VM 2013 Global Leadership Summit Slideshow

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NEW YORK—Nearly 400 executives from the ECP, retail, insurance, product and lab arenas attended Vision Monday’s 7th annual Global Leadership Summit here on Wednesday. The daylong event at The New York Times Center featured a comprehensive program emphasizing creativity and invention and shone the spotlight on a range of ideas, trends and developments poised to impact the optical business.

In keeping with his tradition of surprising the audience at the start of Vision Monday’s Global Leadership Summit, Jobson Medical Information CEO Marc Ferrara walked out onto the stage at the seventh annual event wearing a casual outfit of black jeans, an untucked shirt and black Converse sneakers. Stepping out in this unexpected departure from “business attire” to illustrate the Summit’s theme of “Imagination-Invention, Succeeding in a Culture of Change,” he invited the audience to “challenge the expectations that rule the day and set the boundaries of your business.”

Fitting the Imagination-Invention theme, the premier sponsors of this year’ s event were Adlens and Essilor. Signature sponsors were Luxottica and VSP Global and Supporting Sponsors were Alcon, CareCredit, DAC Vision, and International Vision Expo.

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Fast Company's Robert Safian closed out the day with his keynote speech.

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Jobson's Marc Ferrara welcomes the attendees to the Summit.

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The Summit was a sold-out event attracting nearly 400 attendees.

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Howard Purcell, Essilor of America, addressed the Summit audience about threats to independent optometry.

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Preparing for the start of the Summit, Mike Ferrara, Adlens (l) and Jobson Information Services Group's Marc Ferrara.

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VSP Global's Kate Renwick-Espinosa with VSP's Dave Plevyak.

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(L to R) David Plogmann, Luxottica Retail with The Vision Council's Ed Greene and Rene Shephard.

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AOAExcel's Karen Bergfeld and Alcon's Dwight Akerman, OD.

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CareCredit's Randy Baldwin with Jennifer Buildt.

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(L to R) Matt Swartz, Essilor of America; Bill Clove, Essilor; David Golden, OD; Golden Optometric; and Steve Bailey, Essilor of America get ready for the start of the Summit.

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(L to R) Viva was represented by Barry Jones; Kelly O'Gady; Jan Cory; Dawn Fischer; Celina Huizar-Fouts; Robert Scott; and Martin Seebacher.

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(L to R) Leo MacCanna, Ocuco; Gordon Bishop, Sunland Optical; and Janet Johnson, Ocuco.

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Ed Zajac, Alcon (l) and Gary Gerber, OD, The Power Practice.

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Barry Baressi, AOA (l) and Ed Greene, the Vision Council.

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Jobson's Marge Axelrad makes her opening remarks and introduces the day's speakers.

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Real Goulet, Essilor Labs of America (l) and Raanan Naftolovich, Shamir.

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Essilor's Rod Tahran, (l) and Jean-Felix Biosse Duplan.

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Kate Reid, VSP (l) and Alan Yuster, PFO Global.

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Joe Donahue, Carl Zeiss Vision (l), with Julie King, Walmart.

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(L to R) Transitions Optical Larissa Bryan, Dave Cole and John Ligas.

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(L to R) Costco's Art Salas and Denis Mogil, with National Vision's Angela Lehmkuhle.

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American Optical Services Pierre Keyser (l) and Mark Mialon flank Essilor's Tim Spencer.

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Speakers (L to R) Ami Dror, Xpand; Kevin Rankin, eSight Corp.; Keith Thompson, MD, DigitalVision Systems; and Kip Fyfe, 4iiii Innovations Inc.

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Marchon's Mark Ginsberg and Leslie Muller.

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(L to R) Michaela Hllucha, Adlens; Gerard Santinelli, Santinelli International; Reade Fahs, National Vision; and Alan Yuster, PFO Global.

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SUNY College of Optometry's David Heath, OD and Richard Soden, OD.

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James Galinsky, Zyloware (l) with Kaiser Permanente's Steve Levenson.

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Jack Schaeffer, OD, Schaeffer Eye Associates (l) with Jonathan Rosin, MD, Rosin Eyecare.