If you weren’t an architect, what might you be?
Growing up I had dreams of playing professional baseball. I grew up watching the Reds in the late 60s and then the Big Red Machine in the 70s. I idolized Pete Rose, Johnny Bench, Tony Perez and Joe Morgan. Sadly I had a try out in 1977 that put an abrupt end to those dreams. Later in life my secret desire was to somehow be a good enough golfer to play on the Champions Tour. Unfortunately or perhaps fortunately God’s gift to me was not a smooth swing. In the end there is no question I’m in the right career field as I absolutely love this profession and what I do.
What is one of your favorite quotes?
I guess it comes down to a simple choice, really. Get busy living or get busy dying.
Favorite Band or Musician?
Tom is a Principal at Silling Associates and is a twenty-year member of the firm. He provides leadership, direction, and management to all aspects of firm including the mission, design quality, and corporate culture. In addition to the broad based firm management, Tom is a skilled Project Manager and recognized leader of Justice Facility Planning with decades of experience designing courthouses, correctional institutions, and law enforcement facilities. He oversees projects from inception to completion, working closely with clients and the construction industry to insure the success of projects under his direction. He takes a “hands-on” approach to every project, working closely with clients to define and detail requirements for their facilities.
Tom graduated with honors in 1990 from the University of Tennessee College of Architecture and Planning. He is a member of the American Institute of Architects and is past president of the West Virginia Chapter of the American Institute of Architects.
He enjoys spending time with his family. Tom has been married to his lovely wife Cheryl for 10 years. He has three children and two grandchildren. He is an avid high-handicap golfer and loves the beaches of North Carolina and Florida.