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February 14, 1990 | JESUS SANCHEZ
Vons Cos. President William S. Davila, who is featured in the supermarket company's television commercials, has revealed plans to take early retirement. Some of his duties will be assumed by a new vice chairman hired away from a rival company. Dennis K. Eck, vice chairman at American Stores, which owns Alpha-Beta and Lucky's supermarkets, will join Vons as part of a newly created, three-man office of the chief executive that will be headed by current Chairman Roger E. Strangeland.
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November 5, 1994 | MICHAEL A. HILTZIK, TIMES STAFF WRITER
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.
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BUSINESS
February 19, 1990 | STUART SILVERSTEIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Bill Davila, the Vons supermarket executive catapulted to near-celebrity status by his television and radio pitches, now faces one of his trickiest public relations jobs yet: He wants to assure people that he isn't being pushed out of his job. The supermarket industry has been rife with speculation over last week's announcement that Davila, 58, will take early retirement in April, 1992.
BUSINESS
February 19, 1990 | STUART SILVERSTEIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Bill Davila, the Vons supermarket executive catapulted to near-celebrity status by his television and radio pitches, now faces one of his trickiest public relations jobs yet: He wants to assure people that he isn't being pushed out of his job. The supermarket industry has been rife with speculation over last week's announcement that Davila, 58, will take early retirement in April, 1992.
BUSINESS
August 31, 1987 | JESUS SANCHEZ, Times Staff Writer
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.
BUSINESS
November 5, 1994 | MICHAEL A. HILTZIK, TIMES STAFF WRITER
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.
NEWS
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.
FOOD
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.
BUSINESS
January 16, 1985 | NANCY YOSHIHARA
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.
BUSINESS
February 14, 1990 | JESUS SANCHEZ
Vons Cos. President William S. Davila, who is featured in the supermarket company's television commercials, has revealed plans to take early retirement. Some of his duties will be assumed by a new vice chairman hired away from a rival company. Dennis K. Eck, vice chairman at American Stores, which owns Alpha-Beta and Lucky's supermarkets, will join Vons as part of a newly created, three-man office of the chief executive that will be headed by current Chairman Roger E. Strangeland.
BUSINESS
August 31, 1987 | JESUS SANCHEZ, Times Staff Writer
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.
NEWS
December 6, 1990 | JAMES RAINEY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The public knows him as a pitchman for fresh produce and quality meats, urging consumers to use double coupons and search his stores for "more buys." But some Republican activists thought that William S. Davila, president of the Vons supermarket chain, might do as good a job selling himself--as a candidate for the 1st District seat on the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors.
BUSINESS
October 2, 1989
Cheryl Clarke used to boast to her husband Chris about saving money on groceries with double coupons and manufacturers' rebates. "He was kind of patronizing," she said. "I thought, I'll show you." Well, show him she did. The El Cajon woman, who does much of her shopping at Vons, opened a bank account three years ago and poured into it all her savings on rebates, coupons and any extra money that was left over after she shopped for groceries each week.
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