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DAVACO’S Rick Davis Named to SMU Executive Board
CEO of Leading Retail Services Provider to Serve Cox School of Business

Dallas, TX (October 23, 2008) – DAVACO, Inc. (, the national leading provider of retail services, announced today that Rick Davis, CEO/Owner of DAVACO, has been named to the Executive Board of Southern Methodist University’s Cox School of Business. During his three year term, Davis will be responsible for working with other board members to provide guidance on specific initiatives and improvement programs related to the Cox School of Business (

“We are pleased to welcome Rick to our distinguished Executive Board,” said Dr. Albert Niemi, Jr., Dean of SMU’s Cox School of Business. “We realize the importance of having the input and direction of business community leaders like Rick Davis to assure that Cox maintains its top national ranking in its undergraduate and graduate programs. Rick’s vision, entrepreneurial spirit and business experience will be a valuable asset to our efforts.”

Rick Davis currently serves as the chief executive officer of DAVACO, where he is responsible for the overall management and strategic development of the company. Originally known as Fixture Perfect International (FPI), Davis founded the company in 1990 to meet the unique needs of retailers. Under his leadership, the company has achieved double-digit average annual growth and has been named six times to the Dallas 100 by the Curuth Institute for Entrepreneurship at SMU’s Cox School of Business.  Davis was a finalist for the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year in 2000 and 2006 and inducted into the Retail Construction Hall of Fame in 2006. He currently serves on the Advisory Board to the Salvation Army. Prior to DAVACO, he was a Dallas-based developer of commercial and residential properties.

About SMU’s Cox School of Business
Founded in 1920, the SMU Cox School of Business equips students with the skills, knowledge, and experiences they need to succeed in business. Major publications—including BusinessWeek, The Economist, Financial Times, Forbes, U.S. News & World Report and The Wall Street Journal—rank SMU Cox among the top business schools in the nation and around the world.

The Cox School offers a full range of undergraduate and graduate degree programs, as well as innovative executive education programs encompassing all aspects of business leadership and management. The school is led by Dean Albert W. Niemi, Jr., an active teacher, scholar, and author. The SMU Cox School now serves over 1,000 BBAs, 60 Master of Science in Accounting students, 200 full-time MBAs, 500 professional MBAs and 200 EMBAs.

About DAVACO Inc.
DAVACO, the national leading provider of retail services, specializes in the quality management and execution of high-volume rollouts, retrofits, resets, in-store merchandising, shop-in-shops and associated logistics and consolidation. 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 merchandisingSite and marketing surveysLogistics and consolidationDesign servicesSpecial initiatives.  Founded in 1990, the company is based in Dallas, Texas, with over 700 employees across the country.  For more information, visit

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