Les began his financial services career in the insurance business in 1975. Following a successful period in the insurance industry, he founded Koonce Financial Services Corporation in 1982. Today, Les and his experienced staff provide investment, retirement, and insurance, planning services to over 800 individual and corporate clients.
In 1992, Les was appointed General Agent of Penn Mutual Life Insurance Company of Northern California and managed over 70 associates in three Bay Area offices.
Since moving to the Bay Area, Les has served in several professional and community organizations. His involvement has included the Big Brothers/Big Sisters of the Bay Area, Mid-Peninsula Boys and Girls Club, El Camino Hospital Planned Giving Council, and the California Association of Life Underwriters (CALU). In 1993, the Peninsula Association of Life Underwriters honored him as the “Insurance Professional of the Year.” Les sits on the Board of Directors for Palo Alto University, the Jean Weingarten Peninsula Oral School for the Deaf, and the San Mateo Historical Association; and is a past president and current member of both the Menlo Park Kiwanis Club and the Menlo Park Chamber of Commerce.
Les and his wife, Suzanne Solon Koonce, reside in Menlo Park and attend Menlo Park Presbyterian Church. To relax, Les enjoys most sports—especially golf, running, and chasing his two granddaughters, Julie and Brooke, around.
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