A retired union carpenter, and skilled jack of all trades, “John C.” is able to rebuild nearly anything. Originally from right here in Springfield, he has a background in construction, real estate, truck driving, has owned both an oil company and an auto body shop, and is particularly versed working with Porsches. In his spare time you may find John working on one of his many pet projects, such as restoring a beautiful 1960 thunderbird and a 1970 Pontiac Lemans.
John Hopkins II, Trucking
John II has partnered with his father, JHop, on EcoBuilding Bargains’ truck, to travel MA, CT, and then some to pick up quality donations of excess building materials. John is from the Springfield area and has a unique background in retail and in fencing. While not ‘En Garde’, he enjoys playing basketball and video games. A little known fact, John II was the first to patent the nickname “JHop”.
Jeff Macfarlane, Receiving Specialist
Jeff has been a critical part of day-to-day operations at EcoBuilding Bargains since he arrived back in 2001. He is responsible for inventorying donated materials, setting up items for sale on the floor and putting together the myriad pieces. If it’s for sale at the store, it most likely passed through Jeff’s hands. He also helped refurbish our current 8,500 sq. ft retail space. In college, Jeff drove cross-country and witnessed firsthand the effects of clear-cut timber removal. He went on to earn a B.S. in Forestry Conservation from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and subsequently worked with a non-profit forestry conservation organization and as a contractor. Both of those experiences contribute to the work he does now to divert valuable resources from the landfill. A huge outdoor enthusiast, Jeff built his own cabin in Goshen from materials purchased at EcoBuilding Bargains.
Amy Weber, Recovery & Donations Specialist
Amy found a passion for environmental preservation while working as a PADI dive master and sailor in the Caribbean. After witnessing firsthand the effects that improper waste disposal can have on an ecosystem, Amy decided to pursue a green career. Shortly after returning to western MA in 2014, she joined CET as a Home Energy Auditor, helping homeowners identify the many ways to increase energy efficiency in their homes. She recently transitioned into Outside Sales here at EcoBuilding Bargains, and has since become a tremendous asset to contractors and organizations looking to donate large quantities of materials. By visiting deconstruction jobs in person, Amy is able to help contractors salvage more materials and greatly reduce the amount of waste created.
Allison Zeigler, Recovery & Donations Specialist
Allison joined the EcoBuilding Bargains team in November 2012. Having previously maintained the office and calendar for our donation pickups, Allison now spends her time out in the field identifying suitable building materials for reuse and spreading awareness about the environmentally friendly option to salvage during remodel jobs. She visits job sites to discuss donation potential and walks a donor through the process of donating, whether large or small. Allison has a wealth of ideas for ways to reuse and creatively repurpose quality building materials, and loves conversations to distinguish “deconstruction” and “demolition”.