OWA to Honor Costa’s Rush, MyEyeDr.’s Lewis and DeRigo REM’s Goebert in March

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Friday, December 14, 2018 12:24 AM DALLAS—The Optical Women’s Association (OWA) has announced its three honorees for 2019, women who reflect the OWA’s core values of enhancing the leadership and professional development of women in optical industry, the organization said. The OWA’s Pleiades Award honoree is Holly Rush, CEO of Costa. The OWA’s Pyxis Award will be presented to Laura Lewis, vice president of human resources for MyEyeDr. and the OWA’s Emerging Leader honor will go to Jessica Goebert, public relations and marketing manager of De Rigo REM. They will be honored at OWA's annual Champagne Breakfast on Thursday, March 21 at the Edison Ballroom. The breakfast is held just prior to International Vision Expo East. Registration will open soon for the event.

Alcon Appoints Roger Lopez to Succeed Jim Murphy as Region President of Japan

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Friday, December 14, 2018 12:18 AM FORT WORTH, Texas—Alcon, a global leader in eyecare, has announced the appointment of Roger Lopez as region president Alcon Japan, effective Jan. 1. Lopez succeeds Jim Murphy, who is retiring from the company after a distinguished, nearly 25-year career with Alcon, according to the announcement earlier this week. Lopez is an experienced executive who has worked across multiple geographies, including Europe, Middle East & Africa (EMEA), Asia and the U.S. He will report to Ian Bell, president international, and join the Alcon executive leadership team (ELT), according to the announcement.

Blue Sky Vision Names Candi Hamilton as Executive Director

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Thursday, December 13, 2018 12:21 AM GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—Blue Sky Vision has named Candi Hamilton as executive director for central and southern Michigan Blue Sky Vision practices.

Eyecare Services Partners Appoints Padma Cole as Vice President of Revenue Cycle Management

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Thursday, December 13, 2018 12:15 AM DALLAS—Eyecare Services Partners (ESP) has announced the appointment of Padma S. Cole as vice president of revenue cycle management. Cole joins ESP with 30 years of business leadership experience in revenue cycle management, optical products, multi-site health care and Six Sigma business transformation. In addition to this, Cole was previously vice president, revenue cycle operations for PPG Healthcare; vice president, revenue cycle point solutions for Parallon/HCA; director, hospital operations excellence for Conifer Health Solutions; director, advisory services for Texas Health Resources; vice president, physician services and customer support for Essilor of America as well as principal, e-business and service (Lean Six Sigma Business Transformation Leader) for Xerox, where she was also a general manager-developing markets.

Eyecare Services Partners Names Nicholas Sacco as Chief Operating Officer

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Wednesday, December 12, 2018 12:21 AM DALLAS—Eyecare Services Partners (ESP), a leader in integrated eyecare services, appointed Nicholas C. Sacco as chief operating officer, according to an announcement from ESP. Sacco comes to ESP with 18 years of leadership experience at Sheridan Healthcare Inc., a provider of comprehensive outsourced physician practice management services to hospital systems for anesthesiology, women's and children's health care, emergency medicine and radiology. Over the course of his career at Sheridan, he served in various operations and business development roles of increasing responsibility.

Visioneering Technologies Inc. Appoints Brian Lane as Chief Financial Officer

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Wednesday, December 12, 2018 12:15 AM ATLANTA—Vision care company and manufacturer of the NaturalVue Multifocal contact lens, Visioneering Technologies (ASX:VTI), has named Brian D. Lane, CPA, as its chief financial officer, according to an announcement from the company. Lane will play a vital role in the financial management of VTI. His responsibilities will include investor relations, strategic planning, financial reporting, as well as legal oversight and regulatory compliance. Lane joins VTI at a critical point in its history as the company is growing rapidly in the U.S. and recently began expanding internationally into Europe and Asia, the company said.

Opternative Changes Name to ‘Visibly’ to Better Reflect a Move Toward Partnerships

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Tuesday, December 11, 2018 9:45 AM CHICAGO—Opternative, seeking to rebrand and reposition itself as a technology company with an eye on partnerships, announced this morning that it has changed its company name to “Visibly.” The new name “fully embraces the solutions [the company] offers the eyecare industry and appropriately represents the broad scope of who we can serve,” the company said in its announcement. Brent Rasmussen, chief executive officer at Visibly, told VMAIL in a telephone interview that the company’s former name, Opternative, carried “a negative connotation...not only in the industry, but, obviously, with optometrists.”

Vision Source Names Michael Marcroft as VP of Marketing, Succeeding Randy Sones

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Monday, December 10, 2018 12:26 AM KINGWOOD, Texas—Vision Source, the largest network of private practice optometrists in North America, has named Michael Marcroft as its new vice president of marketing. He joins the network’s senior leadership team as of today (Monday, Dec.10) and will replace Randy Sones, who is currently vice president of marketing. Sones is retiring after a 27-year working history with Vision Source, according to an announcement. Marcroft will be responsible for the organization’s overall marketing strategies, initiatives and communications.

The Vision Council Names Business Executive George Blankenship as 2019 Executive Summit Keynote Speaker

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Thursday, December 6, 2018 12:24 AM ALEXANDRIA, Va.—The Vision Council’s 2019 Executive Summit lineup is rounding out with the announcement of George Blankenship, former executive at Apple Computer, Tesla Motors and GAP Inc., as the keynote speaker, according to an announcement from the Vision Council. With three decades of experience in international strategy, retail and real estate, Blankenship is best known for his growth strategies focused on customer experience, implemented in his work with such notable and impactful companies. As the greater vision and vision care industry continues to evolve and expand, Blankenship will offer a unique perspective on how organizations within the industry can adapt to an ever changing marketplace.

Ocuco Appoints Dr. Ian Lane as U.S. Product Director and Chief Medical Officer

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Thursday, December 6, 2018 12:21 AM DUBLIN, Ireland—Ocuco, a leading global eyecare software company, has appointed Dr. Ian Lane, OD, FAAO to the position of U.S. product director and chief medical officer, focusing on Ocuco’s flagship product, Acuitas. Dr. Lane brings 30 years of U.S. eyecare experience to Ocuco. After leaving the University of Houston, in Texas in 1982, Dr. Lane started in practice in California as an independent optometrist. He became involved in the early days of U.S. EHR and practice management systems while still in practice, which migrated into a full-time career.

Founder of I-deal Optics, Morton Feldman, Dies at 81

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Thursday, December 6, 2018 12:15 AM TROY, Mich.—Morton Feldman, I-deal Optics founder and optical industry veteran passed away on Nov. 29, 2018, at the age of 81. Beginning his optical career in the mid-60s, Feldman started Classic Optical in 1979. Feldman and his son Michael, established I-deal Optics in 1996 and built a reputation as a trusted vendor that delivers high level products and service to customers worldwide. Noted a statement from the family, Feldman’s business philosophy was the value of working as a team and that titles weren’t important.“ On any given day you could just as easily find him helping in the warehouse as you could closing key deals in his office. Over the years, ‘Mort’ developed many of the brands the company still offers today and was a significant influence in the direction and values of the company, even after retiring in 2009.”

Safilo Appoints Andrea Bulgarelli as New Digital Transformation Director

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Tuesday, December 4, 2018 12:18 AM PADUA, Italy—Safilo has appointed Andrea Bulgarelli as digital transformation director. In this role, Bulgarelli will lead Safilo’s e-commerce program as part of the company’s corporate direct-to-consumer strategy. He will report to Angelo Trocchia, Safilo’s CEO and will be based in Padua. In his career, Bulgarelli led the digital processes for the creation of the international e-commerce websites for Max Mara Group. More recently, at Benetton, he restructured the management of all consumer-facing touchpoints, developing this project into a digital hub, the company stated.

University of Arizona College of Optical Sciences Receives $20 Million Gift

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Tuesday, December 4, 2018 12:15 AM TUCSON, Ariz.—The University of Arizona (UA) College of Optical Sciences announced last week that it has received a $20 million pledge to support 10 new endowed faculty positions. The gift comes from the college's founding dean, professor emeritus James C. Wyant, and his family. It is the largest gift for endowed faculty chair positions in the university's history. "This is an incredible, enabling moment for the College of Optical Sciences, giving us an unprecedented opportunity to advance the rapidly expanding ways that optics and photonics can improve our lives," said Thomas L. Koch, dean of the College of Optical Sciences.

Relief Fund Set Up to Assist J&J Optical Employees Impacted by Camp Fire

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Monday, December 3, 2018 12:21 AM PARADISE, Calif.—Wholesale lab J&J Optical has set up a relief fund to aid employees who were evacuated last month during the Camp Fire in Paradise, Calif., where the lab is located. In a post on the lab’s GoFundMe.com page, J&J Optical’s president Jerry Haigh wrote, “Everyone lost their homes and to escape safely, literally left with only the clothes they were wearing. All evacuated safely and have reunited with family and friends. Some of our employees were renters and renters’ insurance does not cover additional living expenses while displaced. Many are with small children who have lost everything. Anything that could help them put their lives in order would be gratefully appreciated.”

Visioneering Appoints Peg Achenbach as VP, Professional Services

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Monday, December 3, 2018 12:18 AM ATLANTA—Visioneering Technologies Inc. (VTI) has named Peg Achenbach, OD, FAAO, as vice president, professional services and clinical science. In her new position, Dr. Achenbach will be responsible for increasing awareness of VTI’s portfolio of products and developing programs that help VTI better support independent ECPs to help them improve their businesses and clinical practices, according to an announcement. She also will work with leading ECPs in the U.S. and globally to expand participation in research studies and leading efforts to publish findings in key journals, Visioneering said.