Meet the #Achievers—VM's Most Influential Women in Optical 2019

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Tuesday, July 16, 2019 12:24 AM NEW YORK—This week, Vision Monday announced its roster of #Achievers, women from throughout the business and profession who were nominated and selected by VM's editors as 2019’s "Most Influential Women in Optical." This special program, now in its 17th year, is eagerly awaited by VM readers. This diverse group consists of executives, sales and marketing professionals, ECPs, administrators, researchers and teachers. This eclectic mix is emblematic of the broad reach of women in our industry and indicative of how deeply they are embedded in its fabric.

Blackfin Names Filippo Pustetto Global Sales Director

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Monday, July 15, 2019 12:21 AM BELLUNO, Italy—Pramaor, the company specializing in the manufacture of high-end titanium eyewear under the Blackfin brand, has named Filippo Pustetto as its global sales director. Pustetto began his role on July 8, and will report directly to CEO Nicola Del Din. In this role, Pustetto will define and implement a new sales strategy consistent with Blackfin’s growth, sales, and profit objectives. He will also work on the development and management of the Blackfin sales force, which consists of 30 direct sales agents and 25 distributors in 35 countries.

ABB Optical Group Adds John Weber to Board of Directors

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Friday, July 12, 2019 12:15 AM CORAL SPRINGS, Fla.—ABB Optical Group has announced the addition of John Weber to its board of directors. Weber has worked in the optical industry for more than 25 years, most recently as chief commercial officer for Hoya Vision. Before joining Hoya, Weber was chief executive officer at Vision-Ease Lens and has held a number of senior leadership roles within CooperVision, Inc., including president. Weber graduated from the University of Minnesota with a degree in economics, has an MBA from St. Mary’s College in Moraga, California, and was a captain in the U.S. Army.

Centennial Optical Appoints Two Vice Presidents and Director, Human Resources

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Wednesday, July 10, 2019 12:24 AM TORONTO — Allen Nightingale, president of Centennial Optical, announced several executive appointments which became effective June 28th. These included the promotions of Gerald Johns to vice president of frame sales and Mike Jones to vice president of lens sales, both taking on additional responsibilities for marketing and sales administration. Lina Connor was named director of human resources, with added responsibility for payroll, for Centennial Optical Limited. Johns is in his 26th year with Centennial, having served first as manager of customer service prior to becoming a sales representative for the company in 2000. He was promoted to sales manager in 2006 and director of sales for the frame division in 2013.

AAOF Announces 2019 Joe and Janet Barr Early Career Cornea and Contact Lens Research Award Recipients

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Wednesday, July 3, 2019 12:18 AM ORLANDO, Fla.—The American Academy of Optometry Foundation has announced the recipients of the 2019 Joe and Janet Barr Early Career Cornea and Contact Lens Research Award. This award provides an MS, PhD, vision science, or physiological optics student attending a school or college of optometry seed funding for a research project in cornea/ocular surface or contact lenses. This year, due to the joint meeting of the American Academy of Optometry and the World Council of Optometry, two awards were given to include students who study outside the United States.

Dr. Alan R. Morse Will Retire As President and CEO of Lighthouse Guild

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Friday, June 28, 2019 12:18 AM NEW YORK—James M. Dubin, chairman of the Board of Lighthouse Guild, announced Wednesday that Alan R. Morse, JD, PhD will be stepping down later this year as president and CEO of Lighthouse Guild after an extraordinary career of almost 52 years as a leader and innovator in the field of vision and health. “Dr. Morse is an innovator with a deep commitment to providing quality programs and services for people with vision loss,” said Dubin. “His leadership has changed how we as a society think about blindness and low vision.

ABB Optical Group Announces New Director of Strategic Partnerships

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Tuesday, June 25, 2019 12:18 AM CORAL SPRINGS, Fla.—ABB Optical Group, a leading provider of optical products and business services in the eyecare industry, announced that Mike Austin has joined the company as director of strategic partnerships. In his new position, Austin will be instrumental in identifying, developing and maximizing the relationships between ABB Optical and leading organizations in the optical industry. These relationships will focus on developing programs that focus on the ECP, the patients they serve and the teams that they lead, while delivering strategic value for the participating organizations, the company said.

Alcon Announces Clark as GM of U.S. Vision Care and Anderson as Director of Professional Education

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Friday, June 21, 2019 12:27 AM FORT WORTH, Texas—Alcon (SIX/NYSE:ALC) said this week that it has welcomed “two key additions to its U.S. vision care team.” They are: Sean Clark, who was appointed general manager, U.S. vision care, and Dr. Kristin Anderson, who joined Alcon as the director of professional education, U.S. vision care and dry eye. The announcement came as Alcon issued its schedule of events for this week meeting of the American Optometric Association (AOA) at Optometry’s Meeting in St. Louis.

EnChroma Expands Leadership Team, Adds Over 100 New Retail Partners

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Friday, June 21, 2019 12:24 AM BERKELEY, Calif. & ST. LOUIS—At the annual meeting of the American Optometric Association, EnChroma, announced yesterday the addition of three experienced executives to the company’s leadership team, and significant growth in its domestic and international retail channels. Since last year, the number of vision practices offering EnChroma eyewear to their color blind patients by joining the EnChroma Authorized Retailer Network has nearly doubled to over 250, and is growing, the company said in a statement. The practices are in the U.S., Canada and Europe.

Rev360 Names John Fowle New Chief Financial Officer

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Friday, June 21, 2019 12:21 AM MADISON, Wis.—Rev360 has announced the addition of John Fowle as the company’s new chief financial officer. Fowle holds a BA in business administration from the University of Southern California, an MBA from the University of California, Irvine, and is a licensed CPA. Before joining Rev360, Fowle held senior positions at Panasonic and GE Healthcare, and was most recently vice president, corporate controller, and officer of Welltok, a provider of technology solutions that connect consumers with personalized health improvement resources.

VSP Optics Names GSRx as ‘Unity Lab of the Year’

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Wednesday, June 19, 2019 12:18 AM RANCHO CORDOVA, Calif.—VSP Optics announced that Global Source Rx (GSRx) is the recipient of the annual “Unity Lab of the Year” award. GSRx, an optical manufacturing laboratory based in Scottsdale, Ariz., received the award for its exceptional quality of work, superior service, sales volume and overall performance in 2018, VSP Optics said in a statement. “The GSRx team has been strong supporters of the Unity brand for years, and it has been a pleasure to continue working with them closely to offer an innovative portfolio of products to eyecare professionals,” said Todd Riley, director of wholesale business development for VSP Optics.

Quantum Names Devon Abblitt Director of Business Development

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Friday, June 14, 2019 12:18 AM CENTRAL POINT, Ore.—Quantum Innovations, a supplier of anti-reflective coating solutions and ophthalmic equipment, has named Devon Abblitt as director of business development. Abblitt has been with Quantum since 2012 as a field service engineer and system administrator. In his new role he will focus on global business development and strengthened customer relations. Abblitt brings extensive technical expertise to the sales team to help the company expand distribution of Quantum coatings and services in the ophthalmic industry and beyond.

Zoppas to Focus on Thelios CEO Role, Overseeing Joint Venture Between Marcolin Group and LVMH

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Wednesday, June 12, 2019 12:24 AM LONGARONE, Italy—Marcolin Group announced yesterday operational changes within its organization, noting that Giovanni Zoppas, who most recently served as executive chairman of Marcolin would be remaining as a director of the board of the group but is moving to focus on his role at Thelios as CEO and general manager of the joint venture established by Marcolin with the LVMH Group. The move, the announcement said, is part of an agreed-upon plan between the parties, aimed at maximizing the overall value of the Marcolin Group.

EyeCare Services Partners Adds Rick Hoffner as Vice President of Operations, Central Region

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Wednesday, June 12, 2019 12:21 AM DALLAS—EyeCare Services Partners (ESP), a private equity-backed firm specializing in integrated eyecare services, has appointed Rick Hoffner as vice president of operations for its central region, effective June 10, according to an announcement this week. Hoffner will lead the operations of ESP’s integrated portfolio of eyecare practices in Illinois, including Hauser Ross Eye Institute, Chicagoland Retinal Consultants, Smith-Perry Eye Center, Midwest Eye Center, Retina Group Chicago, Lakeside Eye Group, Lawrence Eye Care, Chicago Eye Consultants, VZN Eye Care and Yavitz Eye Center, the announcement noted.

Mondottica International Announces Senior Management Appointments

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Tuesday, June 4, 2019 12:21 AM LONDON—Mondottica International has announced a series of management appointments. According to Mondottica's founder and CEO Michael Jardine, the purpose of the appointments is "to strengthen the senior management team while accelerating the group's steady growth and seamless integration of its divisions globally." Anthony Pessok has been named chief commercial officer for Mondottica International. Pessok comes from his longstanding role as managing director for EMEA at Perry Ellis International, a multi-faceted global brand owner and operator. Prior to that, Pessok owned and operated successful fashion enterprises in the U.K. and overseas. He will be London-based.