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DAVACO NAMED
TEXAS FAMILY BUSINESS OF THE YEAR®

Davis Family Recognized by The Institute for Family Business at Baylor University

DALLAS (October 23, 2006) –DAVACO Inc., the leading national provider of retail services and solutions, has been named the Texas Family Business of the Year® by the Institute for Family Business at Baylor University. The Texas Family Business of the Year® program is presented annually by the Institute for Family Business, which is part of the John F. Baugh Center for Entrepreneurship at Baylor University’s Hankamer School of Business. The annual awards are designed to recognize and honor outstanding family firms from across the state.

The 17th annual awards will be presented on November 2, 2006 on the Baylor Campus in Waco, Texas. Rick Davis, chief executive officer/owner of DAVACO, will accept the award for Family Business of the Year in the large company category, along with his wife, Sheree, treasurer/secretary of DAVACO, and their two daughters, Paige, a senior at Baylor, and Meredith, a sophomore at First Baptist Academy in Dallas.

“It is a great honor to be recognized by Baylor University with this prestigious award. It’s special to share this achievement with my family whose support and involvement has contributed so much to the success of DAVACO,” said Rick Davis. “Few companies get the distinction of being acknowledged for demonstrating both strong business ethics and a commitment to family values. I share this award with the entire DAVACO family—all 600 of us,” he added.

The Texas Family Business of the Year is awarded in three general categories: Large (more than 151 employees), medium (51-150 employees) and small (50 or fewer employees). Firms are also recognized in other categories, including Family Values Award, Community Commitment Award, Fastest-Growing Family Business Award, Well-Managed Family Business Award, Founders Award and the Heritage Award. 

“We are pleased to acknowledge the Davis family and DAVACO.  As an outstanding family business, DAVACO exemplifies the importance of family and are role models in business and the community,” said Mary Abrahams, Assistant Director, The John F. Baugh Center for Entrepreneurship Hankamer School of Business at Baylor University. “DAVACO’s achievements certainly meet our high standards for success and we are pleased to recognize their accomplishments.”

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About DAVACO Inc.
DAVACO, the national leading provider of retail services, specializes in the quality management and execution of high-volume rollouts, retrofits, resets, and new stores. DAVACO offers a range of comprehensive services that helps retailers maximize brand presence and profitability at retail.  Services include: real estate, design services, project management, logistics and consolidation, store fixture and graphic installations, store and marketing surveys, soft- and hard-line merchandising programs, and sourcing.  Founded in 1990, the company is based in Dallas.  For more information, visit www.davacoinc.com.

Baylor University's Institute for Family Business recognizes firms whose families demonstrate a commitment to each other and to business continuity through its Annual Texas Family Business of the Year Awards. These firms are responsive to the needs of their employees, communities and industries. Through these programs, the Institute for Family Business helps to fulfill its mission to provide a forum for the development and dissemination of information relevant to the health and continuity of the family business. Other educational and planning programs available to family business owners through the Institute include annual conferences, breakfast seminars series and forum membership programs.  
http://www.baylor.edu/business/entrepreneur
/tx_family_business/

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