The Judges



Karen Giberson, The Accessories Council

Giberson has over 20 years of experience in marketing, merchandising and public/media relations. She is the president of The Accessories Council where she sets the vision of the organization and is responsible for over 16 events annually, including the ACE Awards. She is also a partner in Fred Siegel Partners, has executive produced the television show/product line “Avec Eric,” airing on PBS since 2009 and a partner in Hunter & Moss, a line of environmentally friendly handbags.

Clodagh Norton, Eyestylist

Norton is a British journalist who has worked in the optical sector for over 12 years. She is editorial director of 20/20 Europe and co-founder of the Eyestylist, The Fine Eyewear Design Review, a new site dedicated to high-quality sunglass and spectacle designs. Since 2008, she has also worked as a communications consultant specializing in consumer PR for eyewear companies.

Deirdre Carroll, Vision Monday

Carroll is senior editor of Vision Monday magazine, where she’s covered frames, sunwear and fashion accessories as well as retail buying and merchandising trends for the past five years. She is the creator and editor of Style.Pages in print and Bold Face and High Visibility on Carroll also serves as chief community officer for SightNation, the top social network community site for eyecare industry professionals.

Delia Paunescu, Vision Monday

Having joined Vision Monday in 2010, Paunescu is the publication’s assistant editor and social media coordinator. Her focus for the publication is on independent retailers and the professional associations. She is also the creator and editor of the Local Diary, In/Store and Communique features of VM in print.

Marge Axelrad, Jobson Optical Group

A 23-year veteran in the optical industry, Axelrad is currently responsible for the overall editorial direction of Vision Monday including its print publication, VMail, its e-newsletters including CLICK, and special events including the VM Global Leadership Summit.