The Vision Council Hosts Inaugural Fast-Track Leadership Summit Prior to COLA Meeting

By Staff
Monday, May 13, 2019 12:00 AM ALEXANDRIA, Va.—The Vision Council wrapped up its time in Temecula, California last month with a successful inaugural Fast-Track Leadership Summit—held April 24 to 25—and COLA Spring Meeting—held April 25 to 26. Both events attracted industry leaders for networking opportunities and group discussions, plus essential panels and important industry insights. Kicking off the meetings was the first ever Fast-Track Leadership Summit hosted by The Vision Council, which gathered a select group of emerging optical industry leaders who were nominated by their peers to attend the summit.

Vision Source’s 'The Exchange' Meeting Opens Today in Tampa

By Staff
Wednesday, May 1, 2019 12:24 AM KINGWOOD, Texas—Vision Source, the largest network of private practice optometrists in North America, opened its annual national meeting, The Exchange, today at the Tampa Convention Center in Tampa, Fla. In celebration of independent optometry, this year’s event theme is “Lead On.” The four-day Exchange meeting provides attendees with a unique mix of continuing medical education, optometry supplier exhibition, and peer-to-peer best practice sharing. The nearly 3,000 optometrists and staff in attendance will engage in clinical and business discussions, purchase eyecare equipment, and connect with colleagues from across the nation, according to an announcement.

NFOS College Bowl Student Opticianry Event Sponsored by Hoya Vision Care Debuts at Vision Expo East

By Staff
Tuesday, March 26, 2019 12:24 AM LEWISVILLE, Texas—Students from eight schools participated in this past weekend’s National Federation of Opticianry Schools (NFOS)/Hoya College Bowl at OptiCon @ Vision Expo. Ophthalmic lens technology leader Hoya Vision Care sponsored the event Saturday evening at OptiCon at Vision Expo East. Zachary McDaniel from Roane State Community College was this year’s winner of the competition, which was attended by about 300 people, according to a Hoya Vision Care announcement. “Working with the NFOS has been a terrific opportunity for Hoya to connect with the schools of opticianry and students,” Hoya Vision Care, North America, chief marketing officer Grady Lenski said in the announcement.

Meet Me in Munich: Opti 2019 Hosts 28,000 Visitors

By Jamie Wilson
Monday, March 11, 2019 12:30 AM MUNICH, Germany—From Jan. 25 to 27 Vision Monday headed to the heart of Bavaria for opti 2019. Walking through show felt a little different this time around as the eyewear exhibition was featured among six halls of the Fairground Munich for the first time. However, the expansive show floor was no less packed as each section from hall C1 all the way to C6 was buzzing with foot traffic as it hosted around 28,000 visitors and 631 exhibitors.

SECO Installs Max Ernst, OD, as President, Announces Award Recipients

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Monday, March 11, 2019 12:30 AM NEW ORLEANS—SECO International, which concluded here late last month, announced that J. Max Ernst, OD, officially accepted the honor of being named president of the organization during the House of Delegates meeting at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center here. In addition, five honorees accepted their 2019 SECO International awards for leadership in optometry and their significant contributions to the profession.

The Vision Council Hosts Range of Speakers at 2019 Executive Summit

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Monday, March 11, 2019 12:30 AM ORLANDO, Fla.—The Vision Council’s 2019 Executive Summit was a mix of networking events, division and committee meetings, and inspiring keynote speakers focusing on the theme of “Contagious Leadership – Strategies for Cultivating People While Producing Business Results.” The event, held in late January at the Ritz-Carlton, Grande Lakes, gathered industry leaders to connect and conduct association business, notably approving the new members to The Vision Council’s board of directors, including incoming chairman Ken Bradley.

Transitions Academy Executives Preview 2019 Initiatives

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Monday, March 11, 2019 12:30 AM ORLANDO, Fla.—More than 900 industry professionals from 31 countries in North and South America met here last month at the J.W. Marriott Grande Lakes for the 23rd annual Transitions Academy. Transitions Optical executives used the occasion to provide attendees with details on how the brand is innovating, updates on current collaborations with industry partners and the timing of some key upcoming product launches, including the new Acuvue Oasys with Transitions contact lenses.

IDOC Marks 20th Anniversary at The Connection National Conference

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Monday, March 11, 2019 12:00 AM ORLANDO, Fla.—IDOC, a privately-held alliance of independent optometrists, hosted its National Conference, The Connection, at the Coronado Springs Resort here from Jan. 30 to Feb. 2. Over 500 independent optometrists, IDOC staff members and vendor partners, a record for the group, attended the three-day event, which also marked the 20th anniversary of IDOC. Dave Brown, IDOC president and CEO, addressed the core values of the company which have emerged over the past two decades, now serving as the driving force behind the “new” IDOC.

Mido Reports 59,500 in Attendance at 2019 Edition

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Wednesday, February 27, 2019 12:27 AM MILAN—The 49th edition of Mido closed earlier this week with organizers reporting attendance of 59,500, a slight increase in attendance from the prior year, attracting visitors from 159 countries to the three-day event, held here Feb. 23 through 25. “Eyewear is an Italian tradition that is now a leading global industry," stated Dario Galli, Italy’s vice minister of Economic Development, who was one of the dignitaries who visited the fair. He met with Mido and ANFAO president Giovanni Vitaloni during the show's BESTORE awards honoring optical stores from around the world, chosen from among the many candidates from 35 countries.

Early-Bird Registration for VM Global Leadership Summit Is Extended to Tonight

By Staff
Thursday, February 7, 2019 12:15 AM NEW YORK—Early-bird registration for the Vision Monday Global Leadership Summit has been extended and will expire at 11:59 p.m. today, Feb. 7, Summit organizers said. This exclusive live event will be held Wednesday, March 20, 2019 at the Times Center here, just prior to Vision Expo East that week.  The 2019 VM Summit is titled, "Decoding the Consumer: The New Science of Customer Behavior."

Transitions Academy Execs Preview 2019 Initiatives, Including April 1 Launch of New Acuvue Oasys With Transitions Contact Lenses

By Staff
Tuesday, February 5, 2019 12:21 AM ORLANDO, Fla.—More than 900 industry professionals from 31 countries in North and South America are meeting here this week at the J.W. Marriott Grande Lakes for the 23rd annual Transitions Academy. Transitions Optical executives used the occasion to provide attendees with details on how the brand is innovating, updates on current collaborations with industry partners and the timing of some key upcoming product launches, including the new Acuvue Oasys with Transitions contact lenses. Jacqueline Henderson, vice president of marketing, Johnson & Johnson Vision, North America, joined Catherine Rauscher, senior global director of business innovation, Transitions Optical, on the stage at Monday morning’s opening session for the announcement of April 1 as the official kickoff for the new Acuvue Oasys contact lenses in the U.S. and Canadian markets.

Central Networking and Learning Destination, the BRIDGE, to debut at Vision Expo East 2019

By Staff
Thursday, January 31, 2019 12:15 AM ALEXANDRIA, Va.—At Vision Expo East, show organizers will be introducing a new destination experience, the BRIDGE, designed to inspire learning, networking and socializing. Linking the Galleria and Underground pavilions to the Eyewear + Accessories pavilion, the BRIDGE will feature notable speakers, comfortable seating options, music and complimentary refreshments for all. Additionally, located in the heart of the BRIDGE, the stage will host several events to inspire members of the optical community, according to an announcement from show organizers.

VM Summit Update: Early Bird Pricing to End, New Speakers Announced

By Staff
Wednesday, January 30, 2019 12:18 AM NEW YORK—Early-bird registration for the Vision Monday Global Leadership Summit is set to expire at midnight on Jan. 31, Summit organizers said.The Summit program has been expanded to include two new speakers, Heike Young of Salesforce and global markets reporter Jill Malandrino. Heike Young has been researching and writing about trends in retail, marketing and customer experience at Salesforce.

NFOS College Bowl to Debut at Vision Expo East 2019

By Staff
Monday, January 28, 2019 12:21 AM ALEXANDRIA, Virgina—Opticon @ Vision Expo and the National Federation of Opticianry Schools (NFOS) have announced that they are collaborating to debut the NFOS College Bowl at Vision Expo East this year. The NFOS College Bowl, sponsored by Hoya Vision Care, will be a fast-paced quiz competition that tests 12 students from NFOS-member opticianry schools on their optical knowledge. The winning student will receive a monetary prize ad well as the NFOS College Bowl trophy for their college.

Eyewear Figures Prominently in CES 2019’s Future Vision

By Staff
Wednesday, January 9, 2019 12:24 AM LAS VEGAS—CES 2019, which kicked off on Tuesday, is the largest and most influential tech event in the world. It’s where the entire technology ecosystem gathers to conduct business, launch products, build brands and partner to solve some of today's most pressing societal challenges. More than 4,500 exhibitors will launch transformative tech to more than 180,000 attendees, encompassing 5G connectivity, artificial intelligence, augmented and virtual reality, smart cities and resilience, sports, robotics and more.