Haddad, David D. President and Founder
University of Denver BSBA
Wife of 17 years Judy
Children: Molly 16, Adam, 21 and Jim 27.
David founded Friends of Freedom (FOF) and Flagship Freedom/Sticks for Soldiers in 2003 providing cigars to deployed service members through Blue Star Moms “Packages from Home” care packs. Fumar Cigars donated over 100,000 cigars to troops in the first 4 years with the licensed logos of each of the military branch mascots. Through 2015 June, Friends of Freedom has delivered over 750,000 cigars into the war zone to one of the many personally founded cigar clubs specifically to USO Victory base, Baghdad, Iraq and The Tillman Center in Bagram, Afghanistan. Fumar Cigars/Friends of Freedom has hosted over one hundred and fifty events, supplying cigars and smiles for the deployed troops in Afghanistan, Kuwait, Bahrain, Germany, Korea, North Africa and Iraq. David partnered with the USO, including Boxer/Smokers and Friday night cigar nights, for over 12 years downrange. Clubs founded include: Victory, Hickory and Sather Cigar Clubs and Tali-Banned Aficionado Club in Afghanistan (over 20 chapters throughout theater) and Ike Cigar Club aboard the USS Eisenhower.
David is a Strategic Partner as of 2009 with American Airlines Veterans Initiatives Programs gathering school supplies for Iraqi school children with Gary Sinise and Operation International Children, a division of People to People International whose CEO is Mary Jean Eisenhower, one of David’s most valued partners in supporting the troops and Honorary National Chair for Friends of Freedom.
Easter 2009, David embarked on a mission to Iraq to personally deliver 12 tons of school supplies to Iraqi children along with 7000+ pair of Crocs shoes and 9000+ cigars for the first ever “Cigar Social” in a war zone. David held socials in 9 FOB (Forward Operating Bases) throughout Iraq and at bases in Kuwait, Bahrain, USS Eisenhower off the coast of Bahrain, Landstuhl Military Hospital and USAF Base Ramstein, Germany. Thanksgiving 2009, delivered another 14,000 cigars to Camp Leatherneck and Camp Bastion outside Kandahar, Afghanistan.
Co-Sponsor of Salute to the Troops 2009-2015 in Las Vegas with American Airlines Veterans Initiatives taking 125 severely wounded servicemen and their caregivers from Walter Reed and Bethesda Naval Hospital, Brooke Army Hospital in San Antonio and Balboa Rehab Center in San Diego to The Venetian and the Mirage Resorts for an all expense paid “break” from the rehab centers. Partners in this amazing program included Clint Black, Gary Sinise, Rich Little, Terry Fator, Wayne Newton, Tony Orlando, Sheldon Adelson, CEO of the Sands Casinos and Felix Rappaport of The MGM/Mirage Resorts.
July 2009 David and Friends of Freedom delivered 3 complete driving ranges to the troops of Camp Victory and Camp Sather, Baghdad USO Centers and Balad USO Center, with the help of the USGA, 100,000 golf balls, 402 golf clubs and 5 driving mats, all donated by communities in Scottsdale and GolfWeek Magazine readers nationwide.
David was named to the USO Board of Advisors for the state of Arizona in 2011 and serves on business development relations team.
Honorary Squadron Commander, Luke AFB, 309th Fighter Squadron 56th Fighter Wing
USO Board of Advisors, Arizona
Charter Squadron Lead Blue Blazers for Fighter Country Foundation
President, Friends of Freedom
President Fumar Cigars Inc.