Q&A: Quan Mac
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Quan Mac is responsible for managing the anchor relationships of Legacy Trust’s Family Office platform and is a member of the firm’s executive management team.
She provides thought leadership in the areas of investment, estate and income tax planning strategies, while collaborating in the delivery of fiduciary, philanthropic and administrative services to the Grand Rapids-based firm’s current and future Family Office clients.
Biggest career break?
Being selected for a high school internship at the Grand Rapids Press when I was 15 years old. I spent two summers, my entire senior year and my winter break freshmen year of college learning how to be a good writer, a strong editor and what it means to be a professional.
Being the first person in my family to receive a graduate degree. I did it the hard way by taking my M.B.A. classes part-time at the University of Chicago and working full-time at UBS Brinson, while 32 weeks pregnant with my first child. I was putting my husband through law school and had to take three quarters worth of classes into two quarters, because the baby was due a month before my original graduation date. I even made the Dean's List.
Best advice you’ve ever received?
"Ne regard pas l'assiette d'autre" ("Do not look at other's plates!") from my father-in-law. He taught this to my husband who says it to our children. Do not focus on what other people have. Instead, focus on what you've been given and make the best of that.
How did you make your first dollar?
At age 11, I babysat for my neighbors who had three adopted children.
My jewelry box collection: some from my husband’s travels with the U.S. Navy to Morocco, Thailand and France; my grandmother's jewelry box from China; and one from the Netherlands, a gift from a high school friend.
I would love to be an anchor on ESPN's “SportsCenter.”
If I were president for a day, I would . . . ?
Change our immigration policy, so we could retain more of the graduates from our own universities and colleges. We export these talented men and women who could really contribute to our economy and enhance our communities. I would also take measure to eliminate the pay gap between men and women performing the same job.
Last book you’ve read?
“Liar's Poker” by Michael Lewis
Last thing you Googled?
Campsites in Michigan
Your worst habit?
Biting my nails, and I am mortified when I catch my children doing it.
To unwind, I like to . . . ?
Read a book next to the fireplace with a hot cup of tea
Scuba diving in Vietnam with my husband and children and seeing my ancestral homes in Vietnam and China
Person you most admire?
My maternal grandmother, Muoi Tran, who was widowed during her escape from Vietnam, kept her young children safe during refugee camp in Hong Kong, despite her grief, and was the glue in our family when we re-united in Grand Rapids. In her lifetime, she survived despite starvation, two wars, starting over in a new country twice, becoming a widow in her 40s and nine years of dialysis. She personified a quiet strength and a fierce love of family.