Emma Koeppel worked for several years in the hospitality business before becoming manager of the famed Cypress Room at The Lodge at Pebble Beach. After marrying Gary she became the managing director of Coast Gallery Big Sur and the assistant director of twelve Maui Marine Art Expos, eight international Henry Miller exhibitions and four Marc Chagall print exhibitions.
Emma has been the managing director for Coast Gallery Pebble Beach since it inception in 1985. She is the mother of three children, eight grand children and one great grandchild.
Gary Koeppel owns and operates Coast Galleries, Coast Publishing and Global Art Expos with locations in Big Sur, Carmel, Pebble and Maui. He has produced twenty-five Global Art Expos in California, Hawaii, New York, Paris, Berlin and Tokyo.
Koeppel has a Bachelor of Science from Oregon State University, a Bachelor of Arts from Portland State University and a Master of Fine Arts from the University of Iowa. He has written one novel, two plays, three movie treatments and numerous short stories. His has authored books on Henry Miller, Van Megert, Jim Hunolt and wax sculpture.
During the 1970's Koeppel founded the Big Sur Chamber of Commerce, Big Sur Citizens Advisory Committee, the Big Sur Volunteer Fire Brigade and the Big Sur Gazette Newspaper.
In 1990 Koeppel commissioned artist Robert Signorella to create the Enduring Freedom sculpture, a tribute to the men and women of the United States Armed Services. In 2006 General Peter Pace officially accepted the Tribute for permanent display in the lobby of the Pentagon. Koeppel subsequently founded the Enduring Freedom Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to perpetuate the procurement of patriotic art for placement in public areas.
He has been listed over the past fourteen years in Marquis' Who's Who in California, Who's Who in the West, Who's Who in America, Who's Who in the World, Men of Achievement, Men and Women of Distinction, Dictionary of International Biography and other biographical publications.