Meet Anthony Pope, President of Waukegan Gurnee Glass, Inc

Get to know Anthony, a new member of the EFBC, who joined us in 2022.

Waukegan Gurnee Glass Inc
Founded: 1921

Location: Gurnee, IL

Tell us about your career leading up to where you are now:
I started in the family business at the age of 12 and worked during my summer breaks from school. Over the course of my teenage years I grew to like the business and wanted to contribute to it in a more meaningful way through management. I earned my Bachelors In Marketing and Commerce at DePaul University and shortly after moved into a management position at the company. My father retired in 2018 and I was appointed to take his place as President of the company.

I have two siblings in the company. We are the third generation in the business and we are working to grow our business to continue to provide our customers with Residential and Commercial Glazing Solutions for now and into the future.

What do you like most about what you do?
I really enjoy the sales end of the business. It is where everything starts. It is rewarding to see projects go from concept to reality and to travel the path with our customers. My role today limits the amount of direct sales I get to do but the work I do supports all roles and it is great to see everything intertwine and come together for the success of our company.

How did you hear about the EFBC?
I first heard of EFBC years ago when it was a part of UIC. When we were first introduced to the organization the timing was not right for us. Several years had passed and while I attended a recent Goldman Sachs program one of my mentors recommended I reach out to an organization like the EFBC to continue my leadership and management growth. I did my research and reached out. Everything I learned about the EFBC seemed to be what I was looking for.

Why did you join, and what do you hope to gain from your membership?
I joined the EFBC so I can network and build relationships with other Business Owners and Entrepreneurs. The family business has been a wonderful career but it is lonely at the top! There are things I burden and shoulder that I just can’t discuss with many other people. They would either not understand or it may not be appropriate.

I feel that I have a lot to share and hope some of my past experiences may help others in some way. I hope to gain new leadership and management skills while also getting out of my silo and comfort zone.

Join us in welcoming Anthony to the EFBC community.