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CAOA: Carlos Alberto de Oliveira Andrade

Born in Joao Pessoa, the capital of the state Paraiba in Brazil Dr. Carlos Alberto de Oliveira Andrade is a medical doctor. When he still practiced medicine he was a well know physician throughout North Brazil. Over 40 years ago he changed his career to Brazilian car distribution, CAOA where he is now the Chairman of CAOA’s Board of Directors.

When Dr. Carlo became an entrepreneur, he bought Ford Landau, a dealership that declared bankruptcy. Before bankruptcy could happen Dr. Carlos took on the company. Once the deal was made CAOA was created. The company’s name being the first letters of Carlos Alberto de Oliveira Andrade name, and he started working at his new found company. It didn’t take long to become a success, CAOA became the largest Ford dealership in Brazil in under six years.

With the partnership Dr. Carlos had with Hyundai, and after spending $600 million of person money, he was able to open CAOA which was built in Agribusiness District of Anapolis. This location chosen specifically for its unique location to sell vehicles throughout Brazil and other countries. With the success of this auto manufacturing company, Carlos Alberto de Oliveira Andrade received the “Entrepreneur of the Year in Industry” award in 2007.

Through out the next few years Dr. Carlos, an automobile businessman, went on to win several other awards. In 2010 he was awarded the “Good doer Company” award for his respect towards the environment. The next three years his company was recognized as the “Most Admired”. In 2012, he was in first place in sales for the annual satisfaction survey. By 2017 the company repeated history and achieved Dr. Carlos’s goals to create the product: vehicles, that people wanted the most.

Dr. Carlos’s most recent venture is partnering CAOA with Chery, creating CAOA Chery which has made positive advances for both companies involved. Within its 40-year operation CAOA has sold over one million vehicles in Brazil. These include anything from Ford, Hyundai, Subaru and more.

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