OD Excellence Names Gleek Its New Director of Vendor Relations
|October 19, 2012 12:18 AM
OD Excellence (ODX) has appointed Al Gleek to the new role of director of vendor relations.
Gleek brings over 30 years of optical industry experience to ODX, including expertise in the global development of new products, exploring new technologies and working with a diverse customer base of leading sport and fashion brands in the sunwear product arena. Gleek’s experience includes wholesale lab ownership and contact lens distributorship, and he was the manager of Sola Optical Technical Service Department and served as national sales manager for Bausch and Lomb Sunwear.
Jerry Lieblein, OD, founder and CEO of ODX, told VMail, “Al Gleek was brought in to build the vendor discount network to help the members cut their cost of goods. What is common in the industry is [when] vendors give pricing breaks to customers who buy in large volumes, small optometric businesses are at a disadvantage. They usually can’t afford to purchase in huge quantities like the larger groups. ODX offers to level the playing field to allow optometrists to compete with bigger sellers. Also, Al’s job is to find vendors who will offset the dues so there will be no barrier to membership.”
Lieblein added, “ODX is not a buying group, but an ‘enhancement company’ that uses its power of membership to raise the top line while lowering the bottom line. Al’s position as a director will enable the membership to have a significant decrease in the cost of goods in the optometric practice.”
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