Tammy Tran Nguyen is the daughter of two Vietnamese-Chinese immigrants, who came to America to search for a better life for their children. After working many minimum wage positions, her parents finally were able to build their first fast food restaurant, where she went to work as a precocious 8 year old. She has a very close relationship with her parents, in particular her father who taught her strong values and helped her develop a keen sense for business.
Mrs. Nguyen graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with a degree of Bachelor of Business Administration. During college, she interned for Dell Computers and Tenneco Gas. Following her graduation from the University of Texas Business School, she accepted a position with Alexander and Alexander as a risk management consultant.
As life would have it, Mrs. Nguyen would return to the family business because of her parents deteriorating health. Within 10 years, Mrs. Nguyen grew a small fast food restaurant of seven employees to a well-known chain staffing over a hundred workers throughout the Houston Metropolitan area. It was during this time period that she attended and earned her Jurisprudence Doctorate (JD) from the University of Houston Law Center.
Tammy & Wayne Nguyen at the 2018 KNOWAutism
'Reach for the Stars' Gala
She met her husband, Wayne, in 2002. Together, they started a real estate investment firm. They had two children, one of which has autism. She spent the last seven years learning how to be a mom and how to be a mom to a child with autism. The experience has motivated her to devote more time for her children and accept a less active role in her companies. She has said that her role as a mother has been the most difficult and yet rewarding job that she has thus far.
Mrs. Nguyen’s background allows her to appreciate the struggles of middle-income families, particular ones with language barriers. Her experience as a mom to a child with autism allows her to understand the challenges that a family will encounter. She forms KNOWAutism Foundation to help the family affected with autism in hopes of making their experiences a little easier, by arming them with the education and the resources to be better prepared for the journey ahead.