School of Business and Economics Honors Retailer of the Year

School of Business and Economics Honors
Retailer of the Year

Annual Event Fetes Smart & Final's Roger M. Laverty

At its 14th annual Retailer-of-the-Year luncheon in October,
Cal State L.A.'s Institute of Retail Management honored Roger
M. Laverty III, President and CEO of Smart & Final, Inc. Also
recognized at what is considered by some within the field to be
"our industry's most significant annual event," were
48 high school and college students who each received an $800
scholarship. Close to 1,000 retailers and other dignitaries attended.

Seven of the honored students are business administration majors
at Cal State L.A. They include: Gary La Franais, Leandra Olague
and Chivoan Kao (Marketing Management); Shantai Powell, Michael
Resendez and Kil Young Oh(Retailing); and Yolanda Corral (Marketing/Fashion

Since 1982, the institute has honored a senior retail executive
each year for a lifetime of dedicated, outstanding service to
the retailing industry. Laverty joins a prestigious group of past
honorees that includes, among others, William S. "Bill"
Davila (The Vons Companies), Jack H. Brown (Stater Bros. Markets),
Wilfred C. Stroud (Strouds), Edward L. Butterworth (Fedco, Inc.),
and John V. Shields (Trader Joe's Company).

Founded in 1980 by Bernard Codner (Marketing), CSLA's Institute
of Retail Management launched the first retailing major for business
students on the West Coast and initiated a retailing certificate
program. In 1991, the institute created the College Incentive
Program, now recognized as one of the nation's finest programs
for inner-city youth. Funded by the U.S. Department of Labor and
strongly supported by the retail industry, the program is administered
jointly by the Institute of Retail Management, the Los Angeles
Unified School District, the Private Industry Council of Los Angeles,
and the City of Los Angeles Community Development Department.