MULTIMEDIA On the Show Floor at Vision Expo West 2018 By Staff Friday, October 5, 2018 1:12 PM NEW YORK—The optical industry was busy at work and play in Las Vegas—doing business on the show floor, attending panels and sessions, all the while finding time to mix business and pleasure together at networking events. This final slideshow from VM, captures the mood on the show floor and in various locations around the Sands Convention Center. Click here if you missed the Expo Party slideshow, and here if you missed the Special Sessions slideshow. 1/55 OWA Connection Series and Networking Reception Best-selling author and speaker Joann Lublin (l) with Optical Women’s Association president Tiara Claxton at the OWA’s Connection Series event and luncheon. During the session, Lublin discussed her book, “Earning It: Hard-Won Lessons from Trailblazing Women at the Top of the Business World.” OWA Connection Series and Networking Reception (L to R) Yvette Waddell, Brien Holden Vision Institute; Tiara Claxton; Pamela Capaldi, Brien Holden Vision Institute; and Courtney Myers, Transitions at the OWA luncheon. OWA Connection Series and Networking Reception (L to R) Deborah Myres, Visual Inspirations; Tiara Claxton; and MyEyeDr.’s Sue Downes enjoy a moment before the OWA session. OWA Connection Series and Networking Reception (L to R) Safilo’s Eden Wexler, Riccardo Cadorin, Christine Michaud, and Paolo Bizzotto enjoy the OWA Networking and raffle event. OWA Connection Series and Networking Reception (L to R) Vanessa Espinosa, Douglas R. Myers, OD, Inc; Olympia Robinson AbOC, Ispecz Eyewear; Sheridan Watkins, C Distinctive Eyewear; and Autianna Wilson, Optical Goddess, enjoy the food and drinks at the OWA Networking event. OWA Connection Series and Networking Reception Shandee Carranza and her mother, Yvette Carranza, of Digital Vision, Inc., await the raffle at the OWA Networking event. OWA Connection Series and Networking Reception Tyjia Sherman and Nastasha Graves, both opticianry students at Georgia Piedmont Technical College, enjoy a drink at the OWA Networking event. Boutique Buyer VIP Event The Boutique Buyer panelists each brought their own unique perspectives to the topic of independent eyewear. (L to R) The panel included 20/20 Magazine’s James Spina, who was the moderator; Scott Shapiro, Europa Eyewear and STATE Optical Co.; Julia Gogosha, Gogosha Optique; Alicia Hartman, Eye Q Stylist Opticians and Peoples From Barbados; Wes Stoody, Article One; Kristin Calimlim, Lafont; and Selima Salaun, Selima Optique. Boutique Buyer VIP Event (L to R) During the panel, Scott Shapiro, Alicia Hartman and Julia Gogosha share a light moment. Boutique Buyer VIP Event The Boutique Buyer panel was a well-attended event. Stylist Raquel Smith Raquel Smith, stylist to Beyonce, gave pointers to attendees on picking the perfect frames. Cynthia Bailey Fashion Show Cynthia Bailey of “Housewives of Atlanta” fame, emceed a frame fashion show in the BLOCK. EyeStyle Influencers Luncheon Autianna Wilson (l), one of VM’s 2018 Most Influential Women in Optical, is also known as @goddessofoptics with Jennifer Chinn, OD, of Dr. Chinn’s Vision Care at the #EyeStyle Influencers lunch. EyeStyle Influencers Luncheon Sheena Taff (@opticianabouttown) and Arian Fartash, OD, one of VM’s 2018 Most Influential Women in Optical (@glamoptometrist), hosted the first #EyeStyle Influencers luncheon, sponsored by VSP Global and Marchon at La Cave Food & Wine Hideaway at the Wynn Las Vegas. EyeStyle Influencers Luncheon Sheena Taff (l) hosted a panel discussion during the tapas style lunch featuring (l to r) Arian Fartash, OD; Jennifer Tsai, OD; Will To, OD, ABOC; and Ryan Walton, VSP Global. Designer Christian Siriano Designer Christian Siriano discusses Transitions frames and styling tips at the Essilor Booth. Designer Christian Siriano Christian Siriano made an appearance at the Essilor booth for a style inspiration session. Designer Christian Siriano Transitions Change Agent Dr. Darryl Glover (l) with Christian Siriano gave tips on how Transitions lenses can work for fashion forward patients. Designer Christian Siriano The Transitions booth was packed for the style session. Vision Choice Award Winners Winners of the 2018 Vision Choice Awards were, first place winner Miraflex, second place winner Lunette and third place winner Mo eyewear. (L to R) Reed Exhibitions’ Joanne Mohr; Adrianna Verdeal, Mo Eyewear; Peter Montana, Miraflex; Lunette’s Helene Goldschmidt and Zachary Rizzo; and Mitchell Barkley, The Vision Council. Best Exhibitor Booth Awards (L) Costa was honored for Most Creative Booth. (R) Europa's Scott Shapiro (l) and Nico Roseillier at the Europa Eyewear/State Optical booth, which was honored for Best Brand Activation. Prevent Blindness Golf OutingSwing Fore Sight committee co-chairs Joe Savarese, Jobson Interactive, (l), and Bob Rymeski, Hilco Vision, (r), welcome golfers to the 2018 Swing Fore Sight event with Jeff Todd, (c), Prevent Blindness. Eschenbach Partners with Fidelco Guide Dogs (L to R) Eschenbach’s Jillian Camarata; Fidelco’s Eliot Russman; Eschenbach’s Ken Bradley; Fidelco guide dog user Cathy Beaudoin; Eschenbach’s Tim Gels, Taron Sutcliffe, Michele Buzzi, Joe Buttazzoni, and Winnie the guide dog celebrate Eschenbach’s new partnership with Fidelco Guide Dogs. On the Show Floor Costa’s John Sanchez (l) and Holly Rush welcomed guests to a breakfast chat to update attendees about their new initiatives to protect our watery world. On the Show Floor (L to R) At the Costa both are Jobson's Marc Ferrara, Lauren Hundley, WebMD, Marge Axelrad, Jobson and Costa's Terri Ossi Hannah. On the Show Floor De Rigo REM’s Alessandro Baronti (l) and Tatiana De Arruda Penteado, at the company’s booth. On the Show Floor It was all about beer and bots as Satisloh’s Pete Lothes demonstrated the company’s AR robotic technology. On the Show Floor Guido Groet of Luxexcel (l) listens while Mark Williams of Industries for the Blind tells how the company’s lab makes lenses using Luxexcel’s 3D printing technology. On the Show Floor Zeiss’ Chad Miles proudly poses in front of Zeiss’ booth. On the Show Floor Eyefinity’s Linus Russell, Kelly Balaam and Steve Baker are all smiles outside the Eyefinity Booth. On the Show Floor Essilor’s Dr. Millicent Knight (l) and Sherianne James, following a presentation on how Essilor is addressing the unprecedented growth of myopia. On the Show Floor Luxottica’s Fabrizio Uguzzoni sports trendy frames while interacting with attendees at the Luxottica booth. On the Show Floor Myles J. Freeman, Casey Reeves, and Ray Hill, of Wiley X, pause in front of the video screen at the Wiley X Booth. On the Show Floor WestGroupe’s Michael Suliteanu and Mike Debono in front of the WestGroupe booth. On the Show Floor Haag-Streit’s Ernest Cavin takes a break from the busy show floor. On the Show Floor EnChroma’s Andy Schmeder (l), discussed the company’s new lens options while behind him, four colorblind volunteers tried the lenses on and described what they saw. On the Show Floor After debuting at Vision Expo East, show organizers were excited to continue the partnership with OpticCon in Vegas. On the Show Floor (L to R) Inoue Masayoshi and Taichi Nakajima, both of Paris Miki Inc/Optical Illusions, talk frames with Classique-Eyewear’s Stephanie Calloway. On the Show Floor Alcon’s Edian Little at the company’s beauty summit on Friday, where technicians were provided ideas for getting patients more interested in color options, including contact lens colors. On the Show Floor DAC Technologies’ Isaac Altit is ready to receive customers at the DAC booth. On the Show Floor Coburn Technologies’ David Kilfoil manning the Coburn Technologies booth. On the Show Floor Schneider’s Gunter Schneider shows off one of the company’s new machines. On the Show FloorEd Morris (l) and Jonathan Worrall of VSP Global share a jovial moment by their booth. On the Show Floor Jamal El-Hindi, Wynn El-Hindi and Joseph El-Hindi of Filtertech are ready to welcome attendees to their booth. On the Show Floor Robert Lee and Dan Cameron of Younger Optics stop by the Transitions podium. On the Show Floor (L to R) The McGee Group’s Wayne McGee, Bart Floyd, and Weston McGee are ready to greet customers at the McGee booth. On the Show Floor Frames Data’s Tom Lamond (l) and Candi Dooley proudly show off a brand new booth to showcase the new My Frame Gallery. On the Show Floor (L to R) Taking a break from their booth, which featured a Porsche, are Rodenstock’s Chris Juergens, Kim Battle, Markus Drexel, Petra Eckhardt-Köstler, and Jan Marcel Katuin. On the Show Floor (L to R) Europa’s Scott Shapiro, Cyn Shapiro, Chris Loeffler, Marc Franchi, and Jerry Wolowicz pause for a happy moment in front of the Europa/State joint booth. On the Show Floor This is the first time that Europa and State Optical Co. have exhibited in the same booth. On the Show Floor Modo’s Rebecca Giefer at the brand’s new booth. On the Show Floor Marchon’s Thomas Burkhardt shows off a bright shelf of Marchon frames. On the Show Floor Safilo’s Riccardo Cadorin prepares to welcome customers to Safilo’s suite. On the Show Floor Rich Hughes of Essilor pauses at the booth just before Christian Siriano’s guest appearance. On the Show Floor (L to R) Marcolin’s Davide Rettore and Chris Robinson welcome guests to the Marcolin Suite.