About Us

Dillard-Jones Builders was first recognized for building excellence in 2006, receiving a prestigious Merit Award in the Home Builders Association of South Carolina Pinnacle Awards. That same year, Southern Living selected Dillard-Jones Builders to represent the magazine in the Greenville, SC market as a member of the Southern Living Custom Builder Program. In 2009, Dillard-Jones Builders became the first South Carolina homebuilder to be named a Southern Living Custom Builder of the Year. In 2011, Dillard-Jones became the first company in the 18-year history of the Southern Living Custom Builder Program to win the Builder of the Year award twice. Also in 2011, Southern Living named Dillard-Jones to represent its Custom Builder Program in the Asheville, NC market along with Greenville, SC.


Tom Dillard founded Dillard-Jones Builders, LLC in 2004 and quickly established it as an award-winning company. A Clemson University graduate with a degree in mechanical engineering, Thomas brought 20 years of construction, project management and sales experience to Dillard-Jones Builders. He is a hands-on leader who works directly with homeowners, vendor partners, and subcontractors to stay personally involved in each Dillard-Jones project. Email Tom.


Susan Peace-Vernon is Vice President and Selections Specialist, assisting Dillard-Jones clients with budgeting, color and style selections, and quality control. A professionally trained interior designer who hails from a homebuilding family, Susan understands the critical relationship between construction engineering, space planning and interior design. Susan serves as the client's daily link to suppliers and specialty contractors in the field to ensure a smooth homebuilding process. Email Susan.


Richie Martin provides in-house design and estimating services for Dillard-Jones Builders. He also serves as a senior project manager responsible for oversight of construction projects in the field. A graduate of Clemson University, Richie joined Dillard-Jones in 2011 after serving as a senior manager for Allora, LLC, and designing more than 100 home plans including many in the Cliffs Communities for Donald A. Gardner Architect, a national firm. Email Richie.


Brandon Smith joined Dillard-Jones Builders in 2013 as Designs Manager. A graduate of West Virginia University with a degree in Interior Design, Brandon also studied architecture at Virginia Tech. Brandon has 15 years' experience in home design, having previously worked with one of the nation's leading providers of pre-designed home plans and for a high-end residential architectural firm. His house plans have been featured in various Parade of Homes events, and in several national and regional publications. Email Brandon.


JC Urps serves as Project Manager Dillard-Jones Builders. JC has 35 years of construction management experience as a sub-contractor and business owner, serving as president of JC Urps Inc. for 14 years. He also was a project manager for The Cliffs Communities and a construction manager for Mt. Zion Christian Fellowship. A skilled carpenter, JC'c custom trim and woodwork is featured in many homes throughout the Upstate region of South Carolina. Email JC.


Jim Brophy serves as Lake Region Sales Specialist for Dillard-Jones Builders. Jim retired from Caterpillar Inc. after a 40-year career serving in various executive positions including product manager, operations director, plant manager, and managing director of a Caterpillar subsidiary in Europe. Jim resides in The Cliffs at Keowee Falls in a Dillard-Jones custom home. Email Jim.



Jessica Smith serves as Mountain Region Sales Specialist for Dillard-Jones Builders. A native of Greenville SC, Jessica has owned Upcountry Concierge since 2009, working with clients in luxury communities throughout the Upstate, such as the Cliffs’ communities. She has previously worked for Bergeron Builders. Her experience with luxury custom home builders included office management, selections management, and sales positions. Email Jessica