Jody Efird, RA
Jody is a principal with ESPA with over 40 years in the design and construction industry in a variety of project types. A graduate of NC State University, Jody also has a degree in landscape architecture. She has served in leadership positions on several community boards and construction industry associations as past president of CPN of North Carolina and the Piedmont chapter of CREW. Jody enjoys traveling, especially out west.
Hugh E. Sutphin Jr., RA
Hugh is a principal with ESPA with extensive experience in a variety of project types. He received his Bachelor of Environmental Design in Architecture from NC State University and his Masters of Architecture from the University of Colorado. Hugh has been in the design and construction industry for over 40 years. He has provided creative solutions for a variety of project types including many historic buildings in downtown Greensboro. Hugh works closely with clients, consultants, and contractors at every stage of a project to ensure its success. Always willing to help others, Hugh and his wife are very active in their Church assisting with the church’s outreach programs.
Charles A. Pearce III, AIA, LEED® AP BD+C
As a principal with ESPA, Charles is in charge of office operations and project management. His strong organizational skills, ability to think on his feet, and his ability to build consensus in the field are essential to keeping projects on target and on schedule. A graduate of UNC Charlotte, Charles has over thirty-five years in the design and construction industry; his background includes management of successful multi-million dollar projects for municipal, state, and private clients throughout North Carolina. Charles has served for over ten years in the AIA Piedmont section, holding several offices as well as President for three terms. Charles and his wife are volunteers with Greyhound Friends of NC, a greyhound rescue, and they enjoy attending Grasshoppers Baseball in the summer.
Bubby Efird has been a team member of ESPA since 2015 and has been in charge of chasing squirrels and cats that happen by the office. Buddy has been in charge of keeping office spirits up by visiting everyone during the day to see if you need a break (tummy rubs), if you have a snack to spare, or if you need someone to talk to. Being strategically low to the ground, Buddy has an inherent talent for selecting flooring by lying on floor samples he feels meet his smell and texture standards.
After trying his paws at racing, Thomas Pearce joined ESPA’s Public Relations Team in 2018. Always putting his best paw forward, Thomas enjoys walking around downtown Greensboro and meeting people. He really enjoys getting the back of his ears and his back scratched. In addition to Public Relations, Thomas has developed the art of Quality Control regarding trash can inspection and observing and remembering where the office snacks are stored.