Mike Kozel has dedicated his retired life to making a profound impact on Atlanta’s breast cancer community. As Chair of the Board for TurningPoint, he steers the organization through challenges and has helped raise over $500,000 through fundraisers. Beyond his selfless work, Mike’s exceptional leadership extends to various nonprofit organizations, mentoring others, and his passion for golf. His commitment and multifaceted contributions make him an invaluable figure in the fight against breast cancer.
Why did you decide to join the team at TurningPoint?
The passion that this team brings to their patients every day inspires me to do all I can to help them prosper and grow. Being retired from my role as a sales executive makes it easier to commit to TurningPoint, but I do try to involve my family in the fundraising and events that we do at TurningPoint. I build the passion in them that I have for TurningPoint.
What do you find “interesting,” and what would say is the most interesting thing about you?
I find people with diverse backgrounds and broad life experiences to be the most interesting. I think the most interesting thing about me is the passion I bring to the activities I engage in. Whether it is working for nonprofits, playing with my grandkids or golfing, I don’t hold anything back.
What’s your personal mantra?
Make every moment count, do your best and be honest in everything you do.
Throughout your life, who has been the most influential person or mentor?
My manager at John Deere was a huge influence early in my career. He taught me to believe in myself and trust my instincts. Also, my father was there for me whenever I needed someone to talk to and get guidance.
What’s the most memorable adventure you’ve taken?
The most memorable adventure was when my son and I were in Scotland playing golf and his wife went into labor five weeks early. We couldn’t get back in time, and so he watched the birth of his daughter over FaceTime. This helped me understand that you can provide support and experience life without being there physically.
What are you are most proud of?
Raising two wonderful and loving children and supporting them in their life journeys. A successful career has allowed me to be at this point in my life where I can give back. I want to leave a legacy of being a family man and a mentor.