The founder of Sakar International, Charles Saka, died on Friday April 22, surrounded by his family. He was 80 years old.
Charles Saka is known as the visionary leader who built Sakar International into a global consumer electronics and accessories company. Saka began his career researching and developing a range of photographic accessories and in 1977 founded Sakar Optical Inc. Saka spent the next few years growing his business, adapting to the changing landscape of retail. In 1989 the company became Sakar International and developed a global presence by incorporating new technologies to produce fashionable products. Sakar currently licenses more than 40 entertainment and business brands that comprise a diverse portfolio of products including action cameras, speakers, headphones, youth electronics, rollerblades and healthcare products and well-being.
Sakar purchased the famous Vivitar brand in 2008. The company has transformed it into a lifestyle brand and has placed products at all major retailers. Then in 2012, Sakar joined forces to acquire Altec Lansing brand, a company with a deep heritage in audio. Sakar has reestablished Altec as a market leader through innovation and quality.
Charles Saka devoted himself to philanthropy. He worked to establish the Magen David Synagogue complex near his home in Deal, New Jersey, which includes buildings for religious and social occasions. He worked to support and develop Hillel Yeshiva, a private day school with over a thousand students. He was also one of the founders of the DSN Community Center in the heart of the Jersey Shore. He consistently gave of his time and financial support, helping thousands of people around the world. His belief was that people should live with dignity, and as such he did behind-the-scenes charity and helped those in financial difficulty find employment. He lived his life showing kindness to others and taught his family to do the same.
Charles Saka is survived by his wife Brenda, to whom he was married for 57 years and his children Sammy, Raymond, Jeffrey, Laurie (Mizrachi) and Sally (Cohen), as well as numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren. children. A private service was held by the family. Those interested in sharing their thoughts, memories and condolences are invited to email [email protected]