Christopher A. Kouza – Chairman & Founder
Christopher Kouza is a licensed attorney and American businessman. Growing up as a child, Christopher learned his business philosophy from his Father, Wijdi (Jack) Kouza Co-Founder And Vice President of Group 10 Management. While working with his Father, Christopher learned the business fundamentals of cost, quality, speed, and innovation.
Christopher’s legal career spans over a decade and in that time he was an associate attorney for Cohen Lerner and Rabinovitz PC and later a partner and director of litigation for Aidenbaum Shoolff and Bloom PC. As an attorney Christopher handled complex litigation for privately held businesses and banking institutions. During his legal career Christopher represented banks and financial institutions such as: Paramount Bank, Main Street Bank, Peoples State Bank, Citizens Bank, Comerica Bank and Flagstar Bank. In 2009, Christopher was hired by People’s State Bank as Director Of Managed Assets and First Vice President. In that capacity Christopher managed a one hundred million dollar portfolio.
Christopher has leveraged his skills and family wealth to form Kouza Capital. Today Christopher’s related companies own and manage in excess of 300 Million dollars portfolio of real estate and business holdings.
Joseph L. Caradonna – CEO & Chief Investment Officer
Joe is co-founder and serves as CEO and Chief Investment Officer. He has actively participated in executing each of Kouza’s acquisitions and is a board member on all of its portfolio company boards. Joe enjoys working with senior management as a trusted advisor and supporting the execution of organic and acquisitive growth plans. At the young age of 18 he left the family business and started a foundation contracting company, within eight years he grew that company to become one of the largest contracting businesses in Michigan. Joe’s work ethics, traditions and integrity are demonstrated in his management of all businesses he oversees. Joe studied engineering at Lawrence Technological University and a licensed builder for over 20 years. Growing up in the business, he learned all his lessons the hard way…by doing the work. Having completed or participated in over a half billion dollars of transactions, he is investor-focused and draws from nearly a half of a century of family experience of business operations.
Chris Westfall – CFO & Partner
Chris joined Kouza Capital in 2019 as its CFO and partner. His financial advisory experience includes a broad range of knowledge and expertise in M&A and capital raising transactions. During his 30 years of investment banking experience, Chris has advised on more than 150 transactions, Chris was previously a managing partner at Creo Clobal Capital, a private equity and high net worth financial management company. Additionally, Chris has successfully led two investment banking practices. Chris was a Managing Director in CIT’s Investment Banking Services Group, located in New York and Chicago. Chris was responsible for advisory services, capital formation and leverage structuring as a senior coverage officer for a number of prominent private equity groups. Prior to CIT, he was a Partner in Deloitte’s Corporate Finance Practice, responsible for investment banking services. Chris advised clients on all investment banking matters representing a wide range of industry sectors including: health care, distribution, manufacturing, metals, retail, real estate and software.
Chris received a BA, Economics, and an MBA from the University of Michigan.
Jason Slocum – Business Development, Investor Relations, and Partner
Jason joined Kouza Capital in 2019 and is head of Business Development and Investor Relations. Jason brings years of experience as a business development leader across numerous markets. Jason has significant experience in capital formation and has successfully raised capital for a number of sectors including: manufacturing, retail, real estate and technology markets. His specialty is identifying value where ideas, people, resources, and opportunity intersect. Jason provides unique insight and strategy to help our portfolio company’s thrive. He is a creative and energetic force with a strong network.