Frank Kautzky, CIMA®, ChFC®, AIF®
Chief Operating Officer
Frank was promoted to chief operating officer for Chicago Oakbrook Financial Group in July 2013 after having served as director of operations since rejoining the firm in January 2008. Frank is a registered principal of Commonwealth Financial Network®, and clients and the firm both benefit from his expertise in compliance supervision and his previous business ownership experience. In addition to operating duties, Frank is also responsible for investment research and selection and personnel oversight.
A former small business executive, Frank owned and operated a franchise business in the Fox Valley area and also served as an executive vice president of a holding company that owned and operated six different subsidiaries. Frank began his career in finance with Chicago Oakbrook Financial Group as a financial advisor in 1999.
Frank received his BS in finance from Butler University in Indianapolis, Indiana. Frank is a Chartered Financial Consultant® (ChFC®) and an Accredited Investment Fiduciary® (AIF®) designee. Frank resides in western Aurora with his wife and three boys. In his free time, Frank enjoys coaching Little League baseball, playing golf, skeet shooting, and watching the Green Bay Packers beat the Chicago Bears.
As office manager and executive assistant for Dave Navarro, Shirley has played a key role in the growth of the firm since she joined Chicago Oakbrook Financial Group in 2000. With her extensive experience in office relocation and expansion abilities, Shirley helped give Chicago Oakbrook Financial Group’s office a new look in 2011.
In her role as office manager, Shirley is responsible for licensing, HR, and bookkeeping for the firm. She also plans firm events, manages Dave’s calendar, and interacts with clients on a regular basis. She especially enjoys assisting clients with service requests and helping them handle the intricacies of insurance. Shirley has been in the financial services industry for more than 15 years and has an Illinois insurance license.
Being a true Norwegian with Minnesota roots, Shirley spends most of her free time participating in outdoor activities. She and her family are enthusiastic Chicago Blackhawks fans and enjoy bike riding, rollerblading, and vacations that involve hiking in the mountains.
Registered Paraplanner, FPQP and Management Consultant
Kristin originally joined Beacon Financial Planning Services, LLC in February 2004. In October 2014, Chicago Oakbrook Financial Group acquired Beacon's book of business. Her rapport with the clients and her previous business experience in banking, accounting, and advanced computer technology have allowed her to handle many facets of her role as a paraplanner and management consultant. Her meticulous eye for detail and her dedication to keeping our day-to-day operations running efficiently supports our ability to focus on providing clients with the highest quality of customer service.
Kristin's artistic abilities have also been used to create firm advertisements, website, brochures, and to coordinate our special client events.
In April 2008, Kristin successfully completed her studies and national examination with the College of Financial Planning in Denver, Colorado, to become a Financial Paraplanner Qualified ProfessionalTM.
Kristin's hobbies and interests include genealogy, creating home decor, sculptures, greeting cards with paper, and handweaving towels and scarves on an 8-shaft floor loom.
Kim van Eijk
If you have called or visited Chicago Oakbrook Financial Group’s office, you have probably spoken to or met Kim. Since joining the firm in 2011, Kim has become the first and last line of defense. From greeting visitors and fielding phone calls to processing paperwork and keeping the office organized, she handles a multitude of responsibilities.
As a client of the firm before becoming a member of the team, Kim provides a unique perspective that helps continually improve the client experience. With a marketing degree from Indiana University, she has lived and worked in both New York and the Netherlands before settling back home in Chicago. Kim is also the former owner of Arte Moderne, an antique store in downtown Glen Ellyn.
Kim is the mother of four children and currently resides in Glen Ellyn with her husband, Willem. When not manning Chicago Oakbrook Financial Group’s concierge desk, Kim spends her free time reading, knitting, and gardening.
Ashley Luman, FPQP™
Registered Paraplanner and Licensed Insurance Agent
Ashley joined the Beacon Financial Planning Services, LLC, staff in June 2013. She originally was hired temporarily as our scanning technician when Beacon Financial decided to go paperless. With her diligent work ethic, Ashley completed this project way ahead of schedule, leaving a lasting impression with our staff.
In January 2014, Ashley returned to Beacon Financial as a full-time administrative assistant. With her previous business experience in banking and retail customer service, Ashley now assists clients by answering general administrative questions, preparing detailed client paperwork, and completing daily office tasks. You may recognize her as the friendly voice that answers the phone.
In 2014, the Beacon Financial Planning firm was purchased by Chicago Oakbrook Financial Group; however, it still operates as Beacon Financial Planning Services, LLC, in the same Plainfield, Illinois, location. From there, Ashley actively provides assistance to both Beacon and Chicago Oakbrook Financial Group clients.
In April 2015, Ashley successfully completed her studies with The American College to become a Financial Paraplanner Qualified Professional™. In February 2017, she completed her studies to become an Illinois licensed insurance agent.
Ashley loves designing and baking personalized cakes, various arts and crafts, and shopping. She is an avid fan of the Chicago White Sox and the Chicago Blackhawks.
Grace van Eijk
Grace began her career at Chicago Oakbrook Financial Group in December 2014. Although she majored in elementary education at the University of Illinois at Chicago, she has found a new niche assisting Chicago Oakbrook Financial Group’s marketing leader, Carlo Airdo, with a variety of different marketing tasks.
Around the office, you will find Grace keeping busy managing social media pages, implementing daily marketing items, and, most recently, assisting with administrative tasks on Chicago Oakbrook Financial Group’s 401(k) team.
Grace currently resides in Chicago. In her free time, she enjoys stand-up paddleboarding, hiking, and taking road trips with friends. Her favorite places to travel are New Orleans, Louisiana, and Maui, Hawaii.
Hanna An joined Chicago Oakbrook Financial Group in October 2017. She works closely with advisor Jae Ha, playing an important role in serving Jae's clients. Before joining our firm, Hanna worked as a certified public accountant at an accounting firm, where she prepared corporate tax returns, bank reconciliations, general financial statements, and processed payroll.
Fluent in Korean and originally from South Korea, Hanna came to the U.S. when she was 20 years old. Hanna is an adventurer, having spent time living on both sides of the country—first in Seattle, Washington, then in Ithaca, New York, before settling in the Midwest. She earned a BA in hospitality business from Michigan State University.
Hanna currently resides in Aurora with her husband, Maroo, and her son, David.
Grace Ahn rejoined Chicago Oakbrook Financial Group in March 2018 after taking some time off to be with her family. Grace’s enthusiastic disposition and helpful attitude play an important role in assisting advisor Jae Ha and his clients, with whom she worked from 2014 to 2016.
Originally from South Korea and fluent in Korean, Grace came to the U.S. with her husband and two small children in 2010. Grace has a strong language and educational background, having worked for Sahmyook University in Korea and Wolf’s Language Academy.
Grace holds a bachelor of arts degree in music education. Grace enjoys playing the piano in her free time.
Lisa rejoined Chicago Oakbrook Financial Group in February 2018, having been with the firm from June 2002 through February 2012. Lisa has more than 15 years of financial industry experience in delivering outstanding client service and ensuring smooth and accurate operations. She plays an important role in providing support services for advisor John Ferrante’s clients.
In her free time, Lisa enjoys tennis, bicycle-riding, and spending time with family and friends. A mother of three grown sons, Lisa and her husband of more than 30 years reside in Elk Grove Village, Illinois.
Alexis joined Chicago Oakbrook Financial Group in November 2019 as an associate for advisor Dave Navarro. Alexis has proven to be a quick study especially since the COVID-19 pandemic occurred during her essential training period. Her current responsibilities include servicing clients with day-to-day needs, gathering documentation, and paperwork along with answering general client calls.
Alexis, her husband, and three children relocated from San Fransico, California, prior to working with us. She has a bachelor's degree in human biology but prefers to work with people as opposed to a lab. She enjoys attending her kids' events, reading, cooking, and baking.