Kim Hanh Dang
President, Vietnamese Community of Georgia
The Vietnam War have caused many Vietnamese to escape to US. When Saigon fall to the Communist in 1975, Kim Hanh was a law student at the University of Saigon. She was amongst millions who escaped the occupying forces and resettled in America.
Upon resettling in US, Kim worked a mail clerk at Homestead Life Insurance and attended English classes at night. She graduated with a Bachelors Degree in Information Computer Science from Georgia Tech in 1981. She was also elected a the first President of Vietnamese Student body at the college. Her information computer science degree landed her jobs as a System Analyst at Southern Company, First Atlanta Bank, and at her alma mater Georgia Tech.
“I needed more time with my young family and started venturing into nail salon and restaurant business with my husband in 1992. We have opened several business in Georgia, Florida, Colorado, and California,” explains Hanh.
By 2002, Hanh business acumen leads her into the booming real estate business. She gained her real estate license and won the Rookie of the Year Award for DeKalb County. Within two years, she was a member of the Million Dollar Club.
Hanh went on to formed Horizon Real Estate Investment LLC and Georgia Real Estate Investment LLC as part of her investment business. Despite her business success, she is more passionate with issues relating to the Vietnamese community.
“My heart is always with the community. I will find time to volunteer and help out with various community and fund raising events,” said Hanh. From temple fund raising to Tet New Year celebration, Kim will carve out time from her busy schedule to volunteer. She also chairs the 2010 Census Bureau Vietnamese community complete count committee.
Her most rewarding accomplishment to date is the inauguration of the Vietnamese community center in February 2010.
“It would not be possible without the help of so many supportive friends and business to make it happen. It is a rewarding experience.”
The Vietnamese Community Center offers various activities including after-school programs for school children, Vietnamese language class, Asian youth leadership and tutoring program, Tai-Chi classes, English classes for seniors, and basic computer education.
Fun activities such as baking, beauty and nutrition, and ballroom classes are conducted at the center by volunteers.
“I am so glad to see that the center is being utilized by many in the community. The center is always busy with weekend activities,” adds Hanh.
The center is becoming a focal point for Vietnamese community to gather and network. A monthly pot luck meal is organized with the kind generous donations by Dr. Tong Huynh and Anna Flowers.
“We celebrate birthdays of community members at the pot luck as we’ve a large birthday cake enough to feed everyone who attends!”
Kim is currently serving in her second term as President of Vietnamese Community of Georgia (2012-2015) and Secretary for the newly formed Georgia Vietnamese American Chamber of Commerce. Her day job as real estate broker with Atlanta Maxim Realty along with her civic engagement keeps her busy.
“I enjoy working and giving back to the community. It is a feeling that you have make a difference in peoples life,” said Hanh with a smile.