Latest News Vision-Ease Lens Hires Richard Blacker as VP of Research and Development By Staff Friday, December 07, 2012 12:27 AM RAMSEY, Minn.— Vision-Ease Lens (VEL) recently welcomed Richard Blacker as vice president of research and development. Blacker is responsible for managing the development and introduction of all new products and lens concepts for VEL. “Richard’s background and expertise are a significant addition to Vision-Ease Lens,” said Doug Hepper, president and CEO of VEL. “As the optical market evolves more and more quickly, Richard’s leadership will allow us to bring new products to the market faster and improve our the performance of our existing product offerings.” Blacker brings more than 15 years of experience in successfully managing research and development teams across several industries. Before joining VEL, he was employed at Guardian Industries, a glass manufacturing company, focusing on sputter technology and chemical coatings. Prior to Guardian Industries, he worked on thin film processes at Veeco and SOLA USA.