Coastal Contacts Names Collins New President


Gary Collins.

VANCOUVER, Brit. Columbia— Coastal Contacts Inc. (TSX:COA) (Stockholm:COA) has appointed Gary Collins as its president, a new position for the company.
Most recently, Collins was senior vice president of Belkorp Industries, a private company. Belkorp has diverse holdings in a variety of industries including environmental services, real estate, sugar, agriculture, airlines and capital management.

Prior to Belkorp, Collins was the president and CEO of Harmony Airways. He also served as the Minister of Finance for the Province of British Columbia from 2001 to 2004. In addition, Collins serves as a director on the company boards of Lantic and Rogers Sugar, Chorus Aviation Inc. and Liquor Stores North America Inc.

"We are pleased to have a leader of Gary's caliber join the Coastal team as we build out our management group," stated Roger Hardy, Coastal's founder and CEO. "Coastal has established its position as the leader in the online eyewear category, which has created many additional avenues for growth. Having a seasoned executive like Gary join the team will allow us to capitalize on more of those opportunities."

Hardy will continue in his role as CEO and chairman of the board.

Coastal Contacts, Inc. serves customers in more than 150 countries through the Coastal Contacts family of websites including:,,,,,,,,, and Coastallens.