George Billingsley Dies at Age 73

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George Billingsley of Bella Vista, owner of International Tours of Northwest Arkansas and former chairman and CEO of Pacific Resources Export Ltd., died July 31 after a battle with cancer.

Sam Walton, founder of Wal-Mart Stores Inc., hired Billingsley in 1989 to find factories for Wal-Mart overseas.

Billingsley and a partner bought PREL in 1991. By 2001, the company was inspecting 5,000 overseas vendor factories for Wal-Mart each year. About half of those factories were in China.

Wal-Mart took over PREL’s duties in February.