(Athens) Binh Dao has joined Coldwell Banker Upchurch Realty as a licensed REALTOR® per Charles L. Upchurch, III, President and Broker.

"We're thrilled to have Binh," said Jennifer Varnadoe, sales manager at Coldwell Banker Upchurch Realty. "With his background in landscape architecture, his enthusiasm for his new career, and his love of Athens, I anticipate that he’ll enjoy a great deal of success as a part of our team.”

Born in Saigon, Vietnam and raised in Savannah, GA, Binh has called Athens home since he began attending the University of Georgia. He studied history and international affairs before entering the landscape architecture program. An advocate for community development, Binh has helped revitalize community parks in urban neighborhoods in Atlanta, and completed a concept master plan for a food-producing, waterfront park in East Harlem, New York City.

Binh joined Koons Environmental Design after graduating, where his work in housing and commercial development projects sparked his interest in real estate. After obtaining his licensure, he joined Coldwell Banker Upchurch Realty as a full-time realtor. As an agent, Binh utilizes his diverse background and the company’s extensive network to protect his clients’ interests and meet their needs in real estate.

Binh began learning English when he was 6 and won the county Spelling Bee when he was 10. He has studied abroad in Costa Rica and visited post-earthquake Haiti where he took part in a guerilla art project in Port-au-Prince. Things Binh finds satisfying include authentic Vietnamese food, the rain, pulling a productive all-nighter, and practicing mixed martial arts at The Hardcore Gym here in Athens.

Binh can be reached at (706) 705-2587. Coldwell Banker Upchurch Realty, located at 2405 W. Broad St, Athens GA 30606, can be reached at (706) 543-4000. Upchurch Realty has been an affiliate of the Coldwell Banker System for 31 years. Their motto, “Expect the Best,” is affirmed with their dedicated agents and staff and the superior service offered to their clients.