I am very fortunate to have a great staff. Each one of them contributes so much to the way our plans evolve. We all plug into each others’ creativity and energy sources from time to time. We enjoy what we do, and that makes for a wonderful work atmosphere. Each one of the staff contributes to my daily dose of laughter! They give me the energy I need to continue to be creative. I am blessed.
As we push our company to different levels, I look forward to seeing our staff become leaders in the world of design. They are very passionate and meticulous about their work and often end up becoming friends with our clients.
Jonathan Knapp – Jonathan has been with our firm since 2005. I didn’t fully realize who I was getting when Jonathan was hired. Not only is he extremely good at computer-aided drafting, he is also an incredible artist. He definitely has the knowledge of Old World elegance and character. He surprises me all the time with little vignettes and sketches. Jonathan and I communicate often with sketches. We then transfer these sketches to buildable construction drawings. Jonathan works tirelessley on the back end of the projects helping think through the building process of the assemblies. Jonathan has a three dimensional mind that works well with the character elements we try to incorporate into our homes. I am very proud of his recent achievement in becoming LEED certified for our company. No favoritism here, but he is also a great guitarist.
Jonathan hails from the outskirts of Kansas City, MO and moved to Springfield after graduating high school in 1998. He began his educational journey at Missouri State University with interest in art/illustration. In 2005 he changed his focus to architecture and received an Associate of Arts degree from Ozarks Technical Community College in Drafting and Design Technology. Prior to graduating OTC, Jonathan joined our team part time. With degree in hand, he began his full-time career with Euro World Design.
With strong interest in Green Design and practices, Jonathan recently tested and became an LEED (Leadership in Energy & Efficient Design) accredited professional. He has been investigating ways of incorporating these techniques into our Euro World homes. His broad range of talents and knowledge within architecture and related fields make him a versatile and integral part of the company.
Marilyn Hill – The boss, my wife Marilyn, is my greatest inspiration. She is a driving force helping us make it to where we are now. She believes in my work and enjoys traveling with me as we research and seek out new ideas. She has an uncanny knack for finding, possibly, THE best shopping areas along the way. Our relationship began in 1984 when St. John’s Hospital of Springfield, MO launched its first Emergency Helicopter Service. Marilyn became a flight nurse and I started as a flight paramedic, both for Hammons Life Line at St. John’s. We worked as a team transporting patients in need of critical care, much like we work together as a team with our current business now.
Marilyn was born in Topeka, KS but lived the majority of her life in the Springfield, MO area. Much of her time has been dedicated to nursing, and she has worn many hats the past 25 years. She is currently the Director of St. John’s Corporate Health & Wellness providing health screenings and programs to companies all over the southwest Missouri region. The goal is to help employees proactively become more healthy; therefore, reducing the cost of healthcare insurance.
Marilyn is the only person I know who uses my full name, “Ron Hill,” when speaking to me. Of course, this is not all the time and is only when she is trying to get my attention or give me direction. We have had a lot of fun over the years and have raised two great boys, Matt and Josh. Marilyn fills in the gaps, as needed, at Euro World Design and is my ideal observer.