About Us - Park Forest Enterprises, Inc.
Park Forest Enterprises, Inc.
Park Forest Enterprises, Inc. Realtors® is a local property management and land-development company. Since our doors opened in 1979, our small company has been family owned and operated. At present, we manage both commercial and residential properties on behalf of individual owners. We have a leasing portfolio that spans beyond State College and across Centre County. We specialize in professional apartments, townhouses and single-family homes. Licensed real estate agents are available to answer questions about our current rental listings.
Please contact Samuel Hawbaker, Real Estate Broker, for information about our property management services. Park Forest Enterprises, Inc. is a member of the Centre County Multiple Listing Service through the Association of Realtors.
In addition, the Hawbaker family has a strong history of Real Estate education and professional certification. Samuel Hawbaker is a Certified Property Manager (CPM) by the Institute of Real Estate Management (IREM). Plus, Park Forest Enterprises, Inc. is an Accredited Management Organization (AMO).
The founder of Park Forest Enterprises, Inc. was J. Alvin Hawbaker. Mr. Hawbaker got his start in State College as a residential home builder and land developer. In 1943, J. Alvin established his first company, CV Construction. The construction company thrived in State College for many years. Later on, J. Alvin purchased the dense acreage knows as “The Barrens” in hopes of developing the land for residential use. This property is now the wooded neighborhood known as Park Forest Village. At the time, Park Forest Village was widely recognized for it’s visionary planning and design. After that, J. Alvin went into property management and soon managed of over 1,000 rental units.
Then in 1979, J. Alvin formed a property management company Park Forest Enterprises, Inc. In this venture, his business partners were his children Samuel Hawbaker and Joan Brower. From the beginning, Park Forest Enterprises was a family operated small business. And we have remained that way ever since.
Sam and Joan continued the company after J. Alvin passed away in 1995. For over 35 years, Sam has been the President and leader of Park Forest Enterprises. In 1998, Sam’s son, Todd Hawbaker, took full time employment with the family company. Todd worked his way up to become the leasing office manager. In recent history, Samuel imparted the President’s title to Todd, making Todd the third generation of company leadership.