Dallas TX -- DAVACO, Inc. and Fashion Group International® of Dallas recently announced the winners of the third annual Excellence in Merchandising Competition at FGI’s Career Day 2009 Style Symposium in Dallas, Texas on April 17, 2009.

Moody Hall, College of Business, University of LouisianaLindsey Jones, a student at Texas Woman’s University, was honored as the first place winner and the recipient of a $1000 scholarship. Second place was awarded to Kelly DeRouen, University of Louisiana, with a $750 scholarship and third place was awarded to Dana Padgett, Stephen F. Austin University with a $250 scholarship.

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. DAVACO and FGI-Dallas partnered with Kenneth Cole New York to develop a competition based on the Kenneth Cole New York product line and corresponding brand merchandising in department stores across the country. The students were required to make a store visit to assess the brand’s existing conditions, including challenges and successes, and then submit a written report and merchandising board to visually represent their experience and ideas for improvement.

"I was very impressed with the quality and creativity of these students, and I applaud the efforts of these three award recipients," said Henry Thervil, director of sales for Kenneth Cole New York, who served on the award selection committee. "This competition provides an excellent experience for these future retail leaders and a wonderful way to earn scholarships to support their continued education. I saw a lot of talent and enthusiasm among these students, and I’m so pleased to have had the opportunity to participate in this event as a speaker and award presenter."

Fashion Group International’s Dallas Career Day is the largest and longest-running event of its kind in the country, with over 1,200 students and faculty members from 42 colleges and universities across 10 states. DAVACO and FGI will sponsor the competition again in 2010. Details on the event and Excellence in Merchandising Competition will be posted in the fall of 2009 on FGI’s website.

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. Visit the FGI website

About DAVACO Inc.
DAVACO, the national leading provider of retail services, specializes in the quality management and execution of high-volume rollouts, retrofits, resets, right-sizing, 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 remodels • Fixture and graphics installations • Project management • Hard- and soft-line merchandising • Site and marketing surveys • Logistics and consolidation • Design services • Special initiatives. Founded in 1990, the company is based in Dallas, Texas, with over 700 employees across the country. For more information, click

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