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Our Story – About Kooler Garage Doors

But this story begins 5 years earlier…


‘The Kooler’ was an exceptionally mediocre hockey player within the Gentlemen’s Beer League in 2010, 2011, and 2012.  And we mean ‘exceptionally’ mediocre.  The name was derived at the time of jersey purchasing and the honor of ‘The Kooler’ is due to Chad Zummach – aka The Commish.  When Matt saw the opportunity of starting a painting company – his search for company names did not go much farther than his back and Kooler was born.

Kooler came out of transition for Matt. From his non-profit, drug prevention experiences, he saw Kooler’s opportunity when painting a spec home for Andy Sovick. During this time he heard his old landlord of the ‘Ski Fence’ House was really frustrated not having a contractor call her back as she was desperately looking to have her home painted.  Matt thought to himself – “I can call her back.”

One proposal later – he had his first exterior painting project online for May of 2015. This project was full of lead-based paints and asbestos shingles. He took himself to the EPA Certified Lead-Based Paint class to certify himself and his firm and with the down payment from this job bought a sprayer and filed his LLC documents with the Secretary of State.  How Kool is that?

Matt’s background is in education and non-profit work before he started Kooler. His background in trades goes deep into his highschool and prior years with stints of professional trades work with Gunnison Garage Doors in the mid 2000’s and various construction crews through his college years.

Matt grew up in Michigan and has now lived in the Gunnison Valley longer than anywhere else during his lifetime — It’s been his home since 1997 and he focuses his company to care for the Valley he loves dearly. Kooler supports Western Athletics, Mentoring, High School Booster Clubs, special events, the Avalanche Center, non-profit pre-schools and more every year.

Our professional team is here to help you with any questions or concerns.

Garage Doors are complicated. We strive to simplify the process so you have less stress and worries.

Matt Kuehlhorn – Owner

Local Garage Door Company
Matt loves adventures – rivers, mountains, canyons, snow, business. Kooler found him and it’s offered an adventure of a lifetime. He thrives on client feedback and the culture being built with the team.

Pascual – Certified Tech

Pascual Garage Door Technician
Pascual Ramos is certified by the International Door Association and has multiple years of garage door installation and services under his belt. Starting as a painter in 2018, Pascual gravitated to Garage Doors and excels with his mechanical aptitude and personable nature. Pascual love’s catching shows on the weekends and hanging out with his girlfriend.

Owen – Technician

Owen enjoys traveling and any excuse to get outside including mountain biking, paddle boarding, and snowboarding. He is also into woodworking, blacksmithing, and has recently gotten into leatherworking. He moved to the gunnison valley a year ago with his wife and two dogs, and has no plans of ever leaving.

Jeff M – Craftsman

Jeff With Kooler Garage Doors
Jeff Mihalek is the epitome of an artist. His craftsmanship is par to none and he runs Kooler’s woodshop and customizes Kooler’s garage doors. He’s consistent and methodical and each item he touches benefits. Jeff is working on a ‘schoolie’ which we’re all excited to see. It’s been an almost all consuming venture for him and we are sure it’s above and beyond!

Jordan – Sales/Billing

Jordan Garage Door Sales
Jordan joined us this past summer and helps us communicate quickly while handling our phones, some sales, and billing. She is personable and a true joy to have around the office. If you call here, you’ll likely talk with Jordan. Jordan loves adventuring with her husband and pups and is involved with our community on many levels.

Josh – Sales

Josh is our Sales Manager who came to Kooler in the middle of 2023.  Josh has a passion for solving problems and driving change in the industry.  You’ll likely see him come to help you decide the best options for your home.  He is a Colorado native born in Denver and bounced around Colorado, Wyoming and Utah while working in the Energy industry.  He has a passion for raising his kids in the outdoors Mtn. Biking, camping, fishing and exploring.

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Now Hiring Team Members

Are you seeking a motivating job that will help you develop personally and professionally? Do you like working on a team of fun people?

 We work hard and play hard at Kooler Homes.

We strive for excellence in everything we do and are looking for qualified people to join our painter/finisher team. We are seeking someone who can lead a team and join our paint crew for our busy summer months (may extend into the fall). Make a good wage on a high performing team!

Send a note with your info and attach a resume or email Matt: