Veteran Optical Executive Timothy Aiken Joins Cleinman Performance Partners in Management Role

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Wednesday, February 8, 2023 12:18 AM ONEONTA, N.Y.—Cleinman Performance Partners, has appointed Timothy Aiken, a veteran optical industry executive, as senior vice president and chief revenue officer. Aiken was named to the position by CEO and founder Alan Cleinman. “Tim will lead all sales, marketing, and communications functions,” explained Cleinman. “With over two decades of success in sales, marketing, and operations within our industry, Tim’s understanding of the eyecare market, and more specifically our clients and prospective clients, provides our firm with the right mix of knowledge and innovation to continue our position as North America’s premier business development consultancy for larger private optometry businesses.”

Mido 2023 Awards Sustainable Booths, Products and Stores

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Tuesday, February 7, 2023 12:21 AM MILAN—On the second day of Mido, February 5, 2023, organizers celebrated a number of frame companies and optical shops at the show’s annual awards ceremony. The ceremony took place in the Fashion District square, honoring optical centers, the most sustainable booth and, new this year, the companies most actively engaged in sustainability.

L’Amy America Names Kathryn Chambers as Senior Brand and Marketing Manager

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Friday, February 3, 2023 12:18 AM NORWALK, Conn.—L’Amy America, part of International Luxury Group, has announced Kathryn Chambers as senior brand and marketing manager. Chambers has an experienced background in brand and marketing management including many years at Timex.

Colleagues Remember Contributions of HPC Puckett Advisory's Thomas Puckett, 70, Who Passed Away on Jan. 27

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Thursday, February 2, 2023 12:15 AM RANCHO SANTA FE, Calif.—Colleagues, business partners and family are recognizing the contributions of the late Thomas F. Puckett, founder of the HPC Puckett Advisory Company, who passed away at age 70 on Jan. 27.

ANFAO, Leading Women's Organizations and Eyewear Industry Leaders Will Take Part in 'Empowering Women's Leadership' Event and Observatory, on Feb. 4 at Mido

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Wednesday, February 1, 2023 12:21 AM MILAN—A new program, "Empowering Optical Women Leadership: The Challenge of Eyewear" is kicking off at a special session on the first morning of Mido later this week, an initiative of ANFAO, the Italian Optical Goods Manufacturers association in partnership with Italy's Bellisario Foundation.

Industry Executive Tarrence Lackran Launches EYECONS Agency

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Wednesday, February 1, 2023 12:18 AM NEW YORK—Tarrence Lackran, also known on Instagram as @TheOpticalPoet, is announcing the formation and launch of the EYECONS Agency, a multi-faceted firm, effective today.

OSRX Names New Chief Formulation Officer

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Wednesday, February 1, 2023 12:15 AM EL SEGUNDO, Calif.—Brian Holdorf, a long-time compounding pharmacist who joined OSRX, an affiliate of Ocular Science when it was formed in 2019, has been named chief formulation officer for the company.

Kathleen Steele Named President of VSP Ventures

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Monday, January 30, 2023 12:24 AM RANCHO CORDOVA, Calif.—VSP Vision announced that Kathleen Steele has been named president of VSP Ventures. In the role, Steele will lead the company’s business unit that provides care-focused choices for doctors of optometry looking for practice transition options. She will report to Kate Renwick-Espinosa, president of VSP Vision Care. “Kathleen’s skill set and experience in business development and scaling optometric services make her the right leader to accelerate the growth of VSP Ventures and ensure our unique transition options are available to doctors that protect practice legacy and put care first,” said Renwick-Espinosa. “We’re thrilled to welcome her to the team.”

Rock4Sight to Return to Vision Expo East 2023

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Monday, January 30, 2023 12:21 AM NEW YORK—Rock4Sight 2023, will be back at the Hard Rock Café to celebrate the optical industry and raise funds for ECN Purpose, a 501c3 Charity dedicated to providing both eye health education and connection to vision care to the underserved. The party begins on Saturday, March 18 at 8:30 pm at the Hard Rock Cafe in Times Square, New York City. As in the past, this will be a fun night of music, dancing, camaraderie and industry fellowship, however, this year features a new twist.

Blenders Eyewear Expands Athlete Roster With Anikha Greer, Sasha DiGiulian and Orla Walsh

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Friday, January 27, 2023 12:15 AM SAN DIEGO—Blenders Eyewear has expanded its athlete roster with the addition of CrossFit athlete Anikha Greer, professional climber Sasha DiGiulian and Team Ireland cyclist Orla Walsh.

Marcolin Group Appoints Alessio Puleo as Group Marketing Director

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Thursday, January 26, 2023 12:15 AM LONGARONE—Marcolin has announced the appointment of Alessio Puleo as group marketing director. Puleo began working at Marcolin in 2021 and reports directly to CEO and general manager Fabrizio Curci.

Black EyeCare Perspective Names Essence Johnson, OD, Executive Director

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Wednesday, January 25, 2023 12:18 AM PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla.—Black EyeCare Perspective has named Essence Johnson, OD, FAAO, Dipl ABO, as the first executive director of the non-profit. Dr. Johnson has served as the organizations chief visionary officer.

Charmant USA Appoints Mick Kunish Director of Business Development

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Wednesday, January 25, 2023 12:15 AM MORRIS PLAINS, N.J.—Charmant Group has announced that Charmant USA named Mick Kunish its new director of business development. Kunish has 22 years of optical industry experience.

Tickets and Sponsorships Still Available for the 2023 Prevent Blindness Person of Vision Award Gala Honoring Megan Molony, National Vision, Inc.

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Tuesday, January 24, 2023 12:24 AM CHICAGO—Tickets and sponsorships are still available for the 2023 Prevent Blindness Person of Vision Award event, honoring Megan Molony, senior vice president, chief merchandising and managed care officer, of National Vision Inc. The award presentation event will take place on March 16, 2023, at 583 Park Avenue, New York, N.Y., in conjunction with Vision Expo East. As VMAIL reported, the Prevent Blindness Person of Vision Award recognizes an individual, corporation and/or organization whose inspired outlook champions healthy vision and its importance for a healthy life. Individual tickets may be purchased for $350 per person directly at https://preventblindness.org/events/2023-person-of-vision/.

More Speakers Join VM Summit 'Insight, Unseen' Program on March 15 in NYC

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Monday, January 23, 2023 12:24 AM NEW YORK—Several new speakers are joining the program roster at the upcoming Vision Monday Leadership Summit, "Insight, Unseen: How Leaders Uncover, Design and Scale Innovations." The live, in-person event to be held in New York on Wednesday, March 15, 2023, will feature prominent voices and key opinion leaders in communications, business consulting, human resources, retailing and vision care. Their ideas will inform a daylong program designed for senior decision makers and influencers from throughout the optical industry and eyecare professions.