The Vision Council to Honor Steve Sutherlin and Six Hall of Fame Inductees

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Tuesday, July 30, 2019 12:24 AM ALEXANDRIA, Va.—The Vision Council announced the Lab Division’s Directors’ Choice Award recipient and the industry veterans who have been chosen to be inducted into the Lab Division Hall of Fame for 2019. The Division has named Steve Sutherlin, The Vision Council’s Lab Division liaison and former president of Sutherlin Optical, as the 2019 recipient of the Directors’ Choice Award. Sutherlin was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2008 and will be honored again this year for his more than 45 years in the optical industry.

National Vision Awards $7,000 in Grants to Three Students at NOA Convention

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Friday, July 26, 2019 12:15 AM DULUTH, Ga.—National Vision has awarded $7,000 in grants to three students who are members of the National Optometric Student Association (NOSA). The grants were awarded at the 51st Annual National Optometric Association (NOA) Convention on Friday, July 12 in Atlanta. These grants, which are made possible due to National Vision’s partnership with the NOA, are open to all active NOSA members in good standing with an optometry school in the U.S. or Puerto Rico.

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.

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.

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.

Zeiss Ranked Best Company in 2019 Public Value Atlas

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Wednesday, May 22, 2019 12:15 AM OBERKOCHEN, Germany—Zeiss was named Germany's highest-ranked company in the 2019 Public Value Atlas (Gemeinwohlatlas 2019). The announcement was made in Berlin yesterday by the authors of the study, the Center for Leadership and Values in Society at the University of St. Gallen (CLVS-HSG) in cooperation with the Dr. Arend Oetker chair of business psychology and leadership at HHL Leipzig Graduate School of Management. “We are delighted about our company receiving the highest score for the 2019 Public Value Atlas. It demonstrates that Zeiss still embodies those values bestowed by the founders on this foundation company: economic success and innovation with the goals of providing society with meaningful work and advancing scientific and technological progress,” said professor Michael Kaschke, president and CEO of Carl Zeiss AG.

Deadline Is June 21 to Submit Eyewear and Sunwear Products to Accessories Council Design Excellence Awards

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Tuesday, May 21, 2019 12:15 AM NEW YORK—The deadline is June 21 for companies to submit nominations for The Accessory Council's inaugural Design Excellence Awards, to be bestowed upon outstanding products in 15 award categories including Eyewear, Handbags, Personal Accessories, Jewelry, Watches, Footwear and Tech and Innovation. The Accessories Council board of directors and the Accessories Innovation Committee will select four to five finalists per category based on the criteria of excellence in design, unique appearance and/or function, consumer needs addressed by product, appropriate aesthetics, innovative materials or technology, market positioning and competitive performance, social images, emotional appeal, and sustainability.

Southern College of Optometry Awards Honorary Degree to Dr. Ron Blum

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Tuesday, May 14, 2019 5:36 AM MEMPHIS, Tenn.—Southern College of Optometry has bestowed its prestigious honorary degree, the doctor of ocular science, on Ronald Blum, OD, at its 2019 commencement ceremony, held here Friday. The college recognized Dr. Blum for his significant contributions to the field of optometry. A distinguished entrepreneur, Blum is the mind behind companies such as The Egg Factory, NewSight Reality, PogoTec, Innotech, and Dr. Blum, Newman, Blackstock and Associates and Optometrists, P.C., among others. A 1972 graduate of SCO, Blum also delivered the commencement address.

NECO’s 2019 Visionaries Honors Student Accomplishments

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Tuesday, April 30, 2019 12:15 AM BOSTON—The New England College of Optometry (NECO) hosted its annual Visionaries: A Celebration of Student Accomplishment event on April 23, 2019. Each year, Visionaries showcases student achievement. NECO’s Ophthalmic Business Plan Competition is the culmination of a year’s work in David Mills’, MBA, OD, Ophthalmic Management Class, where groups of students complete a business plan, including their business goals, staffing, marketing plans, and financial considerations. The top five groups then present their proposals to a panel of five judges, which included Essilor’s Janelle Routheir, Aaron Goffinet, and Ryan Parker, and NECO board of trustee members Rich Small and Bob Ryan this year.

Sagnieres, Hood to Receive Honorary Degrees from SUNY Optometry

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Wednesday, April 17, 2019 12:15 AM NEW YORK—The State University of New York (SUNY) College of Optometry will recognize Hubert Sagnieres, chairman of the Essilor Group and executive vice chairman of EssilorLuxottica, and Donald Hood, PhD, professor of psychology and professor of ophthalmic science at Columbia University, with honorary degrees during its 2019 commencement ceremony on Thursday, May 23 at the Roosevelt Hotel in midtown Manhattan. “It will be an honor to recognize these extraordinary gentlemen for their respective humanitarian and scientific efforts to advance quality eye and vision care for all,” said SUNY Optometry president David A. Heath.

Third Annual Blogger Spectacle Awards to Take Place at opti 2019

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Tuesday, January 15, 2019 12:21 AM MUNICH—During opti 2019 in Munich, the show will present the third annual Blogger Spectacle Award. A jury of over 20 international eyewear and fashion bloggers from Germany, Italy, Spain, Austria, Great Britain, Japan, France, the Netherlands, Poland and Lithuania will get together at the trade show in Munich to share the latest news from the opti exhibitors about spectacle frames, design, and style with their fans and followers. They will also be tasked with choosing the winner of this year’s trophy. In a discussion panel prior to the awards ceremony, the influencers will reveal how opticians can find more customers online. The 2019 Blogger Spectacle Award will be presented on Saturday, Jan. 26 at 12:30 p.m. at the opti FORUM in Hall C4.

Ennio De Rigo Bestowed Title of Cavaliere Del Lavoro During Ceremony in Rome

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Tuesday, November 13, 2018 12:15 AM LONGARONE, Italy—Ennio De Rigo, chairman of De Rigo, was bestowed with the honorary title of “Cavalieri del Lavoro” or “Knight of the Order of Merit for Labour” during a ceremony held on Thursday, Nov. 8 at the Quirinal Palace in Rome, Italy. De Rigo was appointed the title in June 2018 as Vision Monday previously reported. The title was bestowed by the president of the Italian Republic, Sergio Mattarella together with the minister of economic development, labour and social policies, Luigi Di Maio, and president of the National Federation of the Cavalieri del Lavoro, Antonio D'Amato.

AAOF Names 23 Recipients of 2018 Johnson & Johnson Vision J. Pat Cummings Scholarship

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Tuesday, October 30, 2018 12:15 AM ORLANDO—The American Academy of Optometry Foundation (AAOF) has announced the 2018 recipients of the Johnson & Johnson Vision J. Pat Cummings Scholarship. Every year, the AAOF awards this scholarship to exceptional second or third year optometry students. These students are the ones who best demonstrate the ideal eyecare standards of practice, achievement in the classroom and extracurriculars, as well as participation in other professional pursuits such as interactions with patients through internships, community service and other volunteer activities. The 23 recipients will be awarded $875 for their education.

VOSH Int’l Welcomes Worldwide Chapters and Honors Three at Annual Meeting

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Tuesday, October 23, 2018 12:18 AM MONTREAL— From the roll call of its 84 chapters worldwide, to presentations and exchanges of humanitarian endeavors, heartfelt stories, latest information, and opportunities, the VOSH International annual meeting held here earlier this month brought together attendees with a passion for facing the challenges of global eyecare. More than one third of the world’s population suffers from impaired vision or functional blindness; many, mostly in developing countries, lacking the resources or access to eyecare or glasses. VOSH is the largest, all-volunteer nonprofit optometric humanitarian and volunteer organization. The VOSH Chapter in Santa Cruz, Quebec, hosted this year’s annual meeting.

Dr. Akio Kanai to Receive the 2018 Brien Holden Humanitarian Award

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Wednesday, October 17, 2018 12:18 AM NEW YORK—The Brien Holden Humanitarian Award, acknowledging humanitarian efforts in the non-profit sector to build and support sustainable eyecare systems in developing communities, will be awarded to Dr. Akio Kanai. Dr. Kanai’s is being recognized for his partnership with the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees and his efforts in providing direct eyecare in Thailand, Nepal, Armenia, Azerbaijan and Rohingya to over 100,000 refugees. In honor of Dr. Kanai, The American Academy of Optometry has made a $5,000 donation to Fuji Vision Aid Mission, according to an announcement from the Academy.