NAVCP Vision Health Summit to Feature P&G’s ‘Chief Troublemaker’ as Keynote Speaker

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Wednesday, February 20, 2019 12:27 AM WASHINGTON—The National Association of Vision Care Plans (NAVCP) has announced that Dustin Garis, a former global brand innovation leader at Procter & Gamble’s (P&G) FutureWorks, will deliver the keynote address at its 2019 Vision Health Summit. The summit is scheduled for April 14 to 16 at the MGM National Harbor in Washington, D.C. The early-bird registration period ends March 1. Throughout his disruptive career at some of the world’s most-respected companies, Garis became known as “Chief Troublemaker” for his innovative approach to brand-building, customer experience and change leadership, NAVCP said in its announcement.

Marcolin Group and Max Mara Fashion Group Sign Multi-Year License for Sportmax Eyewear

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Wednesday, February 20, 2019 12:24 AM LONGARONE, Italy—Marcolin Group and Max Mara Fashion Group have announced the signing of an exclusive worldwide licensing agreement for the design, production and distribution of sunglass and eyeglass frames for women under the Sportmax brand. The agreement, valid for five years, will be effective Jan. 1, 2019 until December 2023. The Sportmax Eyewear collection will be previewed to optical in February at this year’s Mido. The collection will be on sale from April 2019 at selected opticians and in Sportmax and Max Mara boutiques.

Mondottica International Renews Licenses for Hackett London and Pepe Jeans

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Wednesday, February 20, 2019 12:21 AM LONDON—Mondottica International announced the global renewal of the eyewear licenses for Hackett London and Pepe Jeans through the end of 2024. Jeremy Hackett, Hackett founder said, “Eyewear offers the finishing touch to a gentleman’s outfit and we are delighted to continue our license with Mondottica International making elegant collections and expanding our accessories offering at Hackett London to cater for all men’s needs.”

Southern College of Optometry Adds New Board of Trustees Chair, Member

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Wednesday, February 20, 2019 12:18 AM MEMPHIS, Tenn.—The Southern College of Optometry (SCO) has announced two additions to their board of trustees. James Sandefur, OD, will be stepping into the role of board chair, while  Jennifer Lyerly, OD, will become the board’s newest member. Dr. Sandefur has served on the board of trustees at SCO, his alma mater, for several years, and officially assumed the chair position in January. He has spent more than 30 years in private practice in Oakdale, Louisiana, and was one of the first optometrists to serve on a hospital staff in the state.

California Optometric Association Helps Diabetes Patients Connect With Health Care

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Wednesday, February 20, 2019 12:15 AM SACRAMENTO, Calif.—A recent California Health Policy Strategies policy brief finds that the partnership between the California Optometric Association (COA), Anthem Blue Cross Medi-Cal Health Plan, and community health centers throughout California was successful in connecting diabetes patients with comprehensive care. In this partnership, Anthem Blue Cross Medi-Cal Health Plan reached out to its members with a history of diabetes who had not accessed recommended health screenings, and invited them to the Diabetes Day Clinic at a local health center.

Total ECP Names Dr. Ben Gaddie President and Launches New Shared Services Platform

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Tuesday, February 19, 2019 9:15 AM CINCINNATI—Total Eye Care Partners (Total ECP), a group of medically focused optometry practices founded in 2017 and based here, has named Dr. Ben Gaddie as president of the organization, according to an announcement Tuesday morning. Dr. Gaddie previously served as chief medical officer of Total ECP, and his Kentucky-based practice group, Gaddie Eye Centers, served as Total ECP’s launch platform in the optometric sector. Toronto-based Imperial Capital Group is the private equity firm that backed the formation of Total ECP in late 2017, as VMAIL reported. Dr. Gaddie succeeds former president and chief executive Bob Barton.

Retail, Health Care and Branding Experts Join VM Summit Program

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Tuesday, February 19, 2019 12:27 AM NEW YORK—The Vision Monday Global Leadership Summit is deepening its focus on consumer trends and behavior as experts in retailing, health care and branding join the day-long program. The live exclusive event, titled, "Decoding the Consumer: The New Science of Customer Behavior," will be held Wednesday, March 20, 2019 at the Times Center here, just prior to Vision Expo East. Six new speakers have been added to the Summit program.

De Rigo REM’s Police Is Official Eyewear in Sony Pictures’ ‘Men in Black: International’

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Tuesday, February 19, 2019 12:24 AM SUN VALLEY, Calif.—De Rigo REM has announced that its well-known lifestyle brand, Police, will be appearing in Sony Pictures’ Men in Black: International. In the film, the MIB agents are seen wearing the new Origins 1 SPL872 style. Men In Black: International, which makes its U.S. debut on June 14, 2019, features an A-list cast including Chris Hemsworth, Tessa Thompson, Liam Neeson and Rebecca Ferguson among others. Police is a proprietary brand of the De Rigo Group and this new model was created exclusively for the film, among others.

Award-Winning Artist Common to Speak at Vision Expo’s Inaugural EYE2EYE Series

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Tuesday, February 19, 2019 12:21 AM ALEXANDRIA, Va.—Award-winning artist Common will headline Vision Expo East’s inaugural EYE2EYE series, according to an announcement from show organizers. Common will take part in “an inspirational and empowering conversation” with attendees at the BRIDGE, a new Exhibit Hall destination, on Friday, March 22, from 5:00–5:45 p.m. with a 15-minute Q&A to follow, the announcement said. Prior to the conversation, Common will be available for a private meet and greet at 4:30 p.m. Only one Tony Award away from becoming an EGOT—Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, Tony—winner, Common is an American hip-hop recording artist, actor, film producer and poet who has be honored with three Grammy Awards and the NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor.

Women In Optometry Welcomes Six New Board Members

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Tuesday, February 19, 2019 12:18 AM NEW YORK—Women in Optometry has announced the addition of six new members to their board. WO board members serve two year terms. The new board members for 2019-20 are: Jenny Coyle, OD, MS, FAAO. Cole is dean of the Pacific University College of Optometry, where she began studying 30 years ago. Cole, who was WO’s 2018 Theia Award winner for education, is passionate about preparing students for the demands they will face when they become professionals. She said, “I had so many great mentors during my career, and mentorship is so important. I feel that it’s our duty to give back to the profession.

2nd Annual Canadian Frame Study Reveals Opportunities and Threats

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Tuesday, February 19, 2019 12:15 AM NEW YORK—The results of the second annual Canadian Frame Market internet study, jointly conducted by VuePoint IDS and Jobson Optical Research, are now available. The 2018 study, building upon the inaugural research conducted in 2017, reveals that eyecare professionals are choosing to be more selective and do business with fewer frame suppliers, according to an announcement from VuePoint IDS. The distribution strength of the top players shows signs of weakening compared to the previous year. Only 2 of the top 10 companies showed gains in distribution.

Thai Optical Group Releases 2018 Results, Restructures Management Team and Plans to Expand U.S. Customer Base

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Friday, February 15, 2019 12:24 AM BANGKOK—Thai Optical Group announced its 2018 results, a restructuring of its management team and efforts to expand its customer base with a focus on the U.S. and the European Union.

Rockin’ for New Eyes Tickets on Sale Now

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Friday, February 15, 2019 12:21 AM NEW YORK—Tickets are now on sale for Rockin’ for New Eyes, the annual rock ‘n’ roll fundraiser in support of New Eyes for the Needy.

Kno2 and Vision Source Receive 2019 Microsoft Health Innovation Awards

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Friday, February 15, 2019 12:18 AM BOISE, Idaho and KINGWOOD, Texas—Kno2, in collaboration with Vision Source, has been selected as a recipient of the Empower Your Care Teams and Employees category of Microsoft’s 2019 Health Innovation Awards. The awards were announced at the 2019 HIMSS Annual Conference and Exhibition in Orlando. They were created to recognize health organizations and their technology solution partners for using Microsoft’s intelligent health technologies in innovative ways, which help empower care teams, improve clinical and operational outcomes, and advance precision health care.

VMAIL Scheduling Note for Feb. 18, 2019

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Friday, February 15, 2019 12:15 AM NEW YORK—Due to the Presidents' Day Holiday, there will be no VMAIL on Monday, Feb. 18. Look for VMAIL to land back in your inbox on Tuesday, Feb. 19. And don’t miss this Saturday’s edition of VMail Weekend, which will feature Today’s Read and Optical on Main Street in addition to all the regular Weekend departments.