Realtor, developer and philanthropist Thach Nguyen hopes to inspire and empower billions of people to reach for their dreams by sharing his life story and showing them that anything is possible.
A Vietnamese refugee who once lived in a homeless shelter, Nguyen became a real estate agent with Windermere Real Estate in 1991. Through his legendary determination and persistent door knocking, he became one of Washington state’s top real estate producers. Nguyen later joined John L. Scott Real Estate where he sold more than 130 homes a year. He became a millionaire at age 27, three years ahead of his aggressive schedule. Today, he and his team continue to help families buy, sell and invest in real estate.
Capitalizing on his keen market insights, Nguyen began acquiring property and started developing single-family homes, townhomes, apartment buildings and commercial properties in 1996. Nguyen and his partners opened their biggest project to date, a 251-unit downtown Seattle apartment building, in 2008 and three others are in development.
Driven by a desire to help others, Nguyen participates in various philanthropic ventures. He created the American Dream program and started working with Seattle ’s First Place School to help homeless families. Since its founding in 2003, the program has helped 25 homeless families move into permanent housing. As the chair of the advisory board and contributor to First Place , Nguyen is also helping the agency turn its parking lot into 40 to 50 permanent housing units. He is a board member of the Scoutreach Foundation, which raises money to give everyone a chance to participate in scouting.
Nguyen also created the Contribution Networking Party, which is also an online community at http://www.contributionnetworkingparty.com, to connect people and teach them how to achieve their dreams by being of service to others.
Nguyen is married, has two young children and lives in Seattle.
The following clip was recorded as an exclusive on CBS, “The Early Show, American Hero.” The Early Show recognized Thach for his philanthropy, achievements, as a humanitarian and a successful real estate agent who wanted to give back to his community that supported his success. Most importantly it highlights his own journey with his family from crisis to fulfilling the American dream of fortune.