Meet the Sonnenberg Team

Kirk Sonnenberg

Kirk is the Founder and CEO of Sonnenbergs Inc. He got his start at an early age mowing lawns when not at school or football practice. Kirk graduated from Southeastern Missouri State University and soon after, in 1983, started Sonnenberg Asphalt sealing driveways out of his pick-up truck. With a big dream and determination….he saved enough money years later to purchase used asphalt equipment and taking on asphalt projects. He eventually added the landscape material supply division and as business grew, added the landscape design- build department out of demand for quality landscape and hardscape installations.

His tireless work ethic continues today as you will find him laying asphalt, loading materials and helping customers. Family is everything to Kirk and, when not running Sonnenbergs, you will find him spending time with Kelly, his beautiful wife of over 30 years, and their 3 sons: Chris, Casey and Carson….all 3 working in the business full time. Kirk has recently embraced the role of Grandpa and has fallen in love with his four grandchildren, Avery, Mason, Kennedy and Tessa.


Chris Sonnenberg

As store manager since 2010, Chris has been working in the family business for as long as he can remember. He started sealing driveways and now heads the landscape material division. He received his B.B.A. from Eastern Illinois University. He enjoys working outside but, the ultimate payoff is helping people create their dream landscapes.

Outside of work, Chris enjoys his time with his wife Kristan and children Avery, Mason and Tessa. You will also find him on the golf course, watching sports and hanging out with his friends. As a sports enthusiast, he is an avid St. Louis Cardinals and Kansas Jayhawk fan.

Kelda Abe

As a Landscape Designer with more than 20 years of experience in both residential and commercial landscape design and construction, Kelda offers her clients individualized attention and designs unique and personal to each project.

Her education and professional training in Horticulture-Landscape Design from SLCC, St. Louis University and Missouri Botanical Garden, along with her travels throughout the world, have inspired her to develop a unique approach to landscape design. Her philosophy combines the principles of design with her love of natural elements and plants.

When she is not daydreaming about outdoor spaces or spending time with her family… you will find her in her natural habitat outdoors staying active with running, mountain biking, herb gardening, Latin dancing or martial arts.

Mark Beabout

As Project Manager of Sonnenbergs Design-Build division, Mark joined the Sonnenberg team in 2007. He worked his way up from Crew Member to Job Foreman and eventually leads the department along with the Landscape Designer.

He attended St. Louis University and possesses over 13 years of field experience. He is an NCMA and ICPI certified installed and takes great care with every project. He has a discerning eye for every detail. He enjoys working with his clients from the initial phone call to the completion of their envisioned dream landscape.

In his free time, Mark enjoys spending time with his wife Sam and their dogs, Raja and Angus. He likes being challenged on the job creating innovative hardscapes. He is an avid golfer, loves the outdoors, and is a huge fan of the Blues and Cardinals.