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Gene Haas (Has) It Worked Out

20 June 2010 No Comment

Gene Haas is an entrepreneur and philanthropist that operates his automation business – Haas Automation, Inc. out of Oxnard, California. He has many other enterprises, including his own NASCAR team and makes many charitable contributions to his community as well as interstate and overseas.

Showing talent for mechanical proceeses from a young age, Haas excelled at school with the aid of a diligent upbringing and strong sibling support. Academics wasn’t his only forte as he competed for his high school on the track. He attended California State University, Northridge and graduated with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Accounting and Finance.

In the years following graduation, Haas founded Proturn Engineering, a small contract machine shop in Sun Valley, California. Here he developed a device, a fully programmable 5C collet indexer to boost productivity in his own shop. This device was embraced by the machine tool industry and helped with the conception of Haas Automation in 1983. Today, Haas products are sold through a worldwide network of more than 170 Haas Factory Outlets – in more than 80 countries – that provide the industry’s best support and service.

Haas’ other interests have led him to create his own NASCAR team, be involved with developing the education of engineers in the United States and overseas through the funding of scholarships and form The Gene Haas Foundation. This foundation is a non-profit organization to help provide funding to various humanitarian charities. These charities provide youth services, assistance to families in need, and educational support. Since 1999, the Gene Haas Foundation has helped more than 800 organizations, including the YMCA, the Boys and Girls Clubs of America, the Salvation Army, the RAIN Transitional Living Center, the American Red Cross, and the United Way.

Haas’ accomplishments in business and charitable contributions elevate him to a high esteem amongst not only his peers but aspiring students across the globe.

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