Joe MALLON 马赳夫
The Chinese Fine Arts Society
I have the honor of serving as Vice President of The Chinese Fine Arts Society (CFAS). It’s a privilege I take very seriously. This year, my goal is to help CFAS continue to bring Chinese art forms to the City of Chicago. I strongly believe that we are a stronger city and country when we can bring Chinese culture to our citizens.
What was your first job, and how did it shape your life?
I’ll go with my main job instead of my first. I spent twenty-five years as a partner at Deloitte & Touche, a large multinational accounting and consulting firm. As a partner, I learned the importance of honesty and integrity. I learned how to put others first. I liked helping our younger staff develop and mature as professionals. My clients depended on me, and that is a responsibility I took very seriously.
What books are currently on your bedside table?
Iris Chang’s The Chinese In America. I think that Iris Chang was a wonderful author. Her book, The Rape of Nanking, was life-changing for me. The world is a sadder place without her.
Mulberry Child, by Chicago’s own Jian Ping. Read the book and watch the award-winning film The Drop, by Dennis Lehane. He is probably the best neo-noir writer out there right now. I’m a big noir lover, both with books and movies. So read the book, then see the movie!!!
What was the last present you gave someone?
A hand-engraved plaque to the retiring Vice President of Business Affairs for North Central College in Naperville. He has dedicated his entire career to the college, and is a great guy.
What was the last present you received?
I received a beautiful scarf from Jackie Chan’s Long Yun Kung Fu Group. It was very touching.
What is an extraordinary place you have recently traveled to?
New York. No matter how many times I visit, I’m still amazed by its vibrancy.
What’s one thing most people don’t know about you?
I’m pretty much an open book. I love people, and love hearing their stories and telling mine.