Quy Lamastus speaking Monday to the Little Rock Regional Minority Business Awards Luncheon where she was named business person of the year. The popular Maumelle business leader has operated her business, Quy’s Salon for 30 years in Maumelle and although most of her customers come from outside Maumelle, she passed up a chance to move to Maumelle Boulevard or west Little Rock and remained in Maumelle this summer when she completely renovated her business. She and her husband Ken, retired executive director of the Arkansas Medical Society brought all their employees as guests to the luncheon. Lamastus said she owed the honor to her employees who do the work but anyone who’s ever been in her business knows she sets the example and unlike some employers, she works as hard or harder than anyone else primarily to provide an exceptional service to her customers. Lamastus is a native of Vietnam who came to the United States in 1975 as a refugee when her country fell to the communists after Nixon and Ford pulled U.S. troops out. Her first stop in America was at Fort Chaffee outside Fort Smith where she lived in the World War II era barracks but quickly took over leadership at the camp trying to make her fellow refugees, made up mostly of orphan children, feel a little touch of home through her cooking.

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