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  • Ray Hornsby

    General Manager

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    As Hopkins & Porter’s General Manager, Ray oversees all aspects of the office and construction staff. However, all of this didn’t begin till the age of 19 years old, when Ray made the choice to start his career in the construction business as a painter. Over time, he developed the skills needed and became a gifted lead carpenter. Gradually, his experience and knowledge continued to expand in all areas of construction and project management. Ray honed this experience, gaining strength and leadership qualities that helped him become the General Manager. His goal for the Hopkins & Porter team is to take a client’s dream and make it a reality. A great design is useless unless you can build it on time and on budget. Ray also understands the importance of “service” to the client —during and after the project is finished. Hopkins & Porter’s central focus is to preserve long-term relationships with our clients and ensure the quality of our work even after the project has concluded. Ray has proven for over 30 years why Hopkins & Porter continues to be a leader among home remodeling and construction companies. When not focused on his work, Ray loves to relax on the water.

    Kelly Thurman

    Remodeling Project Coordinator

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    With over 20 years of remodeling experience, Kelly understands all aspects of the remodeling process from the need for thoughtful design to the value of quality workmanship and materials. Kelly believes in the importance of working as a team and has won multiple awards for implementing this concept throughout his work process. His consultative approach and his ability to listen will help guide you through the challenges that come with any remodelling project. When he isn’t working, he spends most of his time with his two children, enjoys sports and listening to music.

     

     

    Guy SEMMES

    Remodeling Project Coordinator

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    Guy Semmes has been a licensed contractor in Maryland, the District of Columbia, and Virginia since 1975. His background in Archaeology inspired his interest in preserving and renovating older homes and buildings. Guy brings many years of experience into each project, including energy efficiency ideas, green remodeling experience, the effective use of space and the ability to overcome unusual space challenges. He believes in treating your home like his own and provides each client with innovative solutions for their design and remodeling project. To Guy, that means paying attention to the details of your project from start to finish. Not only will your home project be amazing when complete, but it will be built efficiently to save you time and money. Presently, he works with clients who are interested in remodeling projects or additions for Hopkins & Porter. Outside of Hopkins & Porter, Guy cultivates his apiary of bees and spends as much time with family as he can.

    Kai Tong, AIA

    Senior Architect

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    With over 25 years of experience as both an architect and builder for a demanding high-end custom residential clientele in Washington's finest neighborhoods, Kai makes your dreams take form with empathy, creativity, and a profound respect for the client and the process. As a member of the AIA, Kai's insightful approach is attuned to the needs of both your project and its environs. His creativity, experience and unique ideas will help transform your project into a space you will love for years to come. Kai presently lives in Alexandria, Virginia with his family.

     

     

     

    Lea Allen

    Architectural Designer

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    As a residential Architect and Designer Lea brings over 25 years of invaluable experience to every project she works on. Clients enjoy Lea's ability to listen to their desires and to create spaces filled with beautiful textures and designs that last a lifetime. Having the ability to design a functional space with creative flair, all the while organizing every detailed selection, is a rare talent. Lea has a degree in Architecture from University of Maryland and has been with Hopkins & Porter for over ten years. Lea currently resides in Washington, D.C. with her husband.

     

     

      

    Todd McPhee

    Special Projects Coordinator

    Todd McPhee Special Projects CoordinatorTodd thrives on problem solving and paying close attention to detail. With a career extending over 15 years in construction and sales, his creativity and drive have assisted him in executing all his projects with a keen sense of precision. Todd has spent close to a decade with Hopkins & Porter, and simply looks forward to the interesting projects, colleagues and clients he works with every day. As a native Washingtonian, Todd uses his free time to appreciate the outdoors, raising two beautiful children and being with his wonderful wife.

     

     

     

    Ken Hurdle 

    Special Projects Coordinator

    Ken Hurdle 11Ken Hurdle is determined to place himself in the client’s shoes to view the world from their perspective while bringing a lifetime of industry knowledge to the table. With 37 years in construction, sales, and marketing, Ken works to solve the client’s project challenges and meet their goals. He has a full understanding of residential construction from concept to completion. Ken has been with Hopkins & Porter for nearly two years, but is a key project coordinator with an extensive list of awards and accomplishments. When Ken isn’t busy with Hopkins & Porter clients, he devotes his time to community service projects close to his heart and spending time with his wife and teenage sons.

     

    James Dyott

    Project Manager

    James Dyott Hopkins and PorterAs a small child, James showed interest in working with his hands. By the age of 18, James began working in the construction industry and has since risen through the ranks. He has come a long way from working on projects with his father to overseeing the completion of multi-million dollar custom homes. His positions ranged from Laborer, Carpenter and Superintendent to Project Manager, at which he currently excels. Developing multifaceted skills has allowed his services to be utilized regularly in the DC Metro area, including the overseeing of large renovations. In addition, James has achieved the designations of CLC (Certified Lead Carpenter), Lead Paint Certified and has extensive Green Building experience. When James isn’t working with his hands, he spends his time being a hands on Dad.

    Carlos Gutierrez

    Handyman

    Carlos Gutierrez Senior HandymanAn excellent work ethic and personable character has led Carlos to be a lead handyman for Hopkins & Porter Construction. Along with a career dating back more than a decade, Carlos’ experience has only

    perfected his craft and skills. Some of these specialties include painting, drywall and carpentry. When Carlos is not engaged in solving all-around handyman problems, he devotes his time to his family and friends here in the U.S. and in his homeland, El Salvador.

     

     

     

    Lamar Christie

    Office Manager

    Lamar Christie thumbLamar has been with Hopkins & Porter Construction since 2013 and delivers a variety of experience to her position as Office Manager. She is often your first contact whether you need Handyman service or interested in starting a Remodeling project. With a career span of 25 years focusing on sales, administration and customer service in the Advertising and Marketing field, Lamar understands the client’s need to be heard. At Hopkins & Porter, our goal is to help solve the client’s problem, and we make it our top priority. When she is not at the office, she is caring for three horses, a goat, a dog and her husband.

     

    Nabila Captan

    Administrative Assistant

    Nabila Captan Administrative AssistantNabila is a new addition to the Hopkins & Porter Construction team; however, she has over 3 years of administrative experience in and out of the construction field. She strives to not only understand the

    dynamics of the office, but the complexities of the field as well. This acute interest creates strong communication, time management and reception skills. Her educational background includes studying English and International Relations at Webster University in the Netherlands, which has added to her knowledge and ability to connect and work with a variety of people from numerous backgrounds.

  • Core Company Values

    • Joy in what we do, a love of the Builder's craft that leads to excellence, elegance, and creativity.
    • An open, healthy, safe, working environment where people can communicate freely and comfortably and where they feel acknowledged, recognized, and appreciated.
    • Personal growth and development, self-discipline, self-respect, and pro-active professionalism.
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    • Honesty and integrity towards all parties in all relationships.
    • A business built on long-term relationships — loyal employees and customers.
    • A fair profit as a measure of success, providing long-term stability for the owners and employees.
    • Balance and centeredness in all our dealings. Win-win solutions in all problems for all parties. A responsibility to act with care and concern for others in every situation.
    • Concern for the greater good of the environment and the community.
    • Providing the means to bring our customer's goal and aspirations to fulfillment.
    • A belief that a skillfully created and designed environment enlivens its occupants and those that build it.

    Hopkins & Porter Construction, Inc., was started by its two principals, Guy Hopkins Semmes and Michael Porter Denker in 1977. The company was incorporated in 1982. It has grown from a two-man organization to one which currently employs skilled craftsmen, talented architects, project coordinators, many of which have been with the company for 15 years or more. Hopkins & Porter provides full service custom design/build services specializing in large additions and custom homes which enhance and harmonize with existing structures and communities, and are in keeping with sound environmental practices. A full time handyman service is maintained for the benefit of new and existing clients, allowing strong support for our extended warranty. Our office staff supports the field in architectural design, sales, production, and administration.

    Guy Hopkins Semmes, CR

    Founder

    Guy Semmes, has been a registered contractor in Maryland, the District of Columbia, and Virginia since 1975. His background in Archaeology inspired his interest in preserving and renovating old buildings. Mike Denker joined forces with Guy Semmes and together they founded Hopkins & Porter Construction in 1977. Mr. Semmes is an active member of the National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI), the Potomac Chamber of Commerce, and the Potomac Rotary. He was president of the Metropolitan Chapter of the National Association of the Remodeling Industry for 2 terms, and has been as a member of the National Board of Directors of NARI. Mr. Semmes participated in the founding of the Gudelsky Institute of Technical Education at Montgomery College in Rockville, and encourages all of his employees to further their education. Presently, he handles Marketing and Planning for Hopkins & Porter. Outside of Hopkins & Porter Guy cultivates his apiary of bees. 

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    Michael Porter Denker, CR

    Founder in memoriam

    In Memoriam: Michael Porter Denker (1946-2013)

    Mike Denker graduated from Antioch College in 1970 with a BA in Fine Art. After a stint as a commercial artist in L.A. and 4 years above the Arctic Circle, working with Canadian Inuit, Mike joined forces with Guy Semmes in 1977. Mike earned his National Association of the Remodeling Industry’s “Certified Remodeler” status in 1988. Mike served as president of the Montgomery County Builders Association for two years, and received their John Brawner Memorial Award: Builder of the year 2001 and 2012 the only time this award was given twice to the same person. He pursued a passion for letterpress printing and was a member of American Printing History Association. He was President of H&P until his death on May 22, 2013.

  • Guy Hopkins Semmes, CR

    Founder

    Guy Semmes, has been a registered contractor in Maryland, the District of Columbia, and Virginia since 1975. His background in Archaeology inspired his interest in preserving and renovating old buildings. Mike Denker joined forces with Guy Semmes and together they founded Hopkins & Porter Construction in 1977. Mr. Semmes is an active member of the National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI), the Potomac Chamber of Commerce, and the Potomac Rotary. He was president of the Metropolitan Chapter of the National Association of the Remodeling Industry for 2 terms, and has been as a member of the National Board of Directors of NARI. Mr. Semmes participated in the founding of the Gudelsky Institute of Technical Education at Montgomery College in Rockville, and encourages all of his employees to further their education. Presently, he handles Marketing and Planning for Hopkins & Porter. Outside of Hopkins & Porter Guy cultivates his apiary of bees. 

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    Michael Porter Denker, CR

    Founder in memoriam

    In Memoriam: Michael Porter Denker (1946-2013)

    Mike Denker graduated from Antioch College in 1970 with a BA in Fine Art. After a stint as a commercial artist in L.A. and 4 years above the Arctic Circle, working with Canadian Inuit, Mike joined forces with Guy Semmes in 1977. Mike earned his National Association of the Remodeling Industry’s “Certified Remodeler” status in 1988. Mike served as president of the Montgomery County Builders Association for two years, and received their John Brawner Memorial Award: Builder of the year 2001 and 2012 the only time this award was given twice to the same person. He pursued a passion for letterpress printing and was a member of American Printing History Association. He was President of H&P until his death on May 22, 2013.

  • Over the years, Hopkins & Porter has been the proud recipient of the following awards:

    2015
    GuildMasterGuildmaster Award for Customer Service
    The Guild Quality organization honors only a very high caliber group of homebuilding and home services professionals with
    the Guildmaster Award each year. This award celebrates exemplary customer service excellence as rated by the most important group of all, the client. Guild Quality is an independent surveying company which sends surveys directly to the clients of home services companies to get true and honest answers about the company's services, professionalism, quality and practices and whether the client would commit to becoming a "client for life". The award is quite an accomplishment.
     
    2014
    GuildMasterGuildmaster Award for Customer Service
    The Guild Quality organization honors only a very high caliber group of homebuilding and home services professionals with
    the Guildmaster Award each year. This award celebrates exemplary customer service excellence as rated by the most important group of all, the client. Guild Quality is an independent surveying company which sends surveys directly to the clients of home services companies to get true and honest answers about the company's services, professionalism, quality and practices and whether the client would commit to becoming a "client for life". The award is quite an accomplishment.

    2013

    GuildMaster
    Guildmaster Award for Customer Service
    The Guild Quality organization honors only a very high caliber group of homebuilding and home services professionals with
    the Guildmaster Award each year. This award celebrates exemplary customer service excellence as rated by the most important group of all, the client. Guild Quality is an independent surveying company which sends surveys directly to the clients of home services companies to get true and honest answers about the company's services, professionalism, quality and practices and whether the client would commit to becoming a "client for life". The award is quite an accomplishment.

    2012    

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    John Brawner Memorial Award, "Builder of the Year," awarded to Michael Porter Denker, Montgomery Country Builders Association, the only time in its history this award has been presented twice to the same recipient.

    2011

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    "Merit Award for Creative Design," Contractor of the Year Awards, NARI. This is the seventh year in a row that Hopkins & Porter has been recognized for creative design!

    2010

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    "Grand Award for Creative Design", Capital Contractor of the Year Awards, NARI. This was the very first year the Home & Design Award of Excellence was ever presented and it went to Hopkins & Porter and Kai Tong, AIA, for Outstanding Achievement in Remodeling Design.

    "Award for Creative Design" Contractor of the Year Awards, NARI and the Home & Design Magazine Award of Excellence

    2009
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    "NARI Metro Grand Award" for Creative Design

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    "Award of Excellence: Best Historic Structure Renovation", Montgomery County Builders Association

    2008

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    “Grand Award for Creative Design,” The Capital Contractor of the Year Awards, NARI

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    "Montgomery County Builders Association Award" for Best Outdoor Structure

    2007

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    2007 "Remodeling Magazine" Merit Award for Design-Build

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    “Grand Award for Creative Design”, The Capital Contractor of the Year Awards, NARI
     
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    "Montgomery County Builders Association Award" for Best Creative Solution over $140,000
     
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    "Chrysalis Regional Award"

    "Chrysalis National Award"

    2006

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    "Award of Excellence for Best Renovation/Restoration over $175,000” - Montgomery County Builders Association

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    "Additions under $100K," NARI Regional CotY ( "Contractor of the Year") Award

    "Additions under $100K," NARI National CotY Award

    "Residential Interiors over $100K," NARI Metropolitan Chapter Grand CotY Award

    2005

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    NARI CotY National Grand Award for Creative Design, also Regional and NARI Metro (read article in Home & Design magazine)

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    "Best Creative Solution," Montgomery County Builders Association

    "Best Addition," Montgomery County Builders Association

    "Best Addition/Renovation," Montgomery County Builders Association

    2004

    "Best Addition and Renovation Project Over $700K," Montgomery County Builders Association

    2003

    Chosen by Washingtonian Magazine as one of our top vote getters in "Here's Who the Experts Recommend"

    2002

    "Contractor of the Year" by the National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI)

    "Maryland Remodeler of the Year", Chrysalis Awards

    "Best Sunroom over $75,000", "Best Commercial Remodel", " Best Detached Outbuilding", Chrysalis Awards

    "Best Custom Home from $500,000 to $1,000,000", Finalist, Metro DC Chapter of NARI

    "Best Custom Home from $900,000 to $1,000,000", Montgomery County Builders Association

    Ellie Denker, inducted into Hall of Fame, Metro DC Chapter of NARI

    2001

    "Contractor of the Year", NARI

    John Brawner Memorial Award, "Builder of the Year", awarded to Michael Porter Denker, Montgomery Country Builders Association

    "Honors for Demonstrating their Outstanding Commitment to Community Service by Generously Donating Labor and Materials" for Shirley Povich Field's Classic Scoreboard, Dugouts and Bullpen Benches, and other Amenities, Montgomery Parks Foundation

    2000

    Award of Excellence, "Best Custom Home Over $1,000,000", Montgomery County Builders Association

    Builder's Choice Design and Planning Awards, Special Focus Award for Private Residence, Builder magazine

    "Maryland Remodeler of the Year," Chrysalis Awards

    1998

    Awarded "Contractor of the Year" by the National Association of the Remodeling, Regional and National Award

    Chosen by Washingtonian Magazine as 'one of our top vote getters' in "Here's Who the Experts Recommend for Home Renovation & Additions"

    1997

    "Best Custom Home Over $750,000"

    Chrysalis Awards for Remodeling Excellence for two projects, "Best Commercial Remodel", and "Best Detached Outbuilding"

    Renaissance Awards by "Remodeling Magazine".

    1995

    Montgomery County Builders Association, "Best Custom Home from $350,000 to $500,000, and "Best Addition under $100,000".

    1994

    National Association of the Remodeling Industry, "Contractor of the Year," Metropolitan Washington Chapter

    1993

    National Association of the Remodeling Industry, "Contractor of the Year," Regional and National Award

    Montgomery County Builders Association, "Best Project under $100,000".

    1990

    Renaissance Awards by "Remodeling Magazine"

    Contractor of the Year, National Association of the Remodeling Industry, Regional Award

    1989

    National Association of the Remodeling Industry, "Contractor of the Year," Regional Award

    Selected as one of the nation's "Big 50" remodeling firms by "Remodeling" magazine.

    1988

    National Association of the Remodeling Industry, "Contractor of the Year," Regional and National Award

    Builder's Choice Award, Builder magazine.

    1987

    National Association of the Remodeling Industry, "Contractor of the Year," Metropolitan Washington Chapter

     

  • Hopkins & Porter serves the following areas. See the map below for our general service area highlighted in red.

    service mapMaryland

    • Potomac (*office location)
    • Cabin John
    • Rockville
    • Bethesda
    • Kensington
    • Chevy Chase
    • Silver Spring
    • Poolesville
    • Gaithersburg
    • Germantown
    • Montgomery Village
    • Olney
    • Brookville
    • Sandy Spring
    • and surrounding area

    Washington, DC

    • North of K Street and West of Georgia Ave.

    Virginia

    • Arlington
    • Falls Church
    • McLean
    • Alexandria
    • Great Falls
    • and surrounding area

     

     

  • Hopkins & Porter employs architects, administrative personnel, skilled carpentry craftsmen, and project coordinators.

What our clients say...

"We turned to Hopkins & Porter and were impressed with their willingness to be flexible and creative with the design and the construction details. During construction, Hopkins & Porter maintained a high level of professional performance in every aspect of the job, from the supervision of sub-contractors to the creative response to daily problems."
Susan M. & Arthur F. - Chevy Chase, MD

Hopkins & Porter is a member of....

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AIA
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