August 31, 1987 |
In a group outside a conference room where Vons Cos. President William S. Davila was about to speak, a food industry executive asked his companions: "So, how does he say his name? "Is it Bill Duh-VIL-a (the Anglicized pronunciation) or Bill DAH-vee-la (the Spanish version)?" It all depends, Davila explained a few weeks later. A first-generation Mexican-American, Davila says he pronounces his name in Spanish among fellow Latinos and reserves the Anglicized version for others.
November 5, 1994 |
In an apparent attempt to defuse a controversy over its campaign support of Republican Gov. Pete Wilson, Vons Cos. paid for a newspaper ad Friday attacking Proposition 187 that was signed by its president emeritus, William S. Davila. The full-page ad, which ran in English in Friday's Los Angeles Times and in Spanish in the Spanish-language daily La Opinion, did not mention Vons, the largest supermarket chain in Southern California.
September 25, 1991
William S. Davila, president and chief operating officer of the Vons Companies Inc., was keynote speaker and one of eight recipients of the Hispanic Excellence Award Friday at Northern Trust of California's annual Hispanic recognition luncheon at the Beverly Hills Hotel. The award recognizes individuals who promote positive images of Latinos in California and inspire Latino youth to achieve personal and professional excellence.
November 19, 1987
Southern California food retailers and manufacturers culminate a multimillion dollar fund-raising effort for the City of Hope National Medical Center Tuesday evening with the Annual Harvest Ball at the Century Plaza Hotel in Century City. Operating as the Food Industries Circle since 1973, volunteers from local supermarket chains and food companies have raised more than $10 million during previous campaigns for the City of Hope in Duarte.
January 16, 1985 |
William S. Davila, 53, has been named president and chief operating officer of the Vons supermarket chain. Davila is a 37-year employee of the firm. He replaces Jerome C. Fahey, former president of Vons, who has taken early retirement from the El Monte-based company. Fahey has joined a major competitor, Lucky Stores Inc., based in Dublin, Calif. Fahey, 57, who had been with Vons Grocery Co. for 30 years, had held the top-ranking job until Roger E.