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Carole Meekins: Positively Milwaukee

3/06/07 "The Gift of NFL Legend Willie Davis".

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There are days when I like my job. And there are days when I really love my job. Like the day I interviewed NFL Hall of Famer Willie Davis. We all know about his success on the field. Willie Davis made All Pro five times during the Packers glory years. He played in 6 NFL title games including the Packers first Super Bowls in the sixties. But Willie Davis did not rest on past laurels. After football, he started a entirely new career. But before embarking in the business world, Davis earned an MBA from the University of Chicago. He tackled his new career with the same determination and dedication he had in football. Today Willie Davis, president of All Pro Broadcasting Incorporated has sat on the boards of numerous Fortune 500 Companies..including MGM Mirage, Manpower, Sara Lee...Dow Chemicals, Johnson Controls, and We Energies..to name a few. Willie owns radio stations across the country including 3 in Milwaukee. They include 1290 WMCS-AM, 93.3 WJZI-FM and 102.1, WLUM-FM. But this Green Bay Packer Great has a strong commitment to the community. He recently received the Lifetime achievement recognition award from the Mother Kathryn Daniel's Conference Center. That event raised almost 470 thousand dollars. I was proud to emcee the event along with Keith Murphy, President of Conceptz Communications. Money raised will help inner city children. Davis tells me it is important that his radio stations tackle relevant social issues like teen pregnancy, drugs, and education. Willie Davis is a humble gracious man, who believes life is about giving back. He's one of the most successful black entrepreneurs in the country. He understands the value of wealth. But one of his proudest accomplishments? Making enough money to retire his hardworking single mother. When many people see Willie Davis often they see a rich man. But what I see is not his portfolio, but his humanity. I see a great man who makes us all a little richer. We are blessed that Willie Davis is on our team.

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