Chuck Haddad came to the United States when he was 19 years old. He had $1000 in his pocket and a pink suitcase. He went to Wabash College in Indiana when he first arrived. But because of the cold, he decided to move west to California to attend Stanford University where he continued to study to pursue an engineering degree.
He worked various jobs to pay for his education and make ends meet. One of his favorites was as a cook at the Yosemite Lodge during Thanksgiving, Christmas and Easter break.
In 1957, Chuck was inquiring about purchasing a vehicle, after hours of bargaining the dealer talked him into working for the dealership as a salesperson. Within four months, he became the sales manager and within a year, the General Manager. After a period of time, he quit to return to college and began to work at Ogmer Volkswagen where he became the General Manager and worked for 14 years.
Haddad Dodge was established in 1974 by Elias “Chuck”‘ Haddad.
Chuck Haddad was a member of NADA, National Automobile Dealers Association, California New Car Dealers Association, and the Greater Bakersfield New Car Dealer Association for more than 46 years.
Throughout the years, and because he’s been so blessed, Chuck Haddad contributed to many causes in the local community. He donated to help research for Juvenile Diabetes, Arthritis, Heart Disease, Cancer and Leukemia. Bakersfield Police Activities League. Kern County Beale Library, Charter member.
He had the privilege of serving on local boards such as the Better Business Bureau, and the California State University, Bakersfield Dean of Business Advisory Board. As well as being a member of the following: Better Business Bureau, Bakersfield Chamber of Commerce, Kern County Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, Kern County Museum, Bakersfield County Club, Petroleum Club.
All three of his sons followed his career choice and are co-owners of Haddad Dodge KIA.