Block Buying Group

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Block Buying Group

Founded: 1983

Owner: Michael Block, president
Executives: Carolyn Walsh, general manager; Judy Biglin, controller; Scott Abel, director of business development
Contact: www.blockbg.com; (800) 524-1480
Programs: vendor discounts; Elite Vendor Program allows members to earn additional rebates based on achieving modest goals; proprietary iChoice progressive lens; no-charge credit processing; no fees to join and no administrative fees; monthly newsletter; monthly video series on Eyefind and VisionMonday.com
Event: annual Block Business Academy
Members: 4,000
Focus for 2012: Elite Vendor Program;
iChoice lens