Virtual EYE2EYE Series Continues on July 22, 'Open Your Eyes! What Allyship of Diversity & Inclusion Looks Like,' With Various Optical Industry Leaders

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Thursday, July 16, 2020 12:27 AM ALEXANDRIA, Va.—The Vision Council and Vision Expo will host "Open Your Eyes! What Allyship of Diversity & Inclusion Looks Like" as part of the Virtual EYE2EYE Series, a weekly series of virtual panels and interactive conversations inspired by Vision Expo’s EYE2EYE educational series. This Coffee Talk session will be hosted on Wednesday, July 22 at 12:15 p.m. EDT. The session will be moderated by Howard Purcell, OD, FAAO, president of New England College of Optometry.

Shopko Optical Names Richard Chapman as Vice President of Sales

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Thursday, July 16, 2020 12:24 AM GREEN BAY, Wis.—Shopko Optical, the 80-location optical retailer based here, has named Richard Chapman to its leadership team as vice president of sales. Chapman joins the company with more than 20 years of experience in both multi-store retail leadership and optical retail. As vice president of sales, Chapman will lead the retail sales efforts of Shopko Optical’s centers to deliver excellent customer service and patient care, according to an announcement this week from the company.

NECO Adds Five New Members to Board of Trustees

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Thursday, July 16, 2020 12:21 AM BOSTON, Mass.—The New England College of Optometry has announced five additions to its Board of Trustees. The board is responsible for NECO’s educational mission and fiscal oversight. The new trustees are: Linda Bennett, OD, founder of Bennett Family Eye and former president of the Massachusetts Society of Optometrists; Katherine Coffey, OD, founder of Coffey Eye Care and former president of the Massachusetts Society of Optometrists; Alan Glazier, OD, founder of ODs on Facebook; Janet LaBreck, former Obama White House commissioner of the Rehabilitation Services Administration and first Black commissioner for the Massachusetts Commission for the Blind; and Valarie Ricciardi, OD, practitioner with and administrator of Central Massachusetts Vision Source as well as Vision Source regional administrator.

Academy of Ophthalmology Announces 2020 Meeting Will Be Virtual-Only

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Wednesday, July 15, 2020 12:27 AM SAN FRANCISCO, Calif.—The American Academy of Ophthalmology has announced that its annual meeting will be a virtual-only event in 2020. Those who have already registered for the meeting will receive additional information by Wednesday, Aug. 12.

Margery Weinstein Promoted to Editor-in-Chief of Review of Optometric Business (ROB)

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Tuesday, July 14, 2020 12:21 AM NEW YORK—Margery Weinstein has been promoted to editor-in-chief of Review of Optometric Business (ROB), part of Jobson Medical Information's Practice Advancement Associates group. Weinstein has been managing editor of ROB since 2010, shortly after ROB's introduction and she has played a critical role in the editorial development and growth of this platform. Noted Al Greco, vice president, new business, "Margery has done an outstanding job of bringing ROB's readers business and advisory content that is timely and highly relevant to their practices. She is a valued team member who has contributed to establishing Review of Optometric Business as a content brand that is clearly positioned as the source for information on the business aspect of optometric practice."

VisionCare Names Thomas Ruggia as CEO

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Thursday, July 9, 2020 12:21 AM SARATOGA, Calif.—VisionCare, a developer of advanced visual prosthetic devices for the treatment of age-related macular degeneration (AMD), announced that Thomas Ruggia has been appointed as the company’s new chief executive officer, effective July 6, 2020.

National Vision Supports National Optometric Association Community With Student Grants and Donated Equipment

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Thursday, July 9, 2020 12:18 AM DULUTH, Ga.—National Vision Holdings Inc. has put its support for the National Optometric Association (NOA) community into action by recognizing three members of the National Optometric Student Association (NOSA) with $7,000 in grants.

Michael Hoster Succeeds James Henne as Publisher of Jobson's Review Group

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Tuesday, July 7, 2020 12:33 AM NEWTOWN SQUARE, Pa.—Jobson Medical Information has announced that Michael Hoster, a 13-year veteran of the company, has been named publisher of the Review Group of publications and services. This includes the titles Review of OptometryReview of OphthalmologyReview of Cornea and Contact Lenses and Retina Specialist, as well as a host of affiliated websites, e-newsletters and other digital products.

VSP Global Names Chris Enslin President of Eyefinity

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Monday, July 6, 2020 12:30 AM RANCHO CORDOVA, Calif.—VSP Global has announced the appointment of Chris Enslin as president of Eyefinity, a leader in practice management and electronic health records software for the eyecare industry. Enslin will report to Earnie Franklin, VSP Global’s chief operating officer, who has also served as president of Eyefinity since March of 2019. “We are thrilled to welcome Chris to the Eyefinity team,” said Franklin. “His expertise and unique background as a technology leader will ensure our best-in-class integrated practice management solutions continue to advance and meet the evolving needs of doctors and their practices.”

David Clark Named President of EyeCare Partners LLC

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Wednesday, July 1, 2020 12:27 AM ST. LOUIS—EyeCare Partners LLC (ECP), a leading network of full scope medical optometry and ophthalmology practices, announced the addition of David A. Clark to its leadership team in the newly created position of president. In his new role, Clark will report to Kelly McCrann, chief executive officer of EyeCare Partners. Clark brings more than 25 years of growth-oriented executive leadership experience in the health care industry, with most of his time spent partnering with physicians to establish and develop national subspecialty focused physician organizations, the announcement said. He joins ECP from MEDNAX, Inc. (NYSE: MD), a national health solutions partner with a focus on maternal-fetal-newborn and pediatric subspecialties along with radiology and anesthesiology practices across the U.S., where he served as chief operating officer. 

The Vision Council Raises $38,000 Through 'Open Your Eyes' Frame Vendue Auction

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Tuesday, June 30, 2020 12:18 AM ALEXANDRIA, Va.—The Vision Council is pleased to announce that the organization’s Open Your Eyes Frame Vendue auction has raised $38,100 for the Equal Justice Initiative and My Brother's Keeper Alliance The week-long virtual auction featured frames with special significance, including one-of-a-kind or never released designs; high demand but discontinued designs; and iconic frames that speak to a moment in eyewear history, designed by leading independent designers. Additionally, several of the participating designers have pledged their intent to match the winning bids with their own donation.

SUNY College of Optometry to Host 'Race in Optometry: An Honest Conversation' Panel on July 1

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Monday, June 29, 2020 12:30 AM NEW YORK—The State University of New York (SUNY) College of Optometry will be hosting a timely discussion, "Race in Optometry: An Honest Conversation," a live webinar covering the issues and obstacles that impact Black optometrists. It will be held on Wednesday, July 1, from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. and is being organized by the College’s Office of Continuing Professional Education who noted that this webinar is the first of a two-part series. Part I will discuss the problem; Part II will seek solutions. 

Nominations for ARVO and ARVO Foundation Awards to Open July 1

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Monday, June 29, 2020 12:18 AM ROCKVILLE, Md. —The Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology (ARVO) and ARVO Foundation for Eye Research announced the opening of nominations for their respective awards, including three new awards— the Genentech Career Development Award for Underrepresented Minority Emerging Vision Scientists, the Achievements in Eye and Vision Advocacy Award, and the Emerging Advocate Award—on July 1, 2020. The Genentech Career Development Award for Underrepresented Minority Emerging Vision Scientists will support an early-career emerging vision scientist with a two-year grant totaling $100,000 to promote the generation of promising preliminary research results.

CooperVision Appoints Justin Kwan, OD, to North America Myopia Management Leadership Role

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Friday, June 26, 2020 12:24 AM SAN RAMON, Calif.—CooperVision has named Justin Kwan, OD, FAAO, as senior manager, myopia management in its professional and academic affairs group. In this newly created role, Dr. Kwan will be responsible for supporting the growth of the company’s myopia management business across North America, according to the company’s announcement on Thursday. This includes its Brilliant Futures Myopia Management Program featuring MiSight 1 day, the first and only FDA-approved product clinically proven to slow the progression of myopia when initially prescribed for children 8 to 12 years old in the U.S.

Dr. Gerald Neidigh Joins Conexus Board of Directors

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Wednesday, June 24, 2020 12:21 AM RICHMOND, Va.—Conexus for Children’s Vision, a charity based here that delivers comprehensive vision programs to thousands of students across the Commonwealth of Virginia, has elected Gerald Neidigh, OD, to a three-year term on its board of directors.