Reaching 90-Year Milestone, SECO Maintains U.S. Focus While Expanding Globally

ATLANTA—SECO International celebrated its 90th anniversary here Feb. 27 to March 3, attracting well over 7,000 eyecare professionals to some 240 CE courses, more than 100 world-renowned speakers, nearly 300 exhibitors and over 50 social and affiliate events.

Highlighting the event was SECO’s ongoing collaboration with the U.K.’s Association of Optometrists (AOP) and their joint announcement to collaborate on an event in London, Oct. 6 to 8, 2013.

Taking over as president, Darby Chiasson, OD, of Cut Off, La., told Vision Monday his three primary goals for 2013 are: 1) to encourage the success of “London 2013 Education Destination,” 2) to determine the effectiveness of SECO’s educational programs through pre-CE testing and post-CE surveys, and 3) to institute more practice management education. For SECO 2014, Chiasson also hinted at “big changes planned for our social events and exhibits as well.”

 SECO International executives cut the ribbon on the 2013 event.
SECO 2013 attracted well over 7,000 optometrists, opticians, certified ophthalmic technicians, paraoptometric and other eyecare professionals.
Outgoing SECO president Ronald Foreman, OD, (r) and chairman of the U.K.’s Association of Optometrists, David Shannon, OD, FAAO, MCOptom, signed an agreement to collaborate on an event in London.

 Incoming SECO president, Darby Chiasson, OD.
Erich Baumann, OD, FAAO, introduced Alcon’s patented new innovation, water gradient contact lenses.
American Board of Optometry, executive director, Jeffrey L. Weaver, OD, MBA, MS.
Gary Gerber, OD, chief dream officer, The Power Practice, presented to an audience of independent eyecare professionals.