Edison, NJ—Charles Saka, the founder of Sakar International, passed away on April 22, 2022, surrounded by his family. Saka was 80 years old.
Charles Saka was a visionary leader who built Sakar International into a global consumer electronics and accessories company. A pioneer in his industry, Saka began his career sourcing as well as developing a line of photography accessories. Subsequently, in 1977, he founded Sakar Optical Inc.
He spent the next years expanding the company, adapting as the retail landscape changed. In 1989, the company became Sakar International. In addition, it developed a global presence by incorporating new technology to produce on-trend, cutting-edge products.
Sakar International Expands
Moreover, Sakar currently licenses more than 40 entertainment and corporate brands. It also maintains a diverse portfolio of products. They comprise action cameras, speakers, headphones, youth electronics, wheeled goods as well as health and wellness products.
What’s more, Saka believed his company had reached the next level of success when, in 2008, Sakar purchased the well-known Vivitar brand. Sakar transformed Vivitar into a lifestyle brand and placed products at every major retailer. Always expanding and growing, in 2012, Sakar partnered to also acquire the Altec Lansing brand, a company with a deep legacy in audio. Subsequently, Sakar reestablished Altec into a market share leader.
Further, Saka was well known at all the major trade shows, including CES, PMA, Toy Fair and ASD. He enjoyed the art of negotiation and treated everyone as friends. He also hosted Jewish prayers and meals for all to enjoy while traveling away from their homes and families.
A Life Well Lived
In addition, Charles Saka was a philanthropist. He never tired of building and contributing to help his own community and the world at large. He worked passionately to establish the Magen David Synagogue complex near his home in Deal, New Jersey. The synagogue includes buildings for both religious and social occasions.
Saka also worked to sustain and expand Hillel Yeshiva, a private day school with more than a thousand students. Additionally, he was a founder of the DSN Community Center at the Jersey Shore.
Saka’s generosity was boundless; by constantly giving both his time and his financial support, he helped thousands of people across the world. His belief was that people should live with dignity. As such, he gave charity behind the scenes; he also helped financially challenged individuals find employment so they would no longer need the assistance of others. He lived his life doing 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; his children Sammy, Raymond, Jeffrey, Laurie (Mizrachi) and Sally (Cohen); and many grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Those interested in sharing their thoughts, memories and condolences are encouraged to e-mail CharlieSakaLegacy@gmail.com.