Chuck Haselwood - Founder
Charles (Chuck) Haselwood started out hitchhiking from the Ellensburg area to Bremerton seeking business opportunities and landed a job at a local gas station. He soon found himself enlisted in the Army under command of General George Patton during WWII. Upon his return he quickly learned there was more money to be made in selling cars than pumping gas.
Mr. Haselwood opened his first used car lot in 1950 and then his first new car lot in 1957 with the arrival of the Edsel, a new model from Ford Motor Company. Since his start in the early fifties, Charles Haselwood has acquired the following franchises; Buick, GMC Trucks, Pontiac, Honda, Toyota, Chevrolet, Jeep, Cadillac, Chrysler, and Scion. He has also been presented with numerous awards: 1998 "Time Magazine Quality Dealer Award," 1999 "People Magazine Toyota Presidents Award", and 2001 "Time Toyota Presidents Award."
Mr. Haselwood and Mrs. Haselwood believe in giving back to the city that had been so good to them. The Bremerton Chamber of Commerce presented Mr. Haselwood with the 1994 Thunderbird Award for exceptional contributions to the community. Mr. and Mrs. Haselwood were awarded the Hannah Langer Spirit of Philanthropy Award in 2002. The Haselwood's have made contributions to the Olympic College Library, Parks and Recreation, Our Lady of the Star of the Sea, Special Olympics, the Admiral Theater, the YMCA, and many other charitable organizations.
Chuck was successful because he knew how to treat people. Mr. Haselwood passed away in October 2006 and is missed greatly. The Haselwood's son Rick Wiler is now the President of Haselwood Auto Group. Mr. Wiler has a similar vision for Haselwood Auto Group and plans to keep the Customer and Employees the number one priority.