The Peter Arrigoni Award Goes to...John Pope of Old Town GlassJune 24, 2021For Immediate Release
June 24, 2021
Marin Builders Association Honors John Pope of Old Town Glass in Novato with Peter Arrigoni Building Community Leadership Award
The Marin Builders Association has selected John Pope as the recipient of the 2021 Peter Arrigoni Building Community Leadership Award. The award recognizes an individual for excellence in industry leadership and community involvement. Recipients are considered based on their dedication to industry, commitment to education, and their support of the Marin Builders Association goals and initiatives. The award was established in 2019 in honor of the late Peter Arrigoni who served as General Manager of the Marin Builders Association from 1977 to 2003 and served on the Marin County Board of Supervisors from 1968-1976.
John is the Principal of Old Town Glass in Novato which he operates with his sister Michele. Old Town Glass is a second-generation family owned and operated business. As experts in the fenestration business, Old Town Glass, assists in design, code compliance, installation, and energy efficiency.
John is a Marin native. In his teens he attended Marin Catholic High School and worked at the City of Novato in Community Development. He also worked at Autodesk as part of Marin County Office of Education Schools to Career Program, a program still supported today by the Marin Builders Association.
In 2003, John decided it was time to return to the family business at Old Town Glass, where he has been for the past 18 years. During his time with the family business, Old Town Glass has expanded their product offerings to include a robust selection of domestic and international products. Because of their global connections, Old Town Glass can provide clients with, glass, windows, and doors from across Europe and Asia. Their team’s unique skill set allows product development through final installation of unique structural glass applications. John is passionate about providing bespoke solutions to designers and owners, working as part of a team to develop new products, and provide specifically tailored solutions.
When John returned to Marin in 2003, he quickly joined up with the Marin County Sheriff’s Office, Search & Rescue team (SAR) and Marin County Fire Department’s SAR team. Today, he serves as a Search Manager for Marin SAR. He is responsible for running incidents within Marin and throughout California. As a Search and Rescue leader, John has managed large scale incidents for missing persons and filled operational roles in major disaster recoveries including the recent Santa Rosa and Butte County firestorms.
Most recently, John was at the helm of the Marin Builders Association as the 2020 President of the Board of Directors. He worked tirelessly as a volunteer to help guide the association, its members, and the local construction industry through the challenges of the Covid-19 pandemic. Except for a few weeks in Spring of 2020, construction was deemed essential, and firms needed to adapt to changing needs and requirements through the entire pandemic. As President, John prioritized helping association members and the industry by providing resources, connecting with county and local health & building officials, ensuring local construction firms and workers remained safe and productive.
Rick Wells, Marin Builders Association CEO, shared about working with John, “We are grateful to have had the right leader at the right time. John’s dedication and persistence helped us push through challenging times, for each other, as a team, and as an industry. We’re thankful for his leadership.”
Dan Ross, Marin Builders Association 2021 President from Ross Painting and Concrete Coatings added, “John has shown the true spirit of selflessly volunteering his time and skills for a greater good. His dedication helped keep our members informed and safe during a time of uncertainty and crisis. It has been my good fortune to follow John as president of MBA, as John has been generous with his time and counsel and made my job much easier than it might have been otherwise. I am extremely happy to see John receive this award.”
John Pope observed about the award, “I am honored to be considered for this award by a group of good people that are fully committed to our industry and our local community. I hope to be able to give back in some way for many years to come.”
John will be featured in the upcoming edition of the 2021-2022 Marin Home Resource Guide, releasing in late July and recognized by the Board of Directors at a presentation this September. The Marin Builders Association is honored to present the Peter Arrigoni Building Community Leadership Award to John Pope of Old Town Glass.
Contact:Rick Wells, Chief Executive Officerrick@marinbuilders.com, (415) 462-1220
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