Time to Party at Vision Expo West

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LAS VEGAS—With Expo still fresh on everyone’s minds, Vision Monday presents a slideshow to recap the sights and excitement that helped make up Vision Expo West. See who was at the industry parties held on the show floor and around Vegas last week. Highlights include a look at how the optical community honored Top Labs at Labapalooza and individuals who have made lasting contributions to the industry, as well as company milestones and celebrations of product launches.

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Zeiss Celebrates Premiere of ‘Sight’ Documentary

Celebrating the premiere of the documentary “Sight: The Story of Vision,” at Lagasse’s Stadium were (l to r) Luxottica’s Fabrizio Uguzzoni; Zeiss’ Jens Boy; Sight filmmaker and producer Kris Koenig; Zeiss’ Veneeta Eason, Steve Mitrakos and Claude Labeeuw. Zeiss and Luxottica were leading sponsors of the film.

Zeiss Celebrates Premiere of ‘Sight’ Documentary

Raising a glass to the film were (l to r) Andrew Schmeder, Enchroma; Jobson’s Mark Mattison-Shupnick; and Barry Santini, OD.

The Vision Council Lab Division Hall of Fame Awards

The following industry veterans were honored at the Hall of Fame awards and Dinner held at Treasure Island. Directors’ Choice James C. Tooke, Zyloware Eyewear. Hall of Fame inductees Craig D. Giles, Walman; Michael C. Vitale, ABOM, The Vision Council; Christie Walker, Lab Talk Magazine; Dick Whitney, Carl Zeiss Vision; and John M. Young, Colts Laboratories. Upon his retirement, Mike Daley was honored by the Vision Council Lab Division with a special award. Presenting the award to Daley (l) were Hoya’s Barney Dougher (c) and The Vision Council’s Steve Sutherlin.

The Vision Council Lab Division Hall of Fame Awards

The Vision Council’s Steve Sutherlin with his wife Liz before the festivities began.

The Vision Council Lab Division Hall of Fame Awards

Steve Kodey and Greg Chavez, both with The Vision Council.

The Vision Council Lab Division Hall of Fame Awards

The Vision Council’s Rene Soltis-Shephard with inductee, Mike Vitale.

The Vision Council Lab Division Hall of Fame Awards

Sharing a drink and some conversation before dinner were (l to r) Robyn Crimmins, VSP; Lorrie Lippiatt, OD, Salem Eyecare Center; and Sheri Rogerson, REM Eyewear.

The Vision Council Lab Division Hall of Fame Awards

Essilor’s Steve Mills (l) with Mike Duncan, formerly with Essilor Laboratories of America.

The Vision Council Lab Division Hall of Fame Awards

James Tooke addressed the audience before picking up his award.

The Vision Council Lab Division Hall of Fame Awards

Michael Vitale reminisced about his career in the optical industry.

The Vision Council Lab Division Hall of Fame Awards

Christie Walker (second from right) accepted her award from Barney Dougher, Lorinda Fraboni and Steve Sutherlin.

The Vision Council Lab Division Hall of Fame Awards

Craig Giles (second from left) received his honor from Barney Dougher, Steve Sutherlin and Walman’s Marty Bassett.

The Vision Council Lab Division Hall of Fame Awards

Accepting the award on behalf of her father John Young, was his daughter Kimberly Hutton.

The Vision Council Lab Division Hall of Fame Awards

Dick Whitney spoke before accepting his award.

The Vision Council Lab Division Hall of Fame Awards

Hall of Fame award nominees (l to r) Michael Vitale, Dick Whitney, Kimberly Young, Christie Walker, Craig Giles and James Tooke.

Lab Industry Gathers Again at Labapalooza

Labapalooza, a lab industry favorite gathering, took place here Thursday night in the Venetian Hotel. For the fourth year in a row, the party was held at the Rockhouse Las Vegas. Ultra Level Sponsors included Tribrid by PPG, The Vision Council and X-Cel Optical. Premium Level Sponsors included Coburn Technologies, Santinelli International, Ultra Optics and Digital Vision Inc.

The event provided the perfect setting to honor Lab Talk’s Editor Christie Walker, who is about to retire. She accepted a plaque from Jobson’s Tom Lamond (l) and Marc Ferrara commemorating her 19 years of service at Jobson.

Lab Industry Gathers Again at Labapalooza

Amanda Mohn of Encore Vision (c), winner of the cruise given away at Labapalooza, accepts the award from of Gunter Schneider and Kurt Atchison, both with Schneider Optical Machines. Schneider was the Title Sponsor for Labapalooza and drew the winning recipient of the door prize cruise.

Lab Industry Gathers Again at Labapalooza

Superior Optical Lab’s Bob Enich and Kathie McCormick.

Lab Industry Gathers Again at Labapalooza

(L to R) Bernie Kastan and Ed Glassheim, both with Luzerne Optical Labs.

Lab Industry Gathers Again at Labapalooza

(Georg Mayer, Rodenstock Germany (l) and Kerstin Battenfeld, Schneider Optical Machines.

Lab Industry Gathers Again at Labapalooza

SDC Technologies’ Darren Crosby (l) and John Quinn, with John Dippold, Vision Dynamics.

Lab Industry Gathers Again at Labapalooza

Jeff Lahr and Jason Sharpe, both with Eye Kraft Optical.

Lab Industry Gathers Again at Labapalooza

(L to R) Ronald F. Cooke, Diversified Ophthalmics; Barbara Vitchus, Global Optics; Nancy Ralstin, Diversified Ophthamics; Pat McCarthy, Schneider Optical Machines; Ron Cooke, Diversified Ophthalmics; and Michael Karlsrud, Vistage Worldwide.

Opti-Port Welcome Reception at TAO

At the Opti-Port welcome reception at TAO were (l to r) Brad Haller and Amie Haller, Wing Eyecare; and Jim Galinsky, Zyloware.

Opti-Port Welcome Reception at TAO

Joining in the fun at the Opti-Port welcome reception were (l to r) Dave Yazbek, ClearVision; John Abbate, Wing Eyecare; and Tom Castiglione, Morel Eyewear.

Opti-Port Welcome Reception at TAO

(L to R) Allen Zimberg, Zimco Optics; Bob Rettberg, Visualize; and Carlos Sookdeo, Zimco Optics enjoying the Opti-Port reception at TAO.

Opti-Port Welcome Reception at TAO

At TAO for the Opti-Port welcome reception were (l to r) Patti Thomas, Northeastern Eye Institute; Mark Johnson, Virginia Eye Institute; and Kellie Spector, Crown Vision Center.

De Rigo REM Party at Lavo

Nicolas Roseillier is ready to toast to the new future during De Rigo REM’s party at Lavo.

De Rigo REM Party at Lavo

(From the front) Cathy Watson, Susie Henthorn, Dr. Paul Snowden, Dr. Brooke Snowden and Jill Ray all from Snowden Eyecare in Oklahoma City, Okla. at the De Rigo REM party.

De Rigo REM Party at Lavo

(L to R) Joey Sabado, Rosanna Fately and Steve Horowitz from De Rigo REM flaunt their masquerade masks during their party at Lavo.

De Rigo REM Party at Lavo

KJ Shaheen, OD, Kayla Shaheen, Dave Plaskon and Kelly Shaheen from Hills and Dales Vision in Canton, Ohio enjoy the photo booth during the De Rigo REM event.

De Rigo REM Party at Lavo

A performer during the De Rigo REM event at Lavo entertained guests.

Marcolin Party at Tao Beach

Fabrizio Gamberini, CEO of Marcolin USA Eyewear Corp., enjoys a drink at TAO beach during the company’s event.

Marcolin Party at Tao Beach

Delavon Storey (1) and Lisa Woo, OD, from Eye to Eye in Houston, Texas have drinks by the pool during the Marcolin event at TAO Beach.

Marcolin Party at Tao Beach

(L to R) Andrew Lim, OD, Paramount Family Vision, Ronald Kascius, OD, and Neal T. Kappenberg, iVitium along with Eichin Lim, OD, Paramount Vision attend Marcolin’s exclusive Guess poolside party at TAO Beach in the Venetian.

Carl Zeiss Vision Connects With The Blue Man Group

(L to R) Zeiss’ Jens Boy, Veneeta Eason, and Claude Labeeuw, enjoy dinner at Hussong’s Cantina before heading to the Blue Man Group event.

Carl Zeiss Vision Connects With The Blue Man Group

(L) Carl Zeiss Vision’s regional manager along with Eye Center’s Baton Rouge general manager, Laurie Acosta are ready for the Blue Man Group.

Carl Zeiss Vision Connects With The Blue Man Group

(L to R) Carl Zeiss Vision’s Eric Kenner, Karen Roberts and Annette Saller are joined by Donald Glenz, OD, (c) following the Zeiss dinner held at Hussong’s Cantina.

OWA Networking & Raffle Event

Nichola Liboro, Daniel Lehrhaupt and Elana Lehrhaupt from Frames Data enjoy dressing up in the photo booth at the OWA Raffle.

OWA Networking & Raffle Event

(L to R) Jessica Darcy, Funoogles in Rockville Center, N.Y. with Torre Froehlich and Cindy Seamann, Design Vision in Milwaukee, Wis. pose for a photo during the OWA Raffle.

OWA Networking & Raffle Event

(L to R) Jennifer Douglas, VSP Optics Group; Robyn Crimmins, director of the OWA; Lynn Skyrme, Andy Kopitske, Nancy Roellke all with VSP Optics Group; and Alexandra Dreu, Dreu Consulting.

OWA Networking & Raffle Event

Jessica Butler, Eye Power Kid’s Wear and Mayah Bowen, Marco Ophthalmic join the fun at the OWA raffle and reception.

OWA Networking & Raffle Event

Linda Haas (l) and Rachel Smith Temmer, both of Myoptics.

OWA Networking & Raffle Event

Michael Zobrist (l) and Kathy Rismiller, both of Optical Lab Software Solutions, at the OWA reception and raffle.

OWA Networking & Raffle Event

(L to R) At the OWA raffle are Jessica Darcy, Funoogles; Torre Froehlich, Design Vision; Christi Jerome, Savco Optical; and Jessica Butler, Eye Power Kid’s Wear.

OWA Networking & Raffle Event

Eden Wexler (l) from Safilo and Tiara Claxton, director of the OWA (r) present Torre Froehlich (c) from Design Vision Milwaukee, Wis. with her Jimmy Choo raffle prize donated from Safilo.

ODs on Facebook Networking Party

Alan Glazier, OD, founder of ODs on Facebook poses for a photo before the party at TAO.

ODs on Facebook Networking Party

(L to R) Kim Bowling and Laura Fiorenza, OD, Montgomery Vision Care, Cincinnati, Ohio; Peter Kimerling, Identity Optical; and Sara Young, HW Holdings hold up their T-shirts as they enter the ODs on Facebook event at TAO.

ODs on Facebook Networking Party

(L to R) Brandon Rodman, Weaver; Vince Neil of Motley Crue; and Alan Glazier, OD at the party.

Bad Habits “Eye Docs of Rock” Opening Night Party

Bad Habits “Eye Docs of Rock” provided the entertainment at Vision Expo’s Opening Night Party held at the Hard Rock Café.

Bad Habits “Eye Docs of Rock” Opening Night Party

T-Shirts were given out at the door.

Bad Habits “Eye Docs of Rock” Opening Night Party

The party was sponsored by Vision Source, Costa, Essilor, De Rigo REM, Marco, Ocuco, RevolutionEHR, and was supported by Think About Your Eyes.