Born in the capital of the Paraíba state–João Pessoa–Brazil, Carlos Alberto de Oliveira Andrade is a medical doctor who–while he was still in practice–was greatly appreciated as a doctor across Northern Brazil. Carlos Alberto de Oliveira Andrade then changed the course for his career to CAOA a Brazilian distributor and carmaker around forty years ago. Carlos Alberto de Oliveira Andrade–today–is the CAOA’s Chairman for its Board of Directors. Around a million vehicles have been sold by CAOA.
Carlos Alberto de Oliveira Andrade changed his career from being a doctor to an entrepreneur in the year 1979. Through a dealership located in the city Campina Grande, Dr. Carlos had attained a Ford Landau. The dealership had gone bankrupt prior to delivering the car to Carlos Alberto de Oliveira Andrade, he then requested a compensation for the advance payment made on the Landau in the form of the now-bankrupt dealership.
After the request was completed, Carlos Alberto de Oliveira Andrade created CAOA. Dr. Carlos’ initials were used in reference when establishing the company name. From then Dr. Carlos had become an entrepreneur, working at his new company for the next six years, he had established the company as the best Ford dealership in the country of Brazil.
Imported cars started to be allowed in Brazil in the year 1992. Dr. Carlos took this opportunity and made the import in Brazil a success for Renault, Subaru, and Hyundai.
Carlos Alberto de Oliveira Andrade had intentionally selected the state of Goiás for his company headquarters. The state is an ideal location in Brazil for an increasingly successful supply business and vehicle distribution.
After acquiring his dream of having his own factory, Carlos Alberto de Oliveira Andrade had also received the ‘Entrepreneur of the Year in Industry’ title by IstoÉ Dinheiro Magazine in the year 2007.
CAOA plays its part for the protection of the environment with its automobile plant’s culture. This plan allowed reforestation in parts of Brazil by recycling the waste produced during vehicle manufacturing. This effort earned them the ‘Good doer Company’ title from IstoÉ Dinheiro. This plant of CAOA also earned–during each of the next three years–the title of ‘Most Admired’ by Carta Capital magazine.