In 1909 our grandfather, Jacob J. Novak came to America from Ljubljana, Yugoslavia, wanting a better life for his family. In 1920, as a 12-year-old boy, our grandfather helped to build his family home on 1225 Adams Street in North Chicago where he and his four sisters settled. As a young child, Jake was stricken with polio, and at the age of 14, Jake was forced to drop out of school to help support his family. He found work setting pins at a bowling alley in North Chicago. From these humble beginnings, and with only an 8th grade education, our grandfather made a good life for him and his family.
Jacob J. Novak
Later, he met and married our grandmother, a school teacher named Marcella. Through hard work and drive, our grandfather became Chief of Police for the City of North Chicago in 1935. He held that post for 28 years and was later named president of the school board in 1939 on which he served for 30 years. In 1957, the city of North Chicago dedicated a school named in his honor and the Chicago Police Department created a scholarship in his name.
Jacob L. Novak
In October 1939, our father Jacob L. Novak was born in the house that his father built on Adams St. Our dad lived there until he left to pursue a football career with the University of Miami, and then with the Green Bay Packers. Like our grandfather, our father has always made family his priority. After 50+ years of marriage, 6 kids, 19 grandchildren and 1 great-grandchild, our father has moved back to Adams St., back to a community built by his family—only this time it’s right here in Georgetown, Texas.
Novak Brothers was founded by Jacob J. Novak Jr. and Jeff L. Novak. Jack is a board-certified ER doc and successful entrepreneur, and Jeff is an ex-professional football player for the NY Giants, Miami Dolphins, Jacksonville Jaguars, and is now a real estate developer and builder.
Today, the Novak Brothers leadership team uses their love of family and rare blend of knowledge and vision to create unique community experiences, quality residential and commercial properties, and successful development partnerships.
The Texas Brownstones is dedicated to family roots and paying respect to their family’s history in the upper class neighborhoods of Chicago and the streets are named for streets in our family history. The Novak Brothers are committed to creating a community with a sense of family. Over the years, The Summit at Rivery Park will bring generations together and provide a lifetime of memories.
Jeff Novak has spent the last 10 years providing comprehensive sales and marketing programs for builders and developers. As founder and CEO of an innovative real estate marketing and sales agency, former NFL player Jeff Novak now brings that experience to his own projects. Jeff resides in Georgetown, Texas, with his wife of 25 years and has 4 children.
Jack Novak has a long history of entrepreneurial success and visionary leadership. A board-certified Emergency Medicine Doctor, he founded First Choice ER, the first standalone ER in Texas. Jack has also developed successful retail centers in Houston and Dallas, and provided investment and guidance for a number of other successful business launches. Jack resides in Flower Mound, Texas, with his wife of 27 years and has three children.
Jim Cramer, Co-CEO for Novak Brothers and a NCARB certified licensed architect, is involved in the design and construction of Novak Brothers properties. Jim has more than 30 years’ experience in designing, building, and developing residential and commercial properties for nationally-known builders. Jim resides in Round Rock, Texas, with his wife of 33 years and has two children and four grandchildren.