Our Team

Our Team

Meet our team. We are a group dedicated to our craft and passionate about having our clients meet their goals. Match that with an unrivaled work ethic, and you won't find a better partner for your financial future.

Gregory Kojak, AIF®

Partner & Shareholder, (773) 572-6455

Greg's role at Lincoln Park Financial Group, LLC (LPFG), is to serve as 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 LPFG staff. Greg's attention has been increasingly dedicated toward sophisticated tax strategy as a result of recent tax law changes. He has helped his high-net-worth clients position themselves to avoid being deluged by the wave of future tax increases. His work includes giving presentations to tax professionals, writing published articles on charitable trusts, and designing complex IRS qualified and nonqualified plans. Greg was recently interviewed by New York-based The Suit Magazine. The edition was a highlight of the financial industry, specifically of industry leaders. Read the full article here.

Greg joined LPFG in June 2004. He has worked in the financial services industry for 14 years. Prior to joining LPFG, Greg was affiliated with a financial planning firm in the suburbs of Chicago. 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 coursework for the CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ program. In addition, Greg treats his trust-based client relationships very seriously. To demonstrate that, Greg has been awarded the Accredited Investment Fiduciary® designation. This designation is given to professionals who strive to meet and exceed Global Fiduciary Standards.

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.

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 addition, Greg has used his fluency in Polish to participate in Polish business events in Chicago.

In 2010, Greg was asked to join the Children’s Memorial Hospital Corporate Board. 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 that the hospital has on its young patients. He is anxious to give back and honored to help in any way possible.

In addition to Children's Memorial Hospital, Greg serves on the Board of Directors of the Polish American Association (PAA). He is currently appointed as the treasurer and oversees the organization's $5.5 million dollar budget as well as the overall ongoing financials. The PAA is the largest and oldest social services organization in Chicago that serves the Polish community. The PAA serves approximately 4,000 people per month and helps them with education, immigration, and social services issues. 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.

Greg and his wife, Karen, currently reside in the western suburbs of Chicago. Karen and Greg are proud parents of "cutie" daughter Claire, born in March 2011 and one-year-old smiley son Benjamin, born in July 2012. Greg says that weekends are the best part of the week as there is no shortage of activity around his house!

Jeffrey Hejza, CFP®

Partner & Shareholder, (773) 572-6462

Jeff is a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ professional and was honored to be featured in Chicago magazine in 2011 through 2015 as a Five Star Wealth Manager*. Jeff is a Certified Trustee and holds the FINRA Series 7 and 66 securities registrations as a registered representative of Commonwealth Financial Network®; Illinois life, health, property, and casualty insurance licenses; and Illinois and national mortgage broker licenses. He also is a licensed real estate agent. Jeff has served as a mortgage consultant for more than 15 years and is currently affiliated with Mortgage Services III, LLC, as a mortgage banker. He will continue to bring his financing expertise to the LPFG team.

Jeff completed the CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ certification program through Northwestern University in 2007 and currently holds the CFP® certification. As an undergraduate, he attended DePaul University where he earned a BS in finance with a minor in accounting. He has been retained as an expert witness and is available to assist as an expert witness for financial and investment-related litigation. Prior to his current positions, Jeff spent nearly seven years as a law clerk and research associate with Martin Brown & Sullivan, Ltd., a law firm in the Chicago Loop that specializes in white-collar criminal defense.

Jeff's service to the community has included serving as an ambassador for the Lincoln Park Chamber of Commerce, joining his fellow members at the Union League Club to provide service and funding to the Boys & Girls Club of Chicago. Jeff is a board member and trustee of the Park Ridge Police Pension Fund. In addition, Jeff is very active with the Chicago Fellowship, a group that focuses on accountability and stewardship. He is also extremely proud to support the Navy Seal Foundation and the Special Operations Warrior Foundation and is always happy to help the members and veterans of our Armed Forces.

Jeff and his wife, Lindsey, reside in Park Ridge. Although a part of them misses living in Lincoln Park, they still enjoy coming to their favorite restaurants in Chicago and are taking advantage of all that the city has to offer. Jeff's other interests include martial arts, golfing, skiing, and mountain biking. He has an affection for things made of fiberglass and enjoys boating, aerobatic flying, and Corvette road-racing events.

 

*Based on 10 objective eligibility and evaluation criteria, including a minimum of 5 years as an active credentialed financial professional, favorable regulatory and complaint history, accepts new clients, client retention rates, client assets administered, education, and professional designations. 833 Chicago wealth managers were considered for the award; 716 (13 percent of candidates) were named 2015 Five Star Wealth Managers.  (The criteria provided reflects the most recent year for which advisor received the award. The criteria used, the number of wealth managers considered for the award, and the percentage of those who receive the award, may vary from year to year.) These awards are not indicative of the wealth managers' future performance. Your experiences may vary. For more information, please visit www.fivestarprofessional.com.

Christopher Kojak

Director of Operations, (773) 572-1577

Chris' role at LPFG is to serve as the head of all operations. The firm’s expansion has resulted in multiple office locations, numerous client events, and the need for thorough logistics coordination. Chris fits perfectly into this role based on his experience as a leader and pilot in the United States Air Force. During his service, Chris managed some of the Air Force’s most difficult, dangerous, and important missions spanning all seven continents. He flew several different aircraft during his 13-year 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.

One of Chris’ top achievements occurred while stationed at McChord Air Force Base. He led a team charged with evaluating and improving the procedures that ensure the safe air transport of nuclear materials. Their efforts earned a top command award, and the team was recognized throughout the Air Force ranks.

Chris graduated from the 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.

Chris is 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. 

Michelle Larucci

Client Services Specialist, (773) 572-6696

Michelle joined LPFG in October 2016. Her role in the Park Ridge office is to provide support to Jeff and his clients. Michelle has more than eight years experience with a law office in her role as the assistant to the president.

Michelle resides in Chicago with her husband, Joe, and their two daughters, Gia and Natalie. She loves to read and enjoys yoga and spending time with friends.

Robin Kubiak

Mortgage Operations

Robin began working with Jeff in 2009 and has been helping clients work through the mortgage process since then, in addition to an expanded role in internal compliance. She maintains a strict timeline in each transaction to ensure that a real estate closing is never delayed due to the financing component. Robin helps clients through the mortgage process in an effective manner, keeping client satisfaction as the primary goal.

Prior to joining Jeff in 2009, Robin was a wholesale account executive with Chase Home Equity. She has extensive experience in the financial services industry. Robin was a loan officer with National City and was also securities and insurance licensed through her past work at other banks. 

Robin resides in Chicago with her husband, Rich, and daughter, Rachel.