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Matt Krajniak graduated from Benedictine University 2004 with a B.B.A. in Finance and a minor in Economics. Matt worked for a local financial planning firm as Analyst until 2006 where he developed a passion for Financial Planning. Matt then joined Waddell and Reed in 2006 where he became Series 66 and Series 7 licensed. While building his practice Matt completed the required courses for his CFP® and passed the necessary exams and became a Certified Financial Planner™. A believer that education and knowledge provide value, Matt also became a Chartered Mutual Fund Counselor (CMFC). Matt steadily grew his practice for 10 years until he made the decision to leave a captive agency and become an Independent Financial Planner through Focus Financial and Royal Alliance.
Matt has dealt with these situations first hand with his family when there was no Financial Planning, no Retirement Accounts, no Savings, and no Plan for the what if moments. Because of his experiences, he understands the importance of getting your house in order to prepare for the what if moments. What if moments can be job loss, retirement, health issues, incapacitation, death, bankruptcy, long term care, and other planning issues.
When not in the office, Matt spends his time with his wife, Reese, or tinkering with classic British sports cars. Matt is currently the President of the Illinois Sports Owners Association (local Triumph Car Club) and is also a member of the Austin Healey Club of America. He currently owns a 1967 Triumph GT6 and is restoring a 1973 Triumph GT6 and a 1960 Austin Healey 3000. Matt also enjoys training his Border Collie, Healey, in Agility. He hopes to compete with Healey soon in local Dog Agility competitions.
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Reese Krajniak graduated Marquette University with a B.A. in Sociology. Reese then went on to Law School and graduated from FCSL December of 2009 with Honors where she was involved in the Pro Bono Clinic donating over 200 legal hours to the underserved community in the areas of Immigration and Public Benefits including Social Security Benefits. While taking on a more than full time course load and completing her clinic hours, Reese graduated early in her class being one of the only students completing her studies in a little over 2 years. Reese then went on to passing the bar exam in 2010 and became a licensed practicing attorney. She opened her own practice in 2010 in downtown Chicago and because of her entrepreneurial spirit she had a thriving legal practice for several years. After being married to Matt for several years, they realized their professional expertise were very complimentary together and decided to join forces where they work together at The Krajniak Group.
Reese Krajniak provides operational and marketing support to The Krajniak Group at Focus Financial to help the practice maintain its commitment to delivering client service with integrity and professionalism. As well as practice manager, Reese is still practicing as a licensed attorney through Krajniak Law Group providing legal services such as Estate Planning, Tax Appeals, and Tax Preparation.
Reese has a very active personal lifestyle and enjoys: rollerskating, yoga, hiking, camping, offroad riding and motorcycle/off-road/automotive racing. Reese has a passion for British Cars, especially classic Minis. She is a member of the Chicago Mini Motoring Club and is active as well in the Illinois Sports Owners Association. She currently owns a 1974 Classic Mini and a 1964 Triumph Spitfire.