Additional Team Members

Additional Team Members

Every conversation with your advisor is informed by the exceptional work of our team behind the scenes.

 

Most of your interactions here will be directly with your advisor, but it’s important to understand the level of support the rest of our team provides “backstage.”

 

There is just a ton of detail to be dealt with in achieving the thorough and thoughtful service we strive for. Most of this work directly affects the conversations, choices, and decisions that you and your advisor make together. Research, document and draft preparation, attending to the layers of regulations, and myriad other paperwork required when dealing with financial and insurance companies. All of this and more is deftly handled and carefully orchestrated by our dedicated team, out of view, so that you and your advisor can focus, undistracted, on your situation, your goals, and your options.

 

Again, the Goldilocks rule applies. At the small firms, your advisor may have one person handling all administrative functions, or that advisor may handle some of these matters personally, which can cut into the time he or she devotes to the big picture. While, at the very large firms, there is a small army of support staff, but the sheer number of clients makes it almost impossible to deal with each client on a personal level. Your name functions more like a ID number, and your life is experienced and understood as a faceless spreadsheet.

 

We take the notion of team seriously. Although you may deal primarily with your financial advisor, it’s important to know that, supporting our advisors, every member of our team has a set of complementary responsibilities, which, together, ensure that you always receive the attention you expect from a top-tier planning firm.

 

For every client, we’re all about sustaining an ongoing conversation so that you know what’s going on with your portfolio and we know what’s going on in your life at all times. This is how we keep both aligned and in balance. And every member of our team has a critical role to play in keeping the conversation ongoing, meaningful, and productive.

Frank Kautzky, 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. As a registered principal of Commonwealth Financial Network®, clients and the firm both benefit from Frank’s 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.

Shirley Santucci

Office Manager

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 around 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, enjoy bike riding, rollerblading, and vacations that involve hiking in the mountains.

Kim van Eijk

Associate

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.

George Kinsella, CRPS®

Associate

George joined Chicago Oakbrook Financial Group in August 2013, after graduating from the University of Colorado at Boulder with a BS in economics in May 2013. He interned at the Chicago Board Options Exchange (CBOE). George holds the Certified Paraplanner™ designation from The American College and currently assists the firm’s senior advisors on various aspects of their practices. George is a Chartered Retirement Plans SpecialistSM designee.

Born in Chicago, you won’t find George in Wrigleyville on game days—he’s a big Chicago White Sox fan. Outside of work, George enjoys golf, baseball (He pitched for Colorado’s club team for four years.), fishing, and the Chicago Blackhawks.

Grace van Eijk

Marketing Associate

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.

Sophia Ryu

Associate

Sophia joined the Chicago Oakbrook Financial Group in 2016.  After studying advertising and public relations at Pennsylvania State University, she worked for CJ America in their strategic planning and accounting departments.  She was part of the Cheiljedang bio sales team assisting with the U.S. markets feed and food sales production.  While working in sales production, she discovered her interests in pursuing a career in finance.  She was instantly allured into the field of financial planning where she saw a rewarding career in serving others.

Sophia works closely with financial advisor, Jae Ha.  Being both fluent in English and Korean, she is able to assist with many client related matters including research, preparation of reports and documents, and general client needs.

Sophia likes to visit new restaurants, enjoys wine tasting and listening to jazz music.  As a passionate art and music enthusiast, you can usually find her painting and attending music events on the weekends.