Our Team

Our Team

Meet our team! We are dedicated to our craft and our passion is helping you along your journey. We exist to help you reach your goals and dreams. That is a responsibility that we never take lightly or for granted.  

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Gregory Kojak, AIF®

Founder, (773) 572-6455

On a cold February day in Champaign, Illinois, while working on the infamous CHEM 205 Cobalt Lab, Greg realized that he was not made to study chemistry for the rest of his life. That analytical skillset led him into economics and finance and he has never looked back; however, he did not abandon it completely. His wife, Karen, was also an undergraduate chemistry major (and finished her chemistry degree!), so some say that they have good chemistry.

Greg's role at Kojak Capital is to serve as a decision-maker for his clients with respect to their ongoing investment management, tax strategy, estate planning, and risk management. These decisions are then implemented and reviewed by Greg and other Kojak Capital staff. Greg's attention has been increasingly dedicated to sophisticated tax strategies as a result of recent tax law changes. He has helped his clients position themselves to avoid being deluged by the wave of future tax increases. His work includes giving presentations to tax professionals, publishing articles on charitable trusts, designing complex IRS qualified and nonqualified plans, and incorporating captive insurance companies for his business-owner clients.

Prior to founding Kojak Capital, Greg joined his previous firm, Lincoln Park Financial Group, LLC, in June 2004 and played a pivotal role in building a firm that strives to exceed each client’s expectations. What started as a small Chicago-based firm grew into a sophisticated and mature practice that expanded into 19 states, which is now Kojak Capital. He has worked in the financial services industry for 17 years. Greg has published numerous financial articles covering a broad spectrum of topics. Always eager to improve his knowledge and skills, Greg recently completed all the course work for the CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ certification.

He currently holds FINRA Series 7, 66 and 63 securities registrations and is also licensed for life and health insurance in the state of Illinois. Greg attended the University of Illinois in Champaign and earned his BA in political science and economics.

Greg specializes in working with his clients in the areas of investment management, tax strategy, estate planning, and risk management. He is an associate member of the DuPage County Bar Association and attends the tax and estate planning committee meetings.

In 2010, Greg was asked to join the Children's Memorial Hospital Corporate Board, where he served until 2015. The Children's Memorial Hospital has been recognized as one of the most advanced treatment centers for childhood illnesses in the world. Greg has personally witnessed the positive impact the hospital has on its young patients. He is anxious to give back and honored to help in any way possible.

Greg serves as a member of the Board of Directors of the Polish American Association. He is currently the chairman and oversees the organization's $2.5 million budget and 26 programs involving immigration, English as a second language, domestic violence, and substance abuse. It is the largest and oldest social services organization in Chicago that serves the Polish community. The PAA serves approximately 4,000 people per month. Greg met the leaders of this organization and was inspired to contribute. Their constant dedication and passion to help made a lasting impression on Greg and he hopes to assist the PAA continue to grow. His involvement in the Polish American community resulted in an invitation to attend a non-press leadership conference at the White House in May 2016. A select group of leaders were invited to discuss immigration, NATO, and the Visa Waiver Program candidly with White House officials.

Greg and Karen are the proud parents of seven-year-old "cutie" Claire born just after St. Patrick’s Day in 2011, six-year-old “smiley” son Ben born on a blazing hot day in July 2012, and their third child Caroline born in a snowy blizzard in March 2015. Claire is enjoying her karate practices and Ben is scoring goals in his soccer and lacrosse games. Greg says that weekends are the best part of the week as there is no shortage of activity around his house! Their newest furry family addition named Bruno came in September 2019. Bruno is a cuddly 8-week-old black Labrador and is expected to grow to 90 pounds!

Kojak Capital does not provide legal or tax advice. You should consult a legal or tax professional regarding your individual situation.

Christopher Kojak

Director of Operations, (773) 572-1577

Chris' role at Kojak Capital is to serve as the head of operations. He fits perfectly into this role based on his experience as a leader in the U.S. Air Force. During his service, Chris managed some of the Air Force’s most difficult, dangerous, and important missions spanning all seven continents. He has flown several different aircraft during his career; however, his favorite was the C-17, primarily used for troop and supply movement. Whether transporting the nation’s top officials, delivering critical humanitarian relief, or routinely flying into combat zones around the globe, Chris has consistently exceeded expectations.

Chris graduated from the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, one of the nation’s top overall schools. His bachelor’s degree in political science is backed up by his master’s degree in international relations and conflict resolution. During his transition to the private sector, Chris completed his FINRA Series 7 and 66 securities registrations to prepare him for a career in the financial industry.

When not helping with operations at Kojak Capital, Chris balances his time between flying as a first officer for Southwest Airlines and a C-17A instructor pilot in the U.S. Air Force Reserves. You could say Chris’ devotion to serve others is only rivaled by his love of flying!

Chris is also passionate about giving back to his community. He enjoys working with the kids' ministry at his church as well as helping coach youth sports. You can find Chris enjoying the many great cultural and outdoor activities Chicago has to offer with his wife, Ali, and three kids: Emilja, Everett, and Ellis.