Credit Union CEO Calls it Quits to Become Author
TAUNTON, Mass. - Diane Kozak, 45, CEO of the $122 million Taunton Federal Credit Union has stepped down from her position to write a novel about teenagers and terrorism, according to the Attleboro Sun-Chronicle. Kozak, a popular business leader in Taunton has stunned colleagues, friends, fellow board members and some customers by stepping down as president of the credit union to write a book, something she admitted to knowing "nothing about," and something about as far from her financial background as a person can get. The book is a novel with Muslim protagonists aimed at teenagers about the next terrorist attack on America tentatively called "Full Circle 911." "The way I explain my decision to people who are stunned to learn of it, is to say, `All my life I have chosen the road less traveled and I am glad I did. Leaving a lucrative credit union career to become a struggling, first-time author is the road less traveled'," Kozak is quoted as having said. "I know, in my heart, this is the road for me." In the article she thanked her husband, Karl, who is CEO of the $780 million Pawtucket Credit Union.