Vincent N. Pompo, industry leader and tile and stone distributor, passed away in his sleep yesterday, July 14, 2020. He was 93 years old.
Pompo was the father of Donato Pompo, founder of Ceramic Tile and Stone Consultants, and University of Ceramic Tile and Stone, who expressed sadness and pride in his father and his accomplishments.
Born in Los Angeles, Calif., to his Italian immigrant parents from Naples and Pescara Italy, he grew up in a tough neighborhood and persevered to becoming a successful businessman. He was one of the founders of the Ceramic Tile Distributors Association (CTDA), was the 3rd CTDA president, and he was inducted into the CTDA Hall of Fame.
Vince started his career in the tile business unloading box cars at Gladding McBean, the manufacturer of Franciscan Tile and Dinnerware. He worked his way up from warehouse to sales, eventually becoming a sales manager. In 1975 he started Southwestern Tile & Marble Company in San Diego, Calif., that became one of the largest and most successful importers and distributors in the industry at that time.
Vince was a proud Catholic, and a proud World War II Navy Veteran who was assigned to the USS Plunkett DD431 Destroyer during his tour in protecting our troops.
Vince was a big hunter. He would go to Steamboat Springs, Colo., to hunt Elk every year with his buddy and fellow distributor Dick Sokol. He hunted in Alaska a number of times where he got caribou, bear, and other game. He was also a big fisherman fishing for salmon, tuna, and marlins.
He was always a big supporter of the tile industry and stayed very involved in growing the industry in many ways.
He will be missed, but he will be remembered for his accomplishments and his devotion to his family.
Vince is survived by Donato Pompo and his wife Tricia and and two sons; by his daughter Lesah Mutscheller and her two children and two grandchildren; and by his daughter Linda Perrenoud and her four children and her 10 grandchildren.
Due to the Corona Virus, the memorial is postponed to a future date to be determined. The family is and will continue to celebrate his life.