CSC’s Kim Retires After Five Decades in Optical

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SCOTTS VALLEY, Calif.—Dong K. Kim, the long-standing group president and chief executive officer of CSC Laboratories, Ocular Labs, and Microcoating Labs was honored on March 22 at a gala retirement reception here capping his 50-year optical career. Over 160 guests attended the event, including local optometrists and opticians, vendors, friends, family, as well as employees of CSC and Ocular Labs, celebrated Kim’s dedication to excellence and leadership in the optical industry.

Attendees enjoyed an evening of remembrance and tribute to Kim. Special guests included Francois Glon, the newly appointed president and general manager of CSC Group; Richard Hughes, vice president of Essilor Labs-West region; Bob Colucci, president of Independent Distribution Division of Essilor of America; and Kevin Rupp, executive vice president and chief financial officer of Essilor of America.

“Mr. Kim provided a vision and a commitment to that vision that has made CSC one of the top optical companies in the U.S.,” said Rupp. “His drive and determination has built an outstanding optical company and a distinguished career, his commitment to his customers, his employees and the optical industry will be missed and difficult to replace.”

Dennis Metas, executive committee chairman of the California Association of Dispensing Opticians (CADO), presented Kim with the CADO award. Pierson Ball, Shamir Insight’s sales manager, Western U.S. and Canada, who presented an award virtually, remarked, “It’s been a real pleasure working with you to build and develop the industry and the markets that we’ve all devoted our lives and careers to for so many years.”

Colucci and Rupp presented Kim with Tiffany gifts, wine and crystal on behalf of Essilor. The evening closed with the presentation of a leadership award on behalf of CSC Group, presented by Glon.

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Among the well-wishers at D.K. Kim’s retirement party were, from left: Bob Colucci, Essilor of America; Debbie Paille, CSC Group; Kevin Rupp, Essilor of America; Richard Hughes, Essilor Labs; Kimberly Upton, CSC Group.

Kimberly Upton, CSC Group; John Van Every, OD; D.K. Kim, CSC Group; Tina Yorkey, CSC Group.

D.K. Kim receiving the CADO award from Dennis Metas, California Association of Dispensing Opticians.

Kevin Rupp, D.K. Kim and Bob Colucci.

Paul Yoon, CSC Group; Francois Glon, CSC Group; Bob Colucci; Bu Kim, CSC Laboratories.