Mack International President Participates as a Panelist for the Opal Financial Group Family Office & Private Wealth Management Forum October 28-30 in Napa, CA

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Linda C. Mack of Chicago-based Mack International was recently invited to contribute as one of four panelists during the Opal Financial Group Family Office & Private Wealth Management Forum. The panel explored “Top Women in Wealth Management: Innovation, Creativity, and What it Means for Clients and the Industry.”

A fellow panelist remarked that Linda continues to build a company that is "not your mother's search firm."

Linda C. Mack, founder and president of Mack International, LLC, the premier retained executive search and family office strategic management/human capital consulting firm, was selected as a panelist for the Opal Financial Group 2015 Family Office & Private Wealth Management Forum: Harvesting for Returns held October 28-30 in Napa, California.

The conference is one of Opal’s premier Private Wealth Series events for high-net-worth individuals and family offices from around the world. Linda C. Mack contributed on a panel moderated by Natasha Pearl, CEO and Founder of Aston Pearl. Linda was joined by Carol Pepper, CEO and Founder of Pepper International, LLC, Wendy Craft, Executive Director, COO of Gonzalez Family Office, and Rhona Vogel, CEO and Founder, Vogel Consulting (MFO). All women on the panel were named as one of the Top 50 Most Influential Women in Private Wealth by PAM Magazine in May 2015.

Several topics were up for discussion. The first was Secrets to Success in the context of big, new ideas and innovations that led to each panelist’s success. Linda Mack’s distinction in being named one of the most influential women in wealth management is based on her having founded one of the most specialized executive search and strategic management/human capital consulting firms in the industry. A proprietary process authored by Linda Mack enables Mack International to conduct search assignments that hit the bull’s eye every time in identifying the very best candidates for the family. A fellow panelist remarked that Linda continues to build a company that is “not your mother's search firm”--with value that goes well beyond an executive search. Linda Mack describes her firm as being “…true consultants that provide thought leadership...so much so that we are considered a “go-to” firm for Forbes 400 families-not only in terms of a search but expert advice and counsel. We always focus on our client’s long term best interests. It’s a relationship, never a transaction.”

On the subject of gender, the panel agreed that women still face challenges in family office positions, but most have a highly developed EQ (emotional intelligence) that contribute to being a strong leader. In fact there is research suggesting female investment professionals are in fact outperforming some of their male counterparts because of the trust they inspire in their clients. In a business based on discretion and trustworthiness, this is important. Linda had this to say about the advantage of being a female in the industry, “Our distinctive competency is in delivering candidates with the perfect culture fit. Once the bedrock core skill set is satisfied, we see that as the most critical component for a successful match. I feel as a woman, I have a real knack for defining and assessing culture fit more accurately than most men.”

Rising above challenges and handling obstacles was the third topic. Linda shared some of the experiences of her personal journey. “This industry is rife with conflict. One of the reasons I started my own firm was to create an atmosphere that brought my clients sustainability, unity and harmony--devoid of short cuts and dedicated to the patience required for consistent, excellent work. We don’t answer to shareholders or management. Our metric for success is excellence in the solution, not one based on volume or revenue. Capitalizing on short term gain can temporarily mitigate a problem, but it is not in the client’s best interest long term. We serve no masters other than our clients.”

The panel concluded by describing the legacy they hope to leave as it relates to the wealth management industry. One of Linda’s peers recognized Linda as being an unselfish mentor in helping the career development of other women trying to build businesses. Linda is also proud of being recognized as having a spirit of continuous improvement, investing time in further developing her expertise wherever she can. “Being a thought leader is a never ending commitment that requires a lot of time to reflect, search and analyze the best ideas on behalf of my clients.” For Mack International, that implies making a difference, one family office/enterprise at a time. “It’s really based on 2 principles; always focus on the client’s long term interest, and whenever you are entrusted with an opportunity to do work, do it at the highest level of excellence. The rest will take care of itself.”

About Mack International LLC

Mack International is the premier, boutique retained executive search and strategic management/human capital consulting firm serving national and international clients in the family office, family business enterprise and the wealth management industries on national and international basis. Founded in 2002, the firm has achieved an exceptional track record of success as evidenced by its unmatched industry expertise, in-depth market knowledge and unparalleled track record of success. Founder and President, Linda C. Mack has established proprietary methodologies such as the Mack 360© and is credited for having coined the term “expert generalist” in the industry.

For more information, please visit http://www.mackinternational.com or call 800 976 0015.

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