercial construction specializing in tenant up-fits. He brings over 18 years of industry experience to our team. His favorite projects are fast pace and self-performed. In his spare time Ralph enjoys the outdoors with his family.