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DAVACO and FGI of Dallas Announce Winners of Excellence in Merchandising Competition
Retail Services Company Recognizes Two Students with Scholarships

Dallas, TX (June 19, 2007) – DAVACO, Inc. and Fashion Group International® of Dallas recently announced the winners of the first annual Excellence in Merchandising Competition at FGI’s Career Day 2007 Style Symposium in Dallas, Texas on April 20, 2007.  Rebecca Renae Arevalo, a student at Texas A&M University Kingsville, was awarded the first place honor and received a $1000 scholarship.  The second place winner and recipient of a $500 scholarship was Alice Weng, who is attending El Centro College. The merchandising competition, which was open to all students participating in the FGI Dallas Career Day, is designed to recognize outstanding performance by students in merchandising, marketing, branding and promotion at the retail level.

“We are pleased to be involved with an organization like FGI, whose support of the fashion industry and continuing education in retail, is an excellent complement to DAVACO’s mission to serve its retail clients,” said Shelly Vandeven, senior vice president of marketing, DAVACO, Inc.  “We congratulate both Rebecca and Alice and wish them success in their careers.” As the sponsor of the Excellence in Merchandising Competition, DAVACO developed the competition criteria and served on the award selection committee. 

DAVACO plans to sponsor the competition again in 2008. Details on the event and Excellence in Merchandising Competition will be posted in the fall of 2007 on FGI’s website at www.dallascareerday.org.

About Fashion Group International
The Fashion Group International is a global non-profit association of over 6,000 professionals of achievement and influence representing all areas of the fashion, apparel, accessories, beauty and home industries. One of the goals of FGI of Dallas is to administer the activities of The Fashion Group Foundation of Dallas, Inc. The purpose of the Foundation is to promote educational programs devoted to critical fashion and life style industry business issues through the creation and awarding of scholarships, and offering access to internship programs and entry-level job opportunities. www.dallascareerday.org

About DAVACO Inc.
DAVACO, the national leading provider of retail services, specializes in the quality management and execution of in-store merchandising, shop-in-shops and high-volume rollouts, retrofits, resets, and new stores. DAVACO offers a comprehensive range of services that helps retailers maximize brand presence and profitability at retail. Services include: ▪ Rollouts, retrofits, resets and remodelsFixture and graphics installationsProject servicesProject managementHard- and soft-line merchandising ▪ Site and marketing surveysLogistics and consolidationDesign servicesStrategic sourcing/procurement management. Founded in 1990, the company is based in Dallas, Texas, with over 600 employees across the country. For more information, visit www.davacoinc.com.

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