Edward Havlik was a businessman and homebuilding specialist who oversaw the construction of housing developments using modular homes.
Havlik attended Northern Michigan University from 1962-67, was Student Government president his sophomore year and developed a strong working relationship with president Edgar Harden. He was also active in numerous activities on campus.
After graduating with a degree in Business Administration, he went to work for a national retail chain and served as a training manager, merchandise manager and operations manager in three locations. In 1970, he became the divisional director of sales for an international builder in Chicago. In his first year, his division sold 1,800 homes.
In 1971, Havlik joined with a partner to start Commercial Marketing and Management Consultants (COMCO), specializing in the development management and sale of new housing developments. Over the next nine years the company grew and became a building company for five real estate service businesses.
In 1981, Havlik was the catalyst of a private/public company merger and became a member of the board of directors and a major stockholder of the Benchmark Companies, manufacturers of modular housing with plants in Grand Junction, Colorado, Dayton, Ohio and Crossville, Tennessee. The same year, he teamed with a partner to acquire the United Development Company from Aetna Life and Urban Investment and Development in a $31 million transaction. He served as the President of United Development, which developed properties in over fifteen chicagoland locations. He was also Chairman of United Management Company, a holding company that held properties in several western states.Havlik served as national Vice Chairman of the Marketing Department of Homebuilders Association, and on the boards of both the Home Builders Association of Greater Chicago and Northern Illinois Homebuilders; and Chairman of the Land Use Committee and Housing Services Divisions of the Chicago Association of Commerce and Industry; and served on the board of directors for the Illinois Service Corporation.