SCENE + HEARD: Meetings ECPs Learn and Network at First Block Business Group Academy By The Beach By Staff Monday, March 3, 2014 12:00 AM BOCA RATON, Fla.—Two hundred eyecare professionals and another 90 exhibitors and course educators headed towards the Florida sunshine to take part in the first Block Business Group Business Academy By The Beach at the Boca Raton Resort & Club here, Jan. 24-Jan 26. The multi-faceted program, featuring COPE/ABO approved CE, workshops and a trade show exhibit featuring top industry vendors and Block Practice Builder affiliates, was a major initiative of the Block Business Group. Said Michael Block, president, “The response was overwhelmingly positive. This was a weekend of learning, networking and purchasing opportunities for Block members. We had attendees from many parts of the country, including New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania as well as Iowa, Colorado and many from throughout Florida, Georgia and Canada, too.” Noted Rachel Block Smith, “One of the best received aspects of the meeting was the accredited CE, people appreciated and took part extensively in those offerings.” The program featured both clinical and practice/dispensary management courses as well as a healthy exhibit hall, networking receptions and dinners. Partner sponsors included Essilor of America, Inc., Luxottica, Luzerne Optical Laboratories and Shamir Insight, Inc. ■ 1/9 Michael Block welcomes ECP attendees and exhibitor partners to the first Block Business Academy By The Beach. (L to R) Seth Ullman, Shamir; Bruce Mossman, Shamir; Michael Block; Glen Hall, Golf Pro; Joe Savarese Jobson Interactive; Erik Lilijegren, Block Business Group; Rich Dailey, Shamir; and Rachel Block Smith. Morel’s Bill Corlett (l) and Tom Castiglione. Keith Kamlich of Tura with Dr. Betsy Hancock, OD, Visual Difference, Bloomsberg, Pa. (L to R) Brad Hoffar, Hoya; Dr. Joseph Hallak, OD, Hicksville, NY; and David McMillian, Hoya. Michael Block (l) with Ralph Kent of Luzerne Optical. (L to R) Eric Rothenberg and Corey Saftler, Cynergy Data, a Block Practice Builder Affiliate; Dr. Lawerence Lampert, OD, Total Family Eyecare, Boca Raton, Fla; Barbara Anderson, Optician at Esterman Eye Institute, Delray Beach, Fla. GPN’s Jay Binkowitz was one of several instructors within the BBG Academy. (L to R) Eileen York, Carolyn Walsh & Deborah McLaughlin, Block Business Group Staff at Registration.