About K.M. Suh

K.M. Suh with wife Hae Seok at sunset in Key Biscayne, Florida  |  Photo by Hanul Bahm

K.M. Suh with wife Hae Seok at sunset in Key Biscayne, Florida | Photo by Hanul Bahm

K.M. has lived a rich and varied life, the sum of which has cemented his core values of integrity, honor, commitment, kindness and excellence. He grew up in South Korea, the fifth of eight siblings, next to a train depot. He spent his youth commuting to his middle and high schools several towns away. Tutoring his way through college, K.M. earned his Electrical Engineering degree at Seoul National University in 1972, the same year he began his career as a TV engineer for Samsung. He married Hae Seok Paik on Christmas Day 1974. Two babies, a son and a daughter, soon followed.  

In 1981, he moved his family to Los Angeles, serving as General Manager for Samsung’s Service Division before being promoted to establish B2B services between IBM and Samsung. Relocating to Marietta, K.M. enrolled his kids in middle school while managing a facility and a diverse, hundred-person workforce in Smyrna.

Solvang, California 1980s

Solvang, California 1980s

After 21 years of service to Samsung, K.M. walked away from corporate life to form Qualifix, Inc. His Norcross-based business provided sales and warranty service for monitors and laptops, making them affordable for families, students and businesses just as the Internet was gaining early popular use. The work took him and his wife, now living in Duluth, across nearly all the Southern states for six years. 

With the kids now college grads, K.M. and his wife moved to Miami in 1999. Serving both English- and Spanish-speaking customers, he worked in the hard drive aftercare sector. In Miami, he learned to appreciate a good cup of café cubano, tropical storms and the Spanish language, for which he earned a credential. He became a naturalized US citizen in July 2001, two months before 9/11.

In 2011, K.M. negotiated a lease for his church of 13 years, pro-bono — enabling his congregation to relocate to a beautiful, historic waterfront property in downtown Miami. 

A rare snowy day in K.M.'s backyard home in Lawrenceville.

A rare snowy day in K.M.'s backyard home in Lawrenceville.

A chance opportunity allowed his return to Georgia, whose lush mountains and sense of community he loved. He finalized homeownership in Lawrenceville and earned his Realtor license through Keller Williams in Duluth.  For several years, he served as a realtor with Virtual Properties Realty, which has won consecutive accolades from the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Atlanta Business Chronicle and the Gwinnett County Chamber of Commerce. He is now affiliated with Young International Broker, based in Duluth.

In addition to belting out a good gospel tune, he enjoys hiking George Pierce Park and Stone Mountain on weekends.