Hymes Named Executive Director, Brauns Named Associate Exec Director of American Optometric Association

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Tuesday, July 29, 2014 12:30 PM WASHINGTON, D.C. and ST. Louis, Mo.—The board of trustees of the American Optometric Association (AOA) has named Jon Hymes as executive director, according to David A. Cockrell, OD, AOA president and member of the special committee that led a nationwide executive search.

Recipients Announced for American Academy of Optometry 2014 Awards

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Monday, July 28, 2014 12:30 AM DENVER—The American Academy of Optometry has announced the recipients of the various awards for distinguished individuals in optometry for 2014.

AOAExcel Launches Enhanced Partnership With AXA Equitable

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Monday, July 28, 2014 12:27 AM NEW YORK and ST. LOUIS— AOAExcel has expanded its relationship with AXA Equitable, one of the largest insurance and retirement planning companies in the U.S., to offer an enhanced suite of retirement planning solutions to members of the American Optometric Association.

Optometry Giving Sight Appoints Chief Development Officer for North America

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Monday, July 28, 2014 12:24 AM DENVER— Optometry Giving Sight has appointed Eric Anderson as chief development officer for North America to help increase fundraising capacity in the U.S., Canada and Mexico.

Leading Optical Speakers Will Talk About 'Digitizing The Store' at VM LIVE Sept. 17 Event in Las Vegas

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Monday, July 28, 2014 12:21 AM NEW YORK—How is technology changing the eyewear retail and patient experience? Optical speakers, leaders from various segments of the regional and national retail and eyecare professional sectors, will explain how they’re “Digitizing The Store,” at a special VM LIVE two-hour program, examining how new technologies are transforming the patient experience and doctor/retailer/patient dynamics.

The VM LIVE event will be held Wednesday, Sept. 17 just prior to the start of Vision Expo West. Seating is limited but registration is still open for the event, which will be held from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m., followed by a one-hour cocktail reception at The Venetian Hotel.

Featuring expert speakers from outside the industry as well, who will be announced soon, industry leaders will be discussing some of the technology tools they use and share their views about how technology is modernizing the eyewear retail environment. Among those optical industry speakers are: Richard Edlow, OD, president, Katzen Eye Group; Eric Anderson, president and general manager, LensCrafters; and Jonathan Rosin, MD, co-owner, Rosin Eyecare.

“All retailers and ECPs are asking: does my operation’s brand experience meet the expectations of today’s omni-channel shoppers and discriminating patients?,” said Marge Axelrad, SVP and editorial director of VM. “ VM LIVE will illustrate some current approaches being used and update executive decisionmakers about this important change.”

Premier sponsors for “Digitizing The Store” include ABS-SmartMirror and Adlens.

Registration and fee details for VM LIVE are posted here.

What Do Patients Think? Research Trends Reveal Opinions on July 30 ‘Power Hour’

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Monday, July 28, 2014 12:18 AM FRANKLIN LAKES, N.J.—How do today’s patients view their experience at independent ODs vs chains? Research on those views and other patient expectations will be the topic of the July 30 edition of ‘The Power Hour,” the weekly radio broadcast hosted by Gary Gerber, OD, founder of The Power Practice.

Movie Men on VisionMonday.com

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Monday, July 28, 2014 12:15 AM NEW YORK—Starlets often get all the hype but here at Bold Face we’re a big fan of movie men too. In our latest edition, Bold Face: Movie Men, we feature three super talented actors, some of their most recent projects and of course their current eyewear faves thanks to Marchon, Mykita Mylon and Barton Perreira.

Optical Lab Division Announces Directors' Choice Award Recipient and 2014 Hall of Fame Inductees

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Friday, July 25, 2014 12:27 AM ALEXANDRIA, Va.—The Optical Lab Division of The Vision Council has revealed the names of 10 industry veterans who will be recognized during the Directors’ Choice Award and 15th Annual Optical Pioneers Hall of Fame banquet on Sept. 17 from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m.

Luxottica Renews License Agreement With Chanel

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Friday, July 25, 2014 12:24 AM MILAN— Luxottica Group S.p.A. (NYSE: LUX) and Chanel have announced the signing of a new license agreement for the exclusive development, manufacture and worldwide distribution of Chanel prescription frames and sunglasses through Dec.31, 2018.

Spy Promotes Charlie Ninegar to Vice President of Sales

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Friday, July 25, 2014 12:21 AM CARLSBAD, Calif.— Spy Inc. (OTCBB: XSPY) has announced that Charlie Ninegar was promoted to vice president of North American sales at Spy, effective July 14, 2014.

The CFDA Includes l.a. Eyeworks Founders Among New Members for 2014

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Friday, July 25, 2014 12:18 AM NEW YORK—The Council of Fashion Designers of America’s (CFDA) board of directors has ratified the membership of 30 new designers for 2014; among the new inductees are optical industry members Barbara McReynolds and Gai Gherardi of l.a. Eyeworks.

C&E Vision and Vision West Launch ECPInteract, New Learning Model

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Friday, July 25, 2014 12:15 AM SAN DIEGO— Vision West and C&E Vision have announced a major initiative as founding co-sponsors of a new approach to online learning, ECPInteract.

Transitions Hosts Roundtable to Improve the Eye Health of Culturally Diverse Populations

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Wednesday, July 23, 2014 12:30 AM PINELLAS PARK, Fla.—To improve eye health awareness and encourage regular eyecare among ethnic populations at greater risk for health problems that can lead to serious vision impairment, Transitions Optical hosted a roundtable discussion exploring a greater need for eyecare professionals to collaborate with other key influencers.

REM and FYidoctors Announce Distribution Deal for Converse in Canada

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Wednesday, July 23, 2014 12:27 AM SUN VALLEY, Calif.— REM Eyewear has announced an exclusive distribution agreement for Converse Eyewear with FYidoctors, one of Canada’s largest providers of ophthalmic products and services.

Services to Be Held for Darryl Meister, ABOM, 42, Zeiss Technical Marketing Manager

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Wednesday, July 23, 2014 12:24 AM JEFFERSON CITY, Mo.—Darryl Meister, ABOM, technical marketing manager for Carl Zeiss Vision, passed away unexpectedly on Sunday, July 20, 2014.