At Sante Fe, we believe beautiful design should be accessible to everyone who desires it.
Chuck Sonnenberg began his career in the office furniture business in Midland, Texas. In 1987 he moved to San Angelo to start a small office supply company with his dad as a financial partner. The company grew exponentially over the next 17 years and quickly became a powerhouse in West Texas with sales exceeding 7 million, with group contracts servicing the Department of Defense and large metropolitan cities, public universities and hospitals. The small office supply company had 6 locations across the state with over 50 employees. Chuck then believed it was time for a change and sold the office supply company. In 2005 Chuck decided to start a company that his upcoming graduating children could become involved in, thus Santa Fe Furniture & Gifts was created. Over the years as Kord, became more involved it freed up some time, so Chuck got involved in a life long dream of thoroughbred horse racing with the newest company Backdoor Thoroughbreds LLC.
Kord sonnenberg, Chucks youngest son, joined the company in 2014. Though he was the youngest member of the Santa Fe staff, he quickly learned the family business and his youth quickly became invaluable when doing installations. As time elapsed he learned the day to day operations and the internal workings of the company. Kord became the go-to guy for custom drawings and renderings of the custom furniture designed here at Santa Fe. Kords’ draftsmanship of his custom furniture designs were a work of art themselves. Today, Kord is vital to the success of the company. His knowledge on website development and social media is the future for Santa Fe.
Royanne Day has been with the company since its opening in 2005. As our Corporate Manager, she is the backbone of the company. Royanne worked for Chuck and Amy at the office supply company and became one of the only employees that transitioned from the office supply business to Santa Fe. Royanne has a wonderful husband with two beautiful daughters. Royanne handles all the day to day operations of the company including keeping track of orders, deliveries, inventory, and book-keeping. Her knowledge of the business, vendors, and customers is astonishing. Her loyalty and friendship has been invaluable to Chuck and Amy for decades. Employees like this are a true treasure.
Emilee Krieger is our Store Manager at the Ruidoso Downs, New Mexico location. Emilee started on the day of the stores grand opening in 2015, as a customer service representative. As Emilee matured and learned the furniture business it became clear to Chuck and Amy that her skills could be developed into a management position within the company. In the summer of 2017 Emilee became the Store Manager. As the 3rd store was added in 2018 Emilee was the logical choice to manage that store as well. Emilee’s work ethic, attention to detail, and emphasis toward customer service has proven to be an intricate part of our company!
Roy Cavaness has been a friend of Chucks since 1998. Chuck and Roy were the RA Leaders for a group of young boys at the local baptist church for many years. Roy was a self-employed general contractor for over 30 years building luxury homes in and around the San Angelo area. In 2011 Roy retired from building homes and joined the team at Santa Fe Furniture. With Roys extensive knowledge of lumber and building techniques he quickly became a valuable member. Roy is responsible for picking up and inspecting all custom orders. He is an avid fisherman and bowler. Get him to talk about fishing and you will have a friend forever.
Amy Sonnenberg is Chucks wife of twenty-four years. She has been by his side helping in any way needed. Amy mostly stayed home with the four kids because being a mom and wife was her main goal in life. Amy did a fantastic job in that area! Amy knows the products, delivery times and vendors. She is the back up whenever or wherever needed. Amy has an eye for fashion and was an important go-to for advice when Santa Fe started selling clothing, shoes, and jewelry in late 2015. Amy now has three grand daughters that are taking up majority of her time.
Carey Frey is our only part time employee, she has been with us since 2006 but went part time in 2010. Carey works Saturdays and Sunday afternoon in the San Angelo location. Carey is a long time friend of Chuck and Amys. Carey has a wonderful personality and knows everyone in town. She is very knowledgeable and works well with our clients.
Rudy Hernandez joined Santa Fe Furniture in 2019. Rudy is always busy helping Kord with deliveries, painting and staining furniture. Rudy was a great find and will be an important asset to the company. Rudy helps with unloading trucks, inspecting deliveries, and painting/staining/fixing furniture.