A Quick Recap: 6 Tidbits From the #VMSummit

By Stephanie Sengwe
Friday, March 22, 2019 3:09 PM The team here at VM kicked off the week with our annual Vision Monday Global Leadership Summit which took place at the Times Center this past Wednesday. This year’s program, titled "Decoding the Consumer: The New Science of Customer Behavior," focused on consumer trends and behavior. Those in attendance were presented with trends and tactics that are shaping business decision-making from top retail analysts, health care experts, data scientists and marketing innovators.

Services Held for Vision Industry Visionary, Al Berg

By Staff
Thursday, March 21, 2019 5:51 PM NEW YORK— Hundreds of friends, former business colleagues and family came to pay their respects as services were held on March 14th on Long Island for Alfred Berg, 67, one of the original co-founders of Marchon Eyewear, who later became the company’s president and CEO. He passed away on March 10 following a two-year battle with cancer, surrounded by his family.

Al Berg: A (Very) Fond Appreciation

By Marge Axelrad
Thursday, March 21, 2019 3:43 PM Some people are, simply, a force. They may not always know it, or see themselves that way, but that’s the impact or influence they have on other people. Al Berg, one of the co-founders of Marchon back in 1983 and then its president and CEO for some 25 years, was the visionary eyewear executive who was one of those forces for me. When I came to this business in 1988 as editor of a then-one-year-old business publication here at Jobson, covering a zooming, complicated business and not knowing a soul, Al was someone I gravitated to. He was quick, funny, a New Yorker like me, observant, driven, brave and passionate about business. He also seemed to ‘get’ me. He understood what we were trying to do, writing about a business that was growing in many directions, in leaps and bounds. He was fascinated by that, he was energized by it, sometimes very pro and sometimes con (!) and, man, did he let me know it.

Advancing Eyecare Names Brad Staley as Chief Executive Officer

By Staff
Tuesday, March 19, 2019 12:27 AM NORFOLK, Va.—Advancing Eyecare, a recently formed holding owned by private equity firm Atlantic Street Capital, has appointed Brad Staley as chief executive officer, effective immediately. Staley will oversee all operations of Advancing Eyecare's ophthalmic equipment industry business units: Lombart Instrument, Marco, INNOVA and Enhanced Medical Services, according to an announcement Monday. Staley is the first chief executive officer of Advancing Eyecare and will be responsible for each of the four individual companies under its ownership, a spokesman told VMAIL. David Marco and Bryan Bevin, a senior operating advisor to Atlantic Street Capital’s portfolio companies, will continue in their roles as co-chairman, the spokesman added.

Jeff Press Named Chief Creative Officer for Luxury Optical Holdings

By Staff
Tuesday, March 19, 2019 12:24 AM NEW YORK—Luxury Optical Holdings (LOH) has announced the promotion of Jeff Press to chief creative officer, overseeing product design and creative for Robert Marc NYC, Morgenthal Frederics,and its designer collaborations, including Oscar de la Renta and Monse. (LOH) is a leading designer and purveyor of independent eyewear with a global footprint.The company owns the Robert Marc NYC and Morgenthal Frederics brands and has the exclusive distribution rights for the Lunor brand in the U.S. LOH manufactures and distributes its handcrafted specialty frames and lenses in 28 eyewear boutiques throughout North America and through an expanding global wholesale network.

Today's Vision Names New President

By Staff
Monday, March 18, 2019 12:24 AM HOUSTON—Today’s Vision Licensing Corporation (TVLC) has changed leadership for the first time in its 15-year history and has named Dr. Ali Mostaghimi as president. At 39, he is one of the youngest doctor presidents of a major U.S. optometry group, the company pointed out. Dr. Mostaghimi succeeds Dr. Donald Glenz, who founded Today’s Vision in 1984 as a franchise group. Dr. Glenz continued as the TVLC president after he and partner Stig Pederson sold to the original 22 doctors who founded TVLC. After 42 years practicing in Houston, Dr. Glenz recently sold his practice.

It’s All About Strategy and Structure for ABB Optical’s New Chief Executive Officer Tom Burke

By Staff
Monday, March 18, 2019 12:21 AM CORAL SPRINGS, Fla.—For Tom Burke, who joined ABB Optical as chief executive officer last year, running an organization successfully comes down to two things: strategy and structure. This is the formula he has relied upon in running various businesses over a 40-year career (mostly under the Cardinal Health corporate umbrella) and it underpins the plan he’s worked to put in place since joining ABB last August. “If the strategy is solid and the structure is great and you execute, then you can do anything,” Burke told VMAIL in a recent interview. “That was my story with Cardinal.”

Dr. Dwight Akerman Named Chief Medical Editor of Review of Myopia Management

By Staff
Monday, March 18, 2019 12:18 AM NEW YORK—Dwight Akerman, OD, MBA, FAAO, has been named chief medical editor of Review of Myopia Management a multichannel website that has just made its debut. Dr. Akerman is a health care leader with extensive experience in myopia management, peer education and communications, medical marketing, innovation, financial management, and M&A/business development and licensing. Prior to joining Review of Myopia Management, Dr. Akerman was the vice president and global head of professional affairs and business development for Alcon, a Novartis Division.

The Optometrist Next Door: Lili Liang Is the OD You Want to Check Your Eyes and Hang Out With

By Stephanie Sengwe
Friday, March 15, 2019 11:39 AM Lili Liang is a spunky, Taiwan-born optometrist who now resides in Vancouver. After moving to Canada at 13, Liang continued her education in the Great White North until she moved to Montreal to attend university. She later came to the U.S. and attended Salus University—Pennsylvania College of Optometry, where she graduated with a dual degree as a Doctor of Optometry and Master of Public Health in 2016. Post-graduation, she took it back home and started working at Durant Sessions, which was a boutique optical store and she was brought into the optometry practice that same year.

New Look Group Names Maltais as Senior Vice President, Omni Channel

By Staff
Friday, March 15, 2019 12:27 AM MONTREAL—New Look Vision Group Inc. (TSX: BCI) has announced the appointment of Jean-Michel Maltais as senior vice president omni channel. The move was effective March 11. Maltais is an international executive with more than 20 years of experience in multi-channel retail marketing and technologies, principally in the United Kingdom, according to the announcement earlier this week. A native of Quebec, he is a graduate of Université Laval (Electrical Engineering, Electrical and Electronics Engineering) and Cranfield School of Management (MBA). He began his career at a major Canadian aerospace company.

Ocuco Makes Deloitte’s Best Managed Companies List Again

By Staff
Friday, March 15, 2019 12:21 AM DUBLIN—Ocuco, a leading supplier of software for optical retail and optical labs, has been named as one of Deloitte’s Best Managed companies in the Deloitte Best Managed Irish Companies Awards program, in association with Bank of Ireland. The company, which demonstrated superior business performance for the second year, was recognized at a gala awards dinner in Dublin on March 1. Commenting on the award, Leo MacCanna, CEO of Ocuco remarked, “The Best Managed Companies is an excellent opportunity to continuously audit, examine and test our strategy, management systems and team within a formal framework provided by Deloitte.

ASCO Broadens Public Awareness of Optometry with New ‘Optometry Gives Me Life’ Campaign

By Staff
Thursday, March 14, 2019 12:18 AM ROCKVILLE, Md.—The Association of Schools and Colleges of Optometry (ASCO) is launching a national public awareness campaign, “Optometry Gives Me Life,” to address concerns among ASCO and its optometric institutions about “a troubling decline, in recent years, of qualified applicants to each institution’s first-year class,” according to an announcement this week.

MediXall.com Expands into Eyecare With Appointment of Howard J. Braverman, OD

By Staff
Monday, March 11, 2019 12:21 AM FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla.—MediXall Group Inc., MediXall Group, Inc. (OTCQB: MDXL), division of MediXall.com, a technology and innovation-driven organization focused on transforming the patient-provider experience, ihas announced the company's expansion into the eyecare arena with the appointment of Dr. Howard J. Braverman to the MediXall Advisory Board. Dr. Braverman brings a distinguished career of more than 40 years in the eyecare industry, including practicing optometry in Florida for more than 28 years, as well as serving as the president of the American Optometric Association (AOA).

Former AOA President Donald E. Jarnagin, OD, Passes Away While on Mission Trip

By Staff
Monday, March 11, 2019 12:18 AM ST. LOUIS—Donald E. Jarnagin, OD, a past president of the American Optometric Association (AOA), passed away March 3, according to an AOA announcement last week. Jarnagin, who served as the 74th president of AOA, was “a charismatic educator and mentor, and a passionate optometric leader who pioneered the advancement of the profession,” AOA said in its announcement. Jarnagin, who was 74, passed following a long battle with cancer while on a mission trip in Guatemala, the association noted.

PECAA Promotes Jamie Hughes to Senior Vice President and General Manager

By Staff
Friday, March 8, 2019 12:24 AM MADISON, Wis.—Jamie Hughes, general manager of the Professional Eye Care Associates of America (PECAA), has been promoted to senior vice president and will retain the general manager title and responsibilities, according to an announcement Thursday. Hughes brings a wealth of experience in the eyecare field to the group, having worked as director of optical services for Oregon Eye Specialists, as operations director for OHSU/Casey Eye Institute, and as international operations director for Gimbel Eye Center, which was the first ophthalmic care practice in Canada to perform laser vision correction, refractive lens exchange and implantable corrective lens procedures.