“A Green Bay Packer”
Whether tackling education, business ventures, philanthropic service, or an NFL Superbowl title, “Willie” Davis excels with great skill and enthusiasm every time.
As President and CEO of All-Pro Broadcasting Company, Davis runs four radio stations including KACE in Los Angeles, the number two adult contemporary station and WLUM, Milwaukee’s highest rated top-40 station.
Yet Davis was managing challenges way before his radio days. Struggling through a childhood of poverty in Louisiana, he graduated with a BS from Grambling State University in 1956 as a Dean’s List student and captain of the football team.
Running with his athletic talent, Davis went on to play defensive end for twelve years with the NFL, ten of them as a Green Bay Packer with legendary coach Vince Lombardi. Davis holds the Green Bay Packer record for consecutive games played, never missing one in ten years.
This amazing feat of stamina was matched only by his success in the record books. He is a member of the five-time World Champion Green Bay Packers; team captain of Superbowl I and II; six-time selection to the NFL-All Pro team; and an inductee into the 1975 Green Bay Packer Hall of Fame.
Still, his greatest athletic milestones were yet to come. In 1981 Willie Davis was selected to the NFL Hall of Fame and the following year was first recipient of the Vince Lombardi Varsity Scout Award. He was voted NFL Man of the Year in 1987 and honored with the Supreme Court Justice Byron White Award to athletes for outstanding service to country, community, and team.
Davis’s football experience nurtured leadership and teamwork skills shaping him for the captain of industry he would become in the business world. While still playing the game, he actively prepared for the future, earning an MBA from the University of Chicago in 1968 and in 1969 retired from football to buy West Coast Beverage Company.
As president for 18 years, he acquired smaller distributorships and led the wine, beer, and beverage distribution company to steady growth, driving sales up from $2 million in 1970 to $20 million by 1988.
Davis displays this same dedication and drive in boardrooms of the numerous corporations and civic organizations he serves. He is a director of Sara Lee Corporation; K-Mart Corporation; Dow Chemical Company; MGM Grand Incorporated; Alliance Bank; WICOR Incorporated; Johnson Controls Incorporated; LA Gear; Strong Fund; Rally’s Incorporated; Kauffman Foundations; University of Chicago; Marquette University; Occidental College; Milwaukee School of Engineering; and Winston-Salem University.
In 1984, he served as Director of the US Olympic Committee and President Reagan appointed him to the President’s Commission on Executive Exchange.