BUSINESS: Suppliers ‘Experience It!’ – Transitions’ Latest Technology, Awards and More at 18th Annual Academy By Staff Monday, February 10, 2014 12:00 AM ORLANDO, Fla.—Transitions Optical introduced its latest lens technology (Transitions Signature VII) and honored labs, retailers and managed care executives at its 18th annual Transitions Academy held here at Disney’s Contemporary Resort. More than 1,200 industry professionals from North and South America participated in the three-day, invitation-only event themed “Experience It!” Vision Monday was there, documenting all the attendees, winners and technology so you can “Experience It!” here for yourself. ■ 1/16 Transition’s Dave Cole was “amazed and humbled” by the company’s growth and the audience’s participation. “Information does not transform us, experience does,” said Transitions’ Brian Hauser, relating to the event’s theme. Charmingly witty and inexhaustibly humorous, “Myopia Snellen” kept the event running smoothly. Two-time honoree, Optical Prescription Lab was named the 23rd annual Lab of the Year. Barnet Dulaney Perkins Eye Center won the fourth annual U.S. Regional Retailer of the Year award. Visionworks was honored as the fourth annual U.S. National Retailer of the Year. Clarus Optical became the third annual U.S. Eyecare Practice of the Year. Broward Health’s Vincent Colonna (r) was named the second annual Human Resources Visionary of the Year. USI Insurance Services’ Sara Niemeyer won the fourth annual Broker of the Year award. The Eye Care Group’s Wael Yassein was honored as Canada’s fifth annual ECP of the Year. Loblaw Optical became Canada’s second annual Retailer of the Year. Last year’s ECP of the Year, Eric M. White, OD, (r) met with Transitions’ Scott Henning. (L to R) Transitions Jim Schafer with multiple lab of the year winner, Toledo Optical’s Brian Green and Bob Lommerse. Nominated in two categories, Costco was represented by (l to r) Erin Sieglock, Cary Carlson and Denise Mogil. National Vision’s Bob Stein (l) with WellPoint’s Richard Hom. (L to R) Younger Optics’ Robert Lee, Sara Caputo, Brian Schleiger and Lorena Medrano.