Our TeamTrusted Glass Craftsmanship since 1967
Silas Koonse, co-owner
Silas Koonse grew up working at Koonse Glass. He is the son of Michael Koonse and grandson of Mel Koonse (original owner who opened the business in 1967 with wife Mary Sue Koonse). Some of his first memories of working at Koonse Glass are of sweeping the floors after school. He worked at other local Columbia businesses after he graduated from Columbia College, but he knew he wanted to help grow the Koonse Glass business long-term. Silas purchased Koonse Glass in 2013 and Village Glass in 2015 and he currently runs both with the help of Tom Fiegel, his uncle. Silas really loves working at a family-owned and operated business and making every employee and customer feel great about their association with the business. Silas is especially proud of the progress they’ve made over the last year and he is excited about moving the business to its new Paris Road location in 2016. When Silas isn’t working he loves spending time with his family, and attending Ford-Mustang shows.
Tom Fiegel (along with Michael Koonse) purchased Koonse Glass from Mel and Mary Sue Koonse in 1987. Tom has helped run the Koonse Glass and Village Glass businesses since then. He is an expert glazier and offers invaluable insights to the Koonse Glass employees who have a variety of questions for him each week. Tom loves co-owning a family-owned and operated business. He likes knowing the employees love to work at Koonse Glass and the customers appreciate their work. Tom has helped steward many positive changes over the years and he is particularly excited about the move to the new location on Paris Road this year. When Tom isn’t working he loves riding motorcycles.
Colin Payton has worked at Koonse Glass since 1999. His areas of expertise are stained glass, custom tabletops, and residential glass. Colin likes the Koonse Glass work environment and he enjoys going to work at a new project site every single day where he gets to learn new things and meet new people. When Colin isn’t working he loves to go on road trips exploring Missouri.
Shawn Palmer has worked at Koonse Glass since 2014. His main focus is commercial installation. What he likes most about working for Koonse Glass is the process of crafting and building something new and the work location diversity. When Shawn isn’t working he is usually lampworking (glass art) or working in his garden.
Rick Younger has worked at Koonse Glass since 1989. Over the years he has learned tried and true methods and also how to innovate in order to provide the right solution for any job. Rick really appreciates the family-owned atmosphere, the respect he receives, and the sense of job security at Koonse Glass. When he is not working he tries to catch up on chores and see the newest movies.
Nick Younger has worked at Koonse Glass since 2012. With every year he is learning proven and new techniques for any type of job demand. Nick likes the close-knit family atmosphere at Koonse Glass. When Nick isn’t working he likes playing guitar, bass and drums, and he also enjoys cooking and mountain biking.
Gary Newton has worked at Koonse Glass since 1989. Over the years he has mastered proven methods and also how to create new approaches to ensure the right solution for any job. Gary really enjoys focusing on commercial work and helping local businesses. Gary also likes the family-owned atmosphere at Koonse Glass. When he is not working he likes spending time with his family and fishing.
Kelsey Strutz has worked at Koonse Glass since 2015. He really enjoys seeing what a difference it makes in homes when he replaces shower doors and old mirrors with new custom options. Kelsey likes the light-hearted environment at Koonse Glass and learning more about different interests from fellow employees. When Kelsey isn’t working he likes reading and spending time with his family.
Jon Hinderberger has worked at Koonse Glass since 2015. His main focus is commercial installation. What he likes most about working for Koonse Glass is the variety in his day-to-day work schedule. He likes the emphasis on craftsmanship at Koonse and that his work isn’t based on a one-size-fits-all approach. Jon also really likes everyone he works with. When Jon isn’t working he is usually enjoying the great outdoors, hunting or fishing.
Sharon Bichsel has worked at Koonse Glass since 1999. Over the years Sharon has helped customers make their homes and businesses better. Sharon also likes the family-owned atmosphere at Koonse Glass. She feels all the employees are truly recognized and valued. When she is not working Sharon likes spending time with her family, fishing and boating.
Sam Younger has worked at Koonse Glass since 2014. His main focus is glass cutting (patterns and custom). What Sam likes most about working for Koonse Glass is that he gets to work with his hands and creative problem solve on a variety of projects every week. When Sam isn’t working he likes to make music and paint.
Devon Rule has worked at Koonse Glass since 2007. His main focus is commercial installation. What Devon likes most about working for Koonse Glass is the feeling of working for a smaller company with a good family atmosphere. When Devon isn’t working he likes to hunt and smoke his own meat, raise chickens and garden.
Keith Null has worked at Koonse Glass since 2014. His main focus is residential glazing and window tinting. Keith believes Koonse Glass is a great place to work. He feels they offer great benefits and he likes working with his co-workers. When Keith isn’t working he loves to BBQ, hunting, and playing sports.
Michael Frank (aka “Indiana”) has worked at Koonse Glass since 2003. He is a master residential glazier. Michael likes the great work environment at Koonse Glass. He feels you get to learn from the best and learn new techniques daily. He also appreciates that the Koonse family makes their employees feel like family. Michael enjoys hunting, and being a dad and husband.
Linda Parker has worked at Koonse Glass since 2017. Linda’s area of expertise is customer service. She likes the friendly work environment and appreciates the team work among all the departments and co-workers which makes it possible to meet the customer’s needs. When she is not working, Linda enjoys time with family, being outdoors, working out and training clients at the gym.
Justin Zurmiller has worked at Koonse Glass since 2016. His main focus is commercial glazing. Justin likes the wide variety of projects he works on outside the shop and appreciates the fact that his co-workers take the time to do things the way they should be done. When not at work, Justin loves being outdoors.
Tyler Woodcock has worked at Koonse Glass since 2019. His area of expertise is the installation of custom mirrors and shower enclosures. Tyler likes working with skilled co-workers in a variety of new environments, using his hands to create a product that will be enjoyed for years to come. When not at work, Tyler enjoys reading, spending time outdoors, exercising and being a dad and husband.