Scott Powell, FounderScott grew up in East Dallas, attended Lake Highlands schools and graduated from the UT Dallas. He came from a family of engineers and has loved designing, creating, and building since childhood. He founded New Leaf in 2006 and has more than 20 years of experience in the industry. Scott’s greatest desire is to design and build high-quality, long-lasting homes that people will appreciate for years to come. “I place the highest value on reputation, ethical standards and relationship with clients."
Melissa Powell, Co-FounderMelissa has a bachelor’s degree from UT Dallas and a master’s degree from Texas Woman’s University. She had a private therapy practice before she joined Scott at New Leaf in 2007. Melissa has an eye for design, and, as a mother of four, knows the elements involved in making a home work for a growing family. She loves having a direct impact on the neighborhood and surrounding areas that she calls her own by working with each client to help them select or design their own beautiful new home.
Mike Marsolek, Pres. of ConstructionMichael has a bachelor’s degree in Construction Administration and Engineering from the University of Wisconsin. At New Leaf, he oversees all project managers and works directly with clients through the warranty and construction process. He has more than 35 years experience, has built over 500 homes including new custom homes up to $8 million as well as high-rise finish out and commercial warehouses. "I do my best to go above & beyond client expectations," he says.
Brett Davis, President of DesignBrett has a bachelor’s degree in Environmental Design from Texas A&M University and a master’s of Architecture from the University of California, Los Angeles. Brett joined New Leaf in 2014, but has designed houses for New Leaf since 2012. He is a LEED Accredited Professional with the U.S. Green Building Council and has been practicing in Texas and California for more than 12 years and has had the opportunity to work on many different project types.
Betty Bell, Office ManagerBetty is a Garland native who began her career in the construction industry at JCPenney building retail stores. After working for a remodeler in Garland for four years, she started a bookkeeping business for subcontractors. Her clients included architects, structural engineers, general contractors and painters. She loved working for herself, which gave her the flexibility to focus on being a mom while her children were small.
Samantha Bailey, Lead DesignerSam has a bachelor’s degree in Interior Design with a minor in Art from Texas State University. After working for Austin's Laura Britt Design and Top 100 design giant, Staffelbach, she formed Samantha Kate Design & Interiors designing for clients across the Metroplex. She joined New Leaf in 2014, but has worked with the firm as a third-party interior designer since 2011. She is a member of ASID with eight years of interior design and project management experience.
Maria Patio, DesignerMaria has a bachelor’s degree in Interior Design from the University of Texas at Arlington. In her spare time, she loves to design and build, most recently a “Hollywood Regency” back patio that is one in a long line of projects to come. “My program at UT Arlington had a strong foundation in architecture, so I appreciate the challenge of combining aesthetics, structure and practicality to create beautiful, functional, perfectly designed buildings that clients love to call home,” she says.
Josh Anderson, Project ManagerJosh has 23 years of home building experience and is OSHA certified. “I believe great customer service starts before the project begins and continues after the project ends,” he says.
Dean Draper, Project ManagerDean played baseball at Northwood University and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Marketing Management. He began his construction career working for a flooring company. His meticulous desire for quality work, organizational skills and focus on customer service made him a perfect candidate for home building. Since the 1990s he has worked throughout the Metroplex for reputable builders and has maintained great relations with subcontractors that followed him to New Leaf.