Our People

  • Thomas Potts
    Thomas Potts
    AIA, Principal
  • Jody Driggs
    Jody Driggs
    AIA, NCARB, Principal
  • Mike Moore
    Mike Moore
    Business Development Director
  • Jeremy Jones
    Jeremy Jones
    AIA, Project Architect
  • Susan Farley
    Susan Farley
    Interior Designer
  • Sean G. Simon
    Sean G. Simon
    AIA, NCARB, Construction Phase Manager
  • Brian Estep
    Brian Estep
    AIA, Senior Project Architect
  • Fred Pack
    Fred Pack
    Construction Administrator
  • Glenn Savage
    Glenn Savage
    Construction Administrator
  • Jason Rutledge
    Jason Rutledge
    Associate AIA, CADD/Technology Manager
  • Martin Klapproth
    Martin Klapproth
    Associate AIA
  • Mitchell Riggleman
    Mitchell Riggleman
    Associate AIA
  • James Thompson
    James Thompson
    Associate AIA, CADD
  • David Milhorn
    David Milhorn
    CADD Designer
  • Rachel Driggs
    Rachel Driggs
    Business Office
Thomas Potts
AIA, Principal

Thomas Potts

1.304.346.0565

tpotts@silling.com

Charleston, WV

SIDE NOTES

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?
Eagles

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.

Jody Driggs
AIA, NCARB, Principal

Jody Driggs

1.304.346.0565

jdriggs@silling.com

Charleston, WV

SIDE NOTES

If you weren’t an architect, what might you be?
If I weren’t an architect, I’d be unemployed … at least long enough to try and figure out what could possibly be as satisfying.  The servant and scientist in me might like to give the medical profession a go.  The entrepreneur in me might think about opening a little neighborhood pub.  I love meeting all sorts of motivated people, and could imagine traveling the globe as a marketing professional for a company who’s mission or product makes a difference.  I loved my time in college working in residence life, the energy of a campus, as well as the idea of learning for a lifetime, and would have a blast as a professor – or a perpetual student.  And the art and music lover in me could probably be happy exploring any number of ways of communicating the world around us in whatever medium made the most sense.

Fortunately for me, architecture in a way allows me to sort of be all of these things and I’ve never had to choose.

Best book you’ve read recently?
Accidental Saints by Nadia Bolz-Weber

Jody is a twenty-year member of Silling Associates and has served as a Principal since 2001. His primary focus within the firm is instilling a special notion of service and care in the way that we practice, rooted in a humility responsive to the level of trust our clients have in us. Jody’s desire to serve exceptionally is a driving force in the studio’s constant efforts of innovation and improvement.

Jody also serves as an active design architect and project manager and appreciates the firm’s opportunities to develop solutions for a diverse and ever-expanding client base. He seeks to understand the people within each project, and the stories that project means to tell, in order to customize a design team and engage in a discourse unique to every opportunity. The variety of both building typologies but more importantly, architectural language and character, are evidence of his and the firm’s approach to client-centeredness and critical design.

In addition to his leadership in service and design, Jody also manages the daily operational and financial aspects of the firm alongside his wife and office manager, Rachel. Together, they enjoy working to develop a more casual family culture within the studio while also ensuring the financial resilience of the corporation.

Beyond Silling, Jody is a long-standing executive committee member of the West Virginia Chapter of the American Institute of Architects and has served as Director, Treasurer, Vice-President/President Elect, and President. He currently serves as a member of the AIAWV Scholarship Committee where he is committed to supporting young people who will make a difference in our State. He is the chair and founder of WVArchiPAC, advocating for improved public policy that benefits all West Virginians through appropriate design. He also serves on the Board of Directors of the YMCA of the Kanawha Valley.

Jody and Rachel adore their three children, Zach, Nick, and Hannah, and their time with them revolving around extended family, travel, and friends. Jody loves all kinds of sports, music, and food, which makes for all kinds of connections with all kinds of great people.

Mike Moore
Business Development Director

Mike Moore

1.304.346.0565

mmoore@silling.com

Charleston, WV

SIDE NOTES

Favorite Band or Musician?
Pearl Jam

How do you like to spend your free time?
Spending time with my family, playing golf, & coaching youth sports

Best book you’ve read recently?
One on One, by John Feinstein

Favorite Movie Growing Up?
Fletch

Mike has served as the firm’s Director of Business Development since 2004. Primarily responsible for marketing and client service management, he plays an active role in implementing Silling’s strategic initiatives throughout West Virginia, Ohio, Virginia, Pennsylvania, Kentucky, and beyond. Mike also provides project support and coordination along many fronts, often working closely with the design team and client during the planning, programming, and schematic design phases.

Mike earned his Bachelor of Business Administration with a degree in Finance from West Virginia State University in 1995. He is an Associate Member of the West Virginia Chapter of the American Institute of Architects, County Commissioners’ Association of WV, County Commissioners’ Association of Ohio, and the Virginia Association of Counties.

In his free time Mike enjoys spending time with his family, playing golf, vacationing in St. Augustine, Florida, and coaching Little League baseball. He likes to read books written by American sportswriter John Feinstein and is a diehard Pearl Jam fan. Mike currently resides in Hurricane, West Virginia with his wife, Emily, his children Maddie and Bryce, “Molly” the (shelter-rescued) St. Bernard, and three cats.

Jeremy Jones
AIA, Project Architect

Jeremy Jones

1.304.346.0565

jjones@silling.com

Charleston, WV

SIDE NOTES
If you had to work on only one project for the next year, what would it be?
A net zero building.

You’d be surprised to know that I…
Have 25 pairs of Air Jordans and counting.

Jeremy is a registered architect at Silling and began his career in the architecture industry in 2003.  He has significant involvement in all phases of project design, development, production, presentation, and coordination of contract documents.  He received licensure through the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards and the WV Board of Architects in 2011.

Jeremy provides valuable leadership and support throughout the programming, schematic design, design development, and construction documentation phases.  Most recently, Jeremy has served in the role as Project Manager and Project Architect for a number of projects including the Delaware County Judicial Building, Monongalia County Justice Center, Lewis County Judicial Annex,  Marshall County Public Safety Building, Cabell County Circuit Courtroom Renovation, Raleigh County Judicial Center, & Dickenson County Judicial Center.  Additional project experience includes the Morgan County Courthouse, Chesapeake Energy Eastern Regional Headquarters, and Haddad Riverfront Park among others.

Jeremy’s educational experience included a study abroad of European Architecture at the Polytechnic Institute of Krakow, Poland, spring semester of 2002. Travel included Austria, Germany, the Netherlands, Italy, England, France, the Czech Republic, and Spain. While at the University of Tennessee, he received numerous scholarships, honors, and distinctions including the Fourth Year Design of Excellence Award and the 2002 WV AIA Scholarship.

Jeremy is an outdoors guy through and through.  He loves to hike, walk his dog Jules, and play basketball, softball, and golf.  He likes to grill, sample different types of tasty beverages, and watch sports.  He loves listening to good tunes, spending time with his family and friends, and traveling.  He also enjoys graphic art and illustration, especially sketching cartoons.

Susan Farley
Interior Designer

Susan Farley

1.304.346.0565

sfarley@silling.com

Charleston, WV

SIDE NOTES

If you weren’t an Interior Designer, what might you be? I would love to have my own small restaurant/bakery/bar combo featuring personal recipes for comfort food and my killer homemade pies.

How do you like to spend your free time? Doing anything outdoors especially if it involves water- boating, kayaking, & swimming.

Susan joined Silling Architects in May 2016 and brings a diverse experience within both the interior design and construction industries.  She brings a highly collaborative approach with architects and end users from the conceptual stage of the building project through completion to develop a cohesive concept through the selection of interior and exterior finishes, space planning, furniture and fixture choices.  For the past eighteen years Susan’s interior design experience has been focused in the Design/Build delivery method.

Susan has also spent years establishing accounts with national vendors to be able to purchase materials such as carpet, tile, etc. direct which impacts the projects  budget by providing tremendous cost savings which is passed on to the client. She also works closely with construction estimators to price new building projects by using her years of buying experience to offer value engineering to clients by suggesting less costly alternatives to already specified interiors.  Susan is responsible for maintaining a full “interior finishes” library and resource center for staff use.

Sean G. Simon
AIA, NCARB, Construction Phase Manager

Sean Simon

1.304.346.0565

ssimon@silling.com

Charleston, WV

SIDE NOTES

How do you like to spend your free time?
Hunting, fishing and doing woodworking projects.

What songs are on your playlist?
Freebird

Favorite Band or Musician?
Lynyrd Skynyrd

Sean has twenty-four years’ experience involving all phases of architectural programming, design, construction document production, and construction contract administration. Sean joined Silling in 2008 as the Construction Phase Manager, working closely with the firm’s production staff throughout the construction document phase and providing construction contract administration services.

In addition to construction phase services, Sean also produces the project manuals including writing the project specifications and the production of the project contracts. He is responsible for facilitating pre-construction meetings providing clear definition of project goals and owner expectations, reviewing contractor submittals, product samples, and shop drawings for conformance to the contract drawings and specifications, attending progress meetings to maintain clear communication with builders, observing installation of materials and systems to verify their conformance with the design intent, and monitoring the project schedule.

Sean earned a Bachelor of Architecture from the University of Tennessee in 1992 and is a member of the West Virginia Chapter of the American Institute of Architects.

Sean was born and raised in West Virginia. He left for a short time, but found his way back! He worked as a volunteer firefighter for 10 years. He has two boys ages 16 and 12. In his free time Sean likes to hunt and fish. He enjoys woodworking and loves the great outdoors!

Brian Estep
AIA, Senior Project Architect

Brian Estep

1.304.346.0565

bestep@silling.com

Charleston, WV

SIDE NOTES

What are some of your favorite spots in Charleston?
Capitol Market and Haddad Riverfront Park.

If you weren’t an architect, what might you be?
A drummer.

Favorite Band or Musician?
Band – Rush,  Musician – Neil Peart

How do you like to spend your free time?
With my wife and son.

Brian has twenty-four years of experience as an Architect and Project Manager with involvement in a multitude of building types, most notably within the education, commercial office, and judicial markets. He is primarily responsible for day-to-day project activities including programming, design, construction document production, and coordination of the architectural and engineering disciplines.

Prior to joining Silling in January of 2012, Brian served as a Senior Project Architect for another Charleston architectural practice. Additionally, he previously worked as a Project Architect in St. Petersburg, Florida at CBB Architects from 1997 to 2001 before returning to his home state of West Virginia.

A graduate of the University of Tennessee in 1992, Brian has several notable awards to his credit including an AIA Tampa Bay Design Award for WUSF-TV Studios on the University of South Florida’s Tampa campus, as well as an AIA WV Honor Award for the Erma Byrd Center for Public Higher Education located in Beckley, WV.

Brian was born and raised in Charleston, West Virginia.  With a love of music from an early age, banging on his mother’s pots and pans with wooden spoons soon turned into drum lessons that lasted through Junior High and High school.  During that same time Brian put those lessons to use by playing in the band in both Junior High and High School and eventually helped form a rock band with members from another local high school. He continued his drumming through his first two years of college as a member of the drum line in The Pride of the Southland Band at the University of Tennessee.  After those two years Brian put away his drumsticks to focus more on his chosen career in architecture.

Brian also has a love for cars.  He participated as a student and later as an instructor in High Performance Driving Education events. He is married to his lovely wife Mechelle and together they enjoy spending time and traveling with their son Grayson.

Fred Pack
Construction Administrator

Fred Pack

1.304.346.0565

fpack@silling.com

Charleston, WV

SIDE NOTES

Favorite Band or Musician?
Allman Brothers

What was the last picture you took with your phone?
Work related – Raleigh County Judicial Center
Personal – Wednesday night’s dinner, my daughter in law loves my wife’s cooking and I love to send pictures and tease her

Fred Pack joined Silling in February of 2012 serving as a Construction Administrator. In addition to having over 30 years’ experience in the construction industry, Fred has served as a Project Superintendent over the last seventeen years. His responsibilities included a full range of construction supervision duties including coordination and scheduling of trade contractors, material suppliers and construction team employees, liaison for project owners and architects/engineers over the duration of projects, quality assurance, cost management, and safety program maintenance. Specific projects under his supervision included the West Virginia Lottery Headquarters, St. Mary’s Medical Center, Kings Daughter Medical Center, Guyan Golf and Country Club, and various K-12 schools throughout Ohio, just to name a few.

Fred was born in Huntington, West Virginia, raised in South Point, Ohio and now resides in Chesapeake, Ohio. He has been married to his wife Marsha for eleven years.  Between them, they have four adult children and four grandchildren.  He enjoys spending time with his family and also likes to ride motorcycles.  Fred is a veteran of the United States Air Force.

Glenn Savage
Construction Administrator

Glenn Savage

1.304.346.0565

gsavage@silling.com

Charleston, WV

SIDE NOTES

What songs are on your playlist?
80s & 90s rock/pop

Favorite Band or Musician?
Queen

What was the last picture you took with your phone?
Niece and nephews learning to ski at Snowshoe.

Glenn has been inspecting and administering construction projects throughout West Virginia for over eighteen years. His diverse experience in construction oversight includes educational, justice, healthcare, banking, law enforcement, recreational, and residential building types.

He is responsible for facilitating preconstruction meetings providing clear definition of project goals and owner expectations, reviewing contractor submittals, product samples, and shop drawings for conformance to the contract drawings and specifications, attending progress meetings to maintain clear communication with builders, observing installation of materials and systems to verify their conformance with the design intent, and monitoring the project schedule. His attention to detail and his thorough understanding of how buildings should go together give him strong construction administration abilities.

Glenn was born and raised in Charleston WV.  He still resides in Charleston with his wife Jill.  His career has given him the opportunity to visit almost every community in the great state of WV.  He enjoys outdoor hobbies such as hiking, road & mountain biking, and skiing.  He enjoys spending time with family.  His favorite travel plans include ski weekends, cruises, and trips to South Carolina.

Jason Rutledge
Associate AIA, CADD/Technology Manager

Jason Rutledge

1.304.346.0565

jrutledge@silling.com

Charleston, WV

SIDE NOTES

Where is your favorite vacation destination?
Mustang Week at Myrtle Beach.

How do you like to spend your free time?
I am currently restoring a ’78 F250 or messing with my mustang.

Jason began his career at Silling in 2002 and provides daily CAD production coordination during the design development and construction document phases. Additionally, he is involved in various aspects of our firm’s construction administration services.

Jason received his Certificate in Computer-Aided Drafting and Design from Ben Franklin Career & Technical Center in 2001 and from West Virginia State University in 2002. He is an Associate Member of the WV Chapter of the American Institute of Architects.

Jason resides in Putnam County with his wife, Miranda, their 2 dogs, Shelby and Achilles, as well as a cat named Henry.   He enjoys spending his free time watching football and baseball, especially the Chicago Cubs, Pittsburgh Steelers, and WVU!  Jason has a passion for cars, still owns his ’87 Mustang GT from high school, and is on the Executive Board for the Charleston Boulevard Rod Run and Doo Wop car show.

Martin Klapproth
Associate AIA

Martin Klapproth

1.304.346.0565

mklapproth@silling.com

Charleston, WV

SIDE NOTES

What are some of your favorite spots in Charleston?
Capital Market, The Block, The Empty Glass,

You’d be surprised to know that I…
Still like to play with LEGOs

If you had to work on only one project for the next year, what would it be?
A science education facility for children.

Martin is a designer with over twenty-five years’ experience in the architectural industry, including all phases of project design. Since 1986, he has been providing schematic and construction document production support, project management and supervision, and I.T. support. He has provided various design, production, and/or project management services for the Marshall University Robert C. Byrd Biotechnology/Science Center, Marshall University-South Charleston Campus, and the West Liberty State College Academic, Sports, & Recreation Facility, among others.

Martin joined Silling Associates in 2008 as a Project Manager and has served a number of projects in the justice, education, corporate, healthcare, and recreational markets. His primary responsibilities include schematic design, contract document production and coordination, construction contract administration support, and overall project support.  Martin earned his Bachelor of Architecture from the University of Cincinnati in 2003.

Martin is a first generation American, born to German parents in Charleston, WV, along with two sisters.  He was raised and still resides in Charleston.  He has been married to his wife Robin for fifteen years. His hobbies include travel, kayaking, and spending time with friends.  He and Robin have five cats, all former strays, that keep the neighborhood entertained.

Mitchell Riggleman
Associate AIA

Mitchell Riggleman

1.304.346.0565

mriggleman@silling.com

Charleston, WV

SIDE NOTES

Mitchell received his BArch degree from the University of Tennessee College of Architecture and Design in 2012 where he received the Henry Adams AIA Certificate of Merit, given to the salutatorian of the 5-year undergraduate program. While at Tennessee, his academic honors included being awarded the 2011 AIA West Virginia Scholarship; recognition as the Phi Kappa Phi Most Outstanding Sophomore in the College of Architecture and Design, and selection for a Faculty Letter of Excellence. During the spring semester of 2011, he was selected to participate in the International Advanced Architectural Design studio at the Bauhaus University in Weimar, Germany where he studied the history and theory of public buildings.

Prior to joining Silling, Mitchell’s design talents have been recognized through such awards as the Pella Windows and Doors SE Design Award; an AIA Middle Tennessee Design Award Honorable Mention; the Tau Sigma Delta Bronze Medal Honorable Mention; and inclusion into the 2012 College of Architecture and Design Honors Exhibition. At Silling, Mitchell has contributed greatly to the architectural discourse of the studio and has delivered innovative and provocative concepts for a broad range of projects.

James Thompson
Associate AIA, CADD

James Thompson

1.304.346.0565

jthompson@silling.com

Charleston, WV

SIDE NOTES

The first car I ever owned was a…
1988 Chevy Cavalier

If you had to work on only one project for the next year, what would it be?
Any athletic facility.

Favorite Band or Musician?
Korn

James joined Silling in 2006 and carries out daily CAD production responsibilities during all phases of project design.  He received his Certificate in Computer-Aided Drafting and Design from Ben Franklin Career & Technical Center and is an Associate Member of the WV Chapter of the American Institute of Architects.

James has been married to his wife Kelli for 9 years. They have two kids, Jonah who is 9 and Maci who is 5. In his free time James likes to go to the gym, spend time with his family, and draw. He also enjoys playing basketball, barbequing, and watching movies.

David Milhorn
CADD Designer

David Milhorn

1.304.346.0565

dmilhorn@silling.com

Charleston, WV

SIDE NOTES

What songs are on your playlist:
Any/all music
 
You’d be surprised to know that I…
love to shop.

David joined Silling in 2015 and carries out daily CAD production responsibilities during all phases of project design.  He received his Certificate in Computer-Aided Drafting and Design from Ben Franklin Career & Technical Center, completed coursework in CISCO Networking and Computer Operations/Networking, and is an Associate Member of the WV Chapter of the American Institute of Architects.

David enjoys watching television, shooting pool, and shopping.

Rachel Driggs
Business Office

Rachel Driggs

1.304.346.0565

rdriggs@silling.com

Charleston, WV

SIDE NOTES

What is one of your favorite quotes?
People will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you make them feel.  –Maya Angelou 

Rachel Driggs brings years of organizational experience to Silling Architects and is responsible for the management of the office including accounting and human resources.  Rachel has previously held positions in music ministry, legal offices and retail management.

Rachel enjoys spending time with her husband, Jody, and three children, Zach, Nick and Hannah, and she volunteers in her church’s worship band singing.

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