Married with two adult children and a home in Ada, Mich., E. Bernard “Bernie” Haviland has been CEO of Haviland Enterprises, Inc. (HEI) for the past 10 years. Founded in Grand Rapids, Mich., in 1934, HEI, is comprised of two unique divisions, more than 250 employees and more than 600,000 square feet of chemical manufacturing and warehousing devoted to formulating, manufacturing and contract packaging, offering innovative chemistry for the industrial, pharmaceutical, food and swimming pool industries.
Bernie’s academic credentials include a BS in Economics and an MBA from Arizona State University. Throughout his career, Bernie has guided HEI in developing an international profile, sourcing globally and selling in Australia, Canada, Mexico, and Brazil. As CEO, he has sold three companies and purchased another three to focus in markets where they could best compete. With the introduction of “Lean”, HEI has been able to change their culture from a top-down environment to one of shop floor empowerment. And finally, in 2012, they completed the transition to a 100 percent ESOP Corp.
Bernie believes NASF is an umbrella organization covering all aspects of surface finishing. At its base are local chapters that feed into a national organization. Legislation occurs at all levels of government so he reminds others that having a strong, local chapter is critical to the organization’s success. Speaking from many years of experience, Bernie affirms that involvement in local, as well as national issues will reward anyone willing to invest their time and effort with a sense of satisfaction and accomplishment.
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