Karl Kozak: Founder of KORE Essentials

My NativeAdVantage:


Shortly after graduating from San Diego State University with a B.A. in Economics, Mr. Kozak joined SportsLab USA, a sporting goods manufacturer. He worked his way up from sales associate to marketing director. In 1994 Mr. Kozak, launched TravelSource.com, the Internet's very first commercial travel site catering to unique destinations. Mr. Kozak co-founded the San Diego Film Festival with his wife in 2002, acting as the Director of Programming for 10 years. He produced, co-wrote and directed four independent feature films, starring several Academy Award nominees and Emmy winners.  His films appeared at over 20 International film festivals and all went on to garner video and TV distribution.

He founded and ran the 3D Film Factory, a company specializing in the design and manufacturing of 3d camera systems and stereography production services. Mr. Kozak is the current president of Kore Essentials, a men's accessories company that succcessfuly launched on Kickstarter in 2013.

What’s Your NativeAdVantage:

What do you do best?

Having been an entrepreneur for over 25 years, and someone who relocated frequently as a child, I had to learn to adapt. Adapt to changing environments, new friends, and later business trends, new technologies, changing markets, and so on. Life, as well as business, is about change and I’ve always embraced it. It was either that or become a recluse and I’m not good at being quiet.  On a day to day business basis, most of what I do best relates to sales, marketing and growing the business.

What makes you the best?

I’m not sure if I’m the best at any one thing, but I’m fair to okay with a wide spectrum of things, ranging from personal to business.

How will you become the best?

Focusing efforts, but it’s hard to focus too much, when you’re having to wear more than one hat.

What are your aspirations?

Personal: To be a father who’s present and able to spend time with my wife and kids.

Business: To grow and expand our brand – Kore Essentials.



Treat each day like it’s your last.


My wife and my kids.


Alaska, NYC, Yosemite


Unique redesigned items, craft beer


Cycling, hiking, reading