2014 ACTE Business Leader of the Year

Gordon W. Davis
Founder & Chairman
CEV Mulitmedia, Ltd.

ACTE sat down with Gordon after the ACTE Awards Banquet during CareerTech VISION.

Gordon Davis is the founder and chairman of CEV Multimedia Ltd., the nation’s leading producer of career and technical education materials. Founded in 1981, CEV is at the forefront of innovative educational materials, providing quality curriculum and educational resources for the subject areas of agricultural science and technology, business and marketing, family and consumer sciences, trade and industry, and career orientation.

As an agriculture teacher in Lake Stevens, Washington, Davis was never satisfied with the regular agriculture curriculum as offered in the texts he was given, and he continually sought out better outlets to engage and foster understanding in his students.

After completing a master’s degree and Ph.D. and serving as a university faculty member for 18 years, he decided to go into the video business to share his ideas and methods with other teachers. In its 30-year history, CEV Multimedia has teamed with recognized specialists, educators and publishers nationwide to produce an extensive instructional library of more than 35,000 edited minutes of video. CEV Multimedia was named to both the Governor’s State of Texas Small Business Award and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Blue Ribbon Small Business Award lists in 2012.

Davis has dedicated his staunch support to the CTE field, advocating for CTE in state boards of education in more than a dozen states. As a philanthropist, Davis has awarded more than 654 scholarships and has helped grow nine endowments, totaling $4.7 million combined since 1986, and has donated time, resources and funds to more than 27 CTE organizations on both state and national levels. Throughout his 44-year career, Davis has received 49 university, business and industry awards, and credits his success to his team of colleagues.

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