USRetina Appoints Revenue Leader to Accelerate Growth of Retina Technology Platform

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Thursday, August 13, 2020 12:15 AM DENVER—USRetina, a leading independent provider of technology and services specific to retina practices, has expanded its leadership team with the appointment of a new vice president of sales, John Crowley. The change reflects a strategic approach to long-term value and growth for the organization, according to a recent announcement about the appointment. Crowley is a 20-year veteran of the health care industry. Most recently, he served as the vice president of Vital Source GPO, a division of Cardinal Health.

Southern College of Optometry Embraces Diversity and Inclusion in Initiative and Expands Role of Dr. Janette Pepper

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Wednesday, August 12, 2020 12:15 AM MEMPHIS, Tenn.—Southern College of Optometry is addressing the necessary conversation of race relations and diversity in the nation head-on with an initiative to expand its leadership and build a more equitable and inclusive campus culture, according to a recent announcement.

CooperVision Names Rajeev Garg, PhD, as Global Head of Myopia Management Strategy

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Tuesday, August 4, 2020 12:24 AM SAN RAMON, Calif.—CooperVision on Monday announced the appointment of Rajeev Garg, PhD, as global head of myopia management strategy. In this newly created role, he leads various myopia-related initiatives, including market development, acquisitions and joint ventures, technology licensing, and lifecycle management in this growing segment of vision care. Garg brings more than 20 years of experience in driving innovation and growth in health care, including optometry and ophthalmology. He most recently served as executive director, surgical marketing at Bausch + Lomb, and previously held senior marketing roles within Johnson & Johnson’s cataract, contact lens and sterilization businesses. Earlier in his career, he focused on pharmaceutical development at Abbott and Merck.

I-deal Optics Names Sherrie Rogerson Director of Key Account Sales

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Monday, August 3, 2020 12:21 AM TROY, Mich.—I-deal Optics Holdings, Inc. has announced that Sherrie Rogerson has been named director of key account sales for I-deal Optics. In this role, she is responsible for nurturing the relationships with the key account base while profitably extending the reach of I-deal into a greater national presence, the company said. Rogerson is a seasoned optical industry veteran with deep experience in optometric retail, key account leadership and practice consulting. Before joining I-deal Optics she held senior roles at Doctor’s Vision Center, Rem Eyewear and Eyewear Designs LTD. Most recently through her own firm, Optical Excellence Consulting, she worked with VSP Global assisting in the design and launch of two OD/Staff facing programs. Rogerson was named one of the Vision Monday's Most Influential Women in Optical, is a past president of the Optical Women’s Association (OWA), and the 2014 recipient of the OWA Pleiades Award which honors an individual who has shown exceptional support in advancing the leadership role of women in the optical industry.

TearLab Appoints Adam Szaronos as Chief Commercial Officer

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Thursday, July 30, 2020 12:21 AM SAN DIEGO—TearLab, an eyecare medical device firm marketing lab-on-a-chip diagnostic technologies at the point-of-care, has named Adam Szaronos chief commercial officer. Szaronos brings a wealth of experience gained over the past 15 years and will help guide the evolution of TearLab as it transforms its business model in 2020 and beyond, according to the company’s announcement this week. Szaronos joins the TearLab executive team from Alcon, where he was most recently head of dry eye devices with responsibility for building and leading the company's commercial business unit in the dry eye disease and MGD (meibomian gland dysfunction) space, according to the TearLab announcement.

NIH Selects Dr. Michael Chiang as Director of the National Eye Institute

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Monday, July 27, 2020 12:18 AM BETHESDA, Md.—The National Institutes of Health (NIH) has named Michael F. Chiang, MD, as director of NIH’s National Eye Institute  (NEI). A practicing ophthalmologist, Dr. Chiang is currently the Knowles Professor of Ophthalmology & Medical Informatics and Clinical Epidemiology at Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU), in Portland, and is associate director of the OHSU Casey Eye Institute. Chiang is expected to begin his new role as the NEI director in late 2020, according to a post on the NIH website.

Standard Optical Names Ex-Pier 1 Imports Executive Manager as Director of Store Operations

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Thursday, July 23, 2020 12:33 AM SALT LAKE CITY—Standard Optical recently announced that ex-Pier 1 Imports executive manager Emily Cannon will be joining the firm, based here, as director of store operations. During her years at Pier 1, Cannon held various management level positions including regional manager and most recently as director of stores in the Northwest Territory. Her experience in multi-site retail and performance management will benefit her as she takes on her new role for the 20-location eyecare chain, according to an announcement from the company.

Guardian/Avesis' Dr. Daniel Levy Named NAVCP Secretary and Treasurer

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Thursday, July 23, 2020 12:24 AM TUCKER, Ga.—The National Association of Vision Care Plans (NAVCP) announced at that Dr. Daniel Levy, chief optometric officer of Guardian/Avēsis was unanimously approved at the organization's recent virtual board meeting to serve as the secretary and treasurer, a seat vacated by VSP’s Kate Renwick-Espinosa who assumed the chair-elect position at the April 2020 board of directors meeting. “I have represented Avēsis and now Guardian as a board member at NAVCP for seven years,” said Dr. Levy. “We are aligned with the commitment that NAVCP brings in innovation, education, and administration, as well as providing analytical data that show the value of annual eyecare and eye wear for all consumers.”

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.

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."

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. 

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.