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Brian Kot

CPA, MPA | CK Principal

As a CK’s newest Principal, Brian Kot oversees both the staff and project flow at Cray Kaiser. He ensures that the firm’s junior professionals have the information, guidance and resources that they need to meet and exceed client expectations.

As a practitioner, Brian understands that his clients need to devote their energy to their businesses, not to matters of accounting. As such, he streamlines engagements at every turn, making the process both efficient and informative. Brian also knows that, in order to diagnose client needs, his job is to listen. He starts every engagement by diving deep, gaining a comprehensive understanding of his clients’ unique situations. It’s all part of his commitment to providing an unparalleled level of service.

Brian is a member of the Illinois CPA Society’s Accounting Principles Committee. This highly impactful senior committee devises responses to new accounting standards that regulators put forth. He is proud of the opportunity to influence the discipline about which he is so passionate, while his committee work also allows him to bring back heightened knowledge to the firm.

In a real way, Brian was born into accounting. Having grown up at his father’s firm, he knew he would become a CPA at a very early age. In fact, he cut his professional teeth in high school, serving as the school store’s accountant. At its height, proceeds from the store funded new uniforms for the school band. Not bad for a teenaged number cruncher.

Brian earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting from Bradley University and a Master’s Degree in Accountancy from Elmhurst College.

Community: Member, Illinois CPA Society Accounting Principles Committee; Former Treasurer, Greens of Glendale Lakes Condominium Association; Board Member, Downers Grove Area Chamber of Commerce; Service: Mentoring high school students.

The Lighter Side

Taking-it-easy hobby: Card game Euchre.
Extreme hobby: Barefoot waterskiing. Yes, you read that right.
Fave getaway: Summer home on Indiana’s Lake Shafer. (See, “Extreme Hobby,” above).
Professional secret weapon: Listening.
Home town: St. Charles, IL.
Near & dear: Wife Mary, daughter Abby (8), son Brody (6) and daughter Katelyn (16 months).