Food Marketing Institute has presented the Robert B. Wegman Award for Entrepreneurial Excellence to Bristol Farms president and CEO Kevin Davis.

Kevin DavisDavis received the honor at FMI’s Midwinter Executive Conference in Phoenix. Davis credited his parents for his work ethic, focus and early confidence, but he said he received most of his mentoring under Ralphs Grocery Co. executives Byron Allumbaugh, Patrick Collins, Jim Brown and Al Marasca.

Davis continued to motivate this creative spirit in his role invigorating the independent operator community at FMI through his dedication to committee activities that help his fellow, smaller store operators compete in the food retail space. Davis is also a prominent member of the food retail community, serving on FMI’s Board of Directors and as chairman of the 2014 Midwinter Executive Conference.


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“I’ve yet to meet someone who understands his customers, his associates, his role and what the company should be more than Kevin Davis,” Norman Mayne, CEO of Dorothy Lane and past-recipient of the Wegman Award, said in a video testimonial. “His insight on the profits and opportunities is outstanding; he's somebody that we can all learn from.”

Davis is immediate past-chairman of the California Grocers Association; director, past president and currently advisory board member of the Western Association of Food Chains; and past chairman of Unified Western Grocers. He was named Alumnus of the Year by the University Southern California Food Industry Management Program in 1999 and Executive of the Year in 2011.

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