ECPs Enjoy Learning Experience By The Beach at Block Business Group Academy

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BOCA RATON, Fla.—Two hundred eyecare professionals and another 90 exhibitors and course educators converged in the Florida sunshine last month to take part in the first Block Business Group Business Academy By The Beach at the Boca Raton Resort & Club here.

The multi-faceted program, featuring COPE/ABO approved CE, workshops and a trade show exhibit featuring top industry vendors and Block Practice Builder affiliates, was a major initiative of the Block Business Group. Said Michael Block, president, “The response was overwhelmingly positive. This was  a weekend of learning, networking and purchasing opportunities for Block members.” The program featured both clinical and practice/dispensary management courses as well as a healthy exhibit hall, networking receptions and dinners. VM was on the scene and provides a glimpse of some of the people and activities here.

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Gray Sass, OD, Wildwood Eyecare, Marietta, GA and his wife, Dr. Stuart Tasman, OD and his wife, Mary, Tasman Eye Associates, Kennesaw, GA; Judson Briggs, OD, Briggs Vision Group, Dunwoody, GA and wife Tammy Briggs.

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Michael Block welcomes ECP attendees and exhibitor partners to the first Block Business Academy By The Beach.

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From left to right: Seth Ullman, Shamir; Bruce Mossman, Shamir; Michael Block, Glen Hall, Golf Pro; Joe Savarese Jobson Interactive, Erik Lilijegren, Block Business Group; Rich Dailey, Shamir; Rachel Block Smith.

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Carolyn Walsh, Michael Block and Shannon Borton, Nassau Vision Group.

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Morel's Bill Corlett and Tom Castiglione.

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Keith Kamlich of Tura with Dr. Betsy Hancock, OD, Visual Difference, Bloomsberg, PA.

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From left to right: Brad Hoffar, Hoya; Dr. Joseph Hallak, OD, Hicksville, NY; David McMillian, Hoya.

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Michael Block with Ralph Kent Luzerne Optical.

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From left to right: Eric Rothenberg and Corey Saftler, Cynergy Data , a Block Practice Builder Affiliate, Dr. Lawerence Lampert, OD, Total Family Eyecare, Boca Raton, FL; Barbary Anderson, Optician at Esterman Eye Institute, Delray Beach, FL.

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GPN's Jay Binkowitz was one of several instructors within the BBG Academy.

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Eileen York, Carolyn Walsh & Deborah McLaughlin Block Business Group Staff at Registration

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From left: Amy Ascher, optician, Block and Zuckerman, West Orange, NJ; Sylvia Paasch Oderstein, Poet's Eyewear; Dr. Ivo Horak, OD, Eyes R Us Family Optical, Smyrna, GA.

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Panelists Michael Block, instructor Hillsborough Community College's Laurie Pierce, GPN's Jay Binkowitz and The Power Practice's Gary Gerber, OD, addressed ECP issues at a Town Hall panel on Sunday morning.