April 8, 2017|www.visionmonday.com


Reliving The 'Expo Experience'

NEW YORK—Attendees at last week’s Vision Expo East were quick to share their #VisionExpo, #bigapple, #inspiration, #luxuryeyewear experiences on social media. Here’s a sampling of posts from folks in all walks of optical life—attendees to exhibitors and of course, the biggest star of all—New York City.
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Executive moves, mergers, bills and trends at Expo all topped this week's VMail news feed. Click on the headlines below to catch up on anything you might have missed.

Sunglass Hut North America Names Pradi as New GM

Essilor Execs Discuss Pending Luxottica Merger

Proposed Calif. Bill Would Require Doctor Review of Children’s Eye Exams

National Optronics Names DAC Vision as Distributor

Expo Attendees Get First Look at Upcoming Trends

PogoTec Expands Team for Consumer Launch in Optical Shops and Practices

Rockin’ the Night Away for Fun and Funds

NEW YORK—Looking back a week later, it’s clear that the Rockin’ For New Eyes benefit concert was mainly about two things: fun and funds. First, let’s talk about the fun. It began as soon as the New Eyes team started decorating the Hard Rock Cafe. As Bob Stein of National Vision explained, “At 5:00 pm on gig day and the venue looked like it would at any lunchtime with no “Rockin’ For New Eyes” feel. By 8:00 pm the New Eyes team had transformed the room into a unique event venue with a true optical industry party and rock and roll vibe.”
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It was a bittersweet moment Thursday morning when Jack Nicklaus and Gary Player hit their ceremonial tee shots to start The Masters golf tournament at Augusta. After their drives, the legendary golfers paid tribute to the late Arnold Palmer, who in the past has been on the first tee with Nicklaus and Player for the start of the annual tournament.

This year, a green jacket (which goes to winners of The Masters each year) was draped over a white chair on the tee box in memory of Palmer, who passed away last September.

In addition to his excellence in golf, Palmer was recognized as a humanitarian and philanthropist. His support was instrumental in The Arnold Palmer Medical Center Foundation, which helps fund the Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children and the Winnie Palmer Hospital for Women & Babies in central Florida. There’s also an Arnie’s Army Charitable Foundation that continues Palmer’s legacy of philanthropy and supports such efforts as development of children and youth, health and wellness initiatives, and environmental causes.

What Are You Drinking??

Spring has sprung, which means outdoor seating has opened at most bars. Email us at VMailWeekend@VisionMonday.com and let us know what your favorite springtime cocktail is.

Main Street Takes on Vision Expo East in Interactive Pop-Up Talk

NEW YORK—On Friday, March 31 at Vision Expo East, Vision Monday’s editors, Stephanie Sengwe and Jamie Wilson brought Main Street to the Galleria with an interactive Pop-Up Talk titled Bricks & CLICKS: Social Media Meets Optical on Main Street.
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