Laid-off engineer designs his own gig
Don Koonce was a corporate engineer for the better part of three decades and was thankful for the stability. He even moved his family from Fort Worth to Houston when his company asked him to transfer. But when Koonce was suddenly laid off for the second time in his career, he had enough. In February 2003, Designs by Koonce was founded when the lifelong engineer decided it was time to be his own boss.
ADDRESS: 1521 Green Oak Place, Sui te 195, Kingwood
HOURS: 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday-Thursday; by appointment on Fridays
WHAT YOU’LL FIND: Designs by Koonce is a full-service graphic arts and video services studio. Owner Don Koonce provides software and design training as well as videography training so clients can film and edit their own projects.
WHAT THEY’RE SAYING: “I got tired of worrying about getting laid off. I literally went from one day having a job to the next being unemployed. I had no warning. With help from my wife’s income as a nurse, I was able to start and build my business. I always wanted to do something like this, but was afraid to.” — Don Koonce, owner
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