Charles L. Chan: Putting the Plan
Charles L. Chan, a small-town boy from the Midwest, life
was going according to a plan he mapped while at the
University of Illinois College of Commerce and Business
Administration. He graduated in January 2000. That May he
took a job at the World Trade Center, trading currencies
for Cantor Fitzgerald on the 105th floor of the north
He bragged to his family back home in Peoria, Ill.,
that the views of New York Harbor from his office were
awe-inspiring, said his mother, Julia Chan.
Mr. Chan, 23, lived with two roommates in the heart of
the financial district on John Street in a trendy
apartment building. His only telephone was a cellular,
like most young, hip professionals. "He had thousands of
hours and the best long-distance plan you can imagine,"
Mrs. Chan said.
Mr. Chan, whom relatives called Chip, learned the
importance of mapping strategy through growing up with
five brothers. They were always competing against one
another in basketball, soccer or baseball.
"With five brothers you learn to interact because you
are living in a group," Mrs. Chan said. "There is always
compromise, and there is always knowing how to work with
someone. He was always trying to get someone in backyard
to get a game going and teasing them about how he was
going to win. They are all very competitive."