Essilor, Luxottica Report Antitrust Process for Proposed Merger ‘Advancing in All Jurisdictions’

By Staff
Wednesday, July 26, 2017 12:33 AM MILAN and CHARENTON-le-PONT, France—Essilor and Luxottica reported that the combination of the two companies “continues to progress, with the antitrust process advancing in all jurisdictions.”

Vision Council’s Lab Division Names Directors’ Choice Award Recipient and 2017 Hall of Fame Inductees

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Wednesday, July 26, 2017 12:30 AM ALEXANDRIA, Va.—The Lab Division of The Vision Council announced the industry veterans who will be recognized during the Directors’ Choice Award and 18th annual Lab Division Hall of Fame celebration on Wednesday, Sept. 13 in conjunction with the Lab Division Meeting and International Vision Expo West.

Luxottica’s LensCrafters Retail Division Turns Focus to ‘Retail Excellence’

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Wednesday, July 26, 2017 12:27 AM MILAN—As Luxottica Group S.p.A. (MTA:LUX) transitions to a greater emphasis on “retail excellence” and moves away from promotional selling, company management reported this week that the ongoing changes and the corresponding results of its retail division, particularly LensCrafters, is “progressing as we planned.”

Industry Friends and Colleagues Recall Gloria Nicola’s Talent and Generosity

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Wednesday, July 26, 2017 12:24 AM NEW YORK—Accolades for former 20/20 Magazine editor Gloria Nicola flowed from friends and colleagues following news of her death last week.

Costa Introduces New Sales Structure and Announces New Sales Leadership Team

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Wednesday, July 26, 2017 12:21 AM DAYTONA, Fla.—Costa has announced a new sales structure that is designed to focus on leadership for each of its core businesses.

Increase in Exhibitors and Expansion of Booths to Headline Vision Expo West

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Wednesday, July 26, 2017 12:18 AM ALEXANDRIA, Va.—Show organizers for International Vision Expo West 2017 have confirmed an increase in exhibitors and expansion of many existing exhibitor booths in the trendsetting Galleria on the show floor, as well as over 140 luxury brands for its exclusive Suites program in the Venetian Hotel.

Centre Partners Announces Investment in Chesapeake Eye Care

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Wednesday, July 26, 2017 12:15 AM NEW YORK—Centre Partners, a middle market private equity firm with offices in New York and Los Angeles, has completed an investment in Chesapeake Eye Care Company, LLC, a newly formed entity that combines two leading Mid-Atlantic ophthalmology practices—Chesapeake Eye Care and Laser Center and Whitten Laser Eye.

Private-Equity Backed Eyeconic Vision Partners Acquires Phoenix Eyecare Group

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Monday, July 24, 2017 12:27 AM NEW YORK—Cortec Group, a private equity firm said that its portfolio company Eye Academy Holdings Inc. acquired Swagel-Wootton Hiatt Eye Center of Phoenix.

Gloria Nicola, Former 20/20 Magazine Fashion Expert, Passes Away

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Monday, July 24, 2017 12:24 AM NEW YORK—Gloria Nicola, a former senior editor of 20/20 magazine, passed away on July 19 at her home in Long Island, N.Y. She was 74 years old. Nicola, who retired from the magazine in October, 2014 after 27 years, covered frames, sunwear and accessories.

New Presenters and Honorees Listed for the 21st Annual ACE Awards

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Monday, July 24, 2017 12:21 AM NEW YORK—The Accessories Council will celebrate its 21st annual ACE Awards on Aug. 7, 2017 at Cipriani 42nd Street.

[Correction] Transitions Among Sponsors for Prevent Blindness’ Swing Fore Sight

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Monday, July 24, 2017 12:18 AM CHICAGO—Transitions is the Gold Sponsor of Prevent Blindness’ 10th Annual Swing Fore Sight Golf Tournament taking place Sept. 13 at the Spanish Trail Country Club in Las Vegas. The company’s name was omitted in the July 21 edition of VMail.

Best Practices for Hiring an Associate on the July 26 ‘Power Hour’

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Monday, July 24, 2017 12:15 AM FRANKLIN LAKES, N.J.—Gary Gerber, OD, founder of The Power Practice will be discussing best practices for hiring a new associate on the July 26 airing of his weekly broadcast, Power Hour.

Google Redesigns Glass for Industry-Specific Applications

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Friday, July 21, 2017 12:24 AM MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif.—After two years of development, Google is releasing a re-engineered version of Glass designed specifically for use in the workplace.

Prevent Blindness’ 10th Annual Swing Fore Sight to Take Place Sept. 13 in Las Vegas

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Friday, July 21, 2017 12:21 AM CHICAGO—Prevent Blindness will be hosting its 10th Annual Swing Fore Sight Golf Tournament in conjunction with Vision Expo West on Sept. 13, in Las Vegas.

Primary Eyecare Network Adds Gateway Professional Network to Vendor Panel

By Staff
Friday, July 21, 2017 12:18 AM ALAMEDA, Calif.—Primary Eyecare Network (PEN), a division of ABB Optical Group, announced that it has added Gateway Professional Network (GPN) to its vendor panel.
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