Optical Industry Veteran Erik Ritchie Joins EnChroma as CEO

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Monday, January 11, 2021 12:27 AM BERKELEY, Calif.—EnChroma, creators of EnChroma eyewear for color blindness, has named Erik Ritchie as CEO. Ritchie brings 25 years of business management experience to EnChroma.

ReFocus Eye Health Adds Dr. Brittany Strebig to its Meriden and Bloomfield Practices

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Tuesday, December 29, 2020 12:15 AM WATERBURY, Conn.—ReFocus Eye Health has announced that Brittany Strebig, OD, has joined its health care professional team.

Binovi Appoints Dr. Michael Gallaway to the Binovi Scientific Advisory Board

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Monday, December 28, 2020 12:15 AM TORONTO and NEW YORK—Binovi Technologies Corp. (TSX-V:VISN) has announced the appointment of Dr. Michael Gallaway to the Binovi scientific advisory board.

Prism Vision Group Moves Headquarters to Berkeley Heights, N.J.

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Tuesday, December 22, 2020 12:18 AM BERKELEY HEIGHTS, N.J.— Prism Vision Group, a leading vertically integrated eyecare services organization in the Mid-Atlantic region, has moved its corporate headquarters from Union, N.J., to 420 Mountain Avenue in Berkeley Heights, N.J.

Shopko Optical Ends Year With Influx of New ECP Hires and Sets Plan to Open 50 or More Optical Centers in 2021

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Thursday, December 17, 2020 12:30 AM GREEN BAY, Wis.—As the challenging 2020 year comes to an end, Shopko Optical noted in an announcement this week that it managed to maintain “steady growth in hiring qualified optometrists and expanding its optical centers during a tumultuous year.” The optical retailer opened 11 centers within new and existing markets in 2020 while also hiring 40 optometrists. Shopko Optical, an affiliate of Monarch Alternative Capital since mid-2019, currently has 92 optical centers across the Midwest and Far West.

Eschenbach Optik of American Names New Controller

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Tuesday, December 15, 2020 12:15 AM DANBURY, Conn.—Eschenbach Optik of America, has appointed Jennifer Smith as controller. Smith is responsible for all accounting, financial, distribution and IT activities for Eschenbach.

SVS Vision Names Lisa Garity as Vice President of Marketing

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Thursday, December 10, 2020 12:21 AM MOUNT CLEMENS, Mich.—SVS Vision has announced that Lisa Garity has joined the organization as vice president of marketing. In this role, Garity will lead the company’s marketing function including strategic brand management, advertising and media, digital marketing, creative and sales promotion, according to the announcement this week from the company. Garity brings 30 years of advertising and marketing experience to the position. Most recently she was a senior vice president at Daniel Brian Advertising (DBA) in Michigan.

Warby Parker Among 23 Global Businesses Who Pledge to Support LGBTQ Refugees in Canada, Mexico and the U.S.

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Thursday, December 10, 2020 12:15 AM NEW YORK—The Tent Partnership for Refugees, a network of over 130 major companies committed to integrating refugees, and the Human Rights Campaign Foundation (HRC), the educational arm of the nation’s largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) civil rights organization, have joined forces to mobilize businesses in North America to support LGBTQ refugees. Altogether, 23 companies have announced their collective commitment to provide mentorship opportunities to approximately 1,250 LGBTQ refugees over the next three years. Among them is Warby Parker, according to an announcement yesterday.

FYidoctors Names Verret as VP of Digital and Brand as it Moves to Provide a ‘Superior Digital Experience to Consumers’

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Tuesday, December 1, 2020 12:24 AM CALGARY, Alberta—FYidoctors, a leading optometrist-controlled eyecare company, said it has named Elara Verret to its leadership team in the role of vice president, digital and brand.

Paul Misiti Named COO at Lighthouse Guild

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Tuesday, November 10, 2020 12:18 AM NEW YORK—Paul Misiti has been named chief operating officer at Lighthouse Guild. Misiti is responsible for managing the day-to-day operations of Lighthouse Guild and works closely with the CEO and staff to implement high priority initiatives.

Shopko Optical Expands Sales Leadership Team With Three New Regional Managers

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Monday, November 9, 2020 12:18 AM GREEN BAY, Wis.—Shopko Optical, a provider of patient-centric eyecare and quality eyewear, has announced that Lisa Cowan, Katherine Christy and Nancy Newstrom have joined the field leadership team as regional managers.

Keplr Vision Names Dr. Eric Schmidt and Dr. Jeff Lewis to Leadership Roles

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Thursday, November 5, 2020 12:24 AM BLOOMINGTON, Ill.—Keplr Vision announced this week the appointment of key eyecare opinion leaders Dr. Eric Schmidt to vice president of professional development and Dr. Jeff Lewis to director of school engagement.

PolyActiva Appoints Tracy Valorie, Former B+L Executive, to its Board

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Monday, November 2, 2020 12:18 AM MELBOURNE, Australia—PolyActiva, a clinical-stage ophthalmology biopharmaceutical company, has appointed Tracy Valorie, a highly experienced ophthalmic industry expert, as a new member to its board of directors.

Allergan Announces Updates to Eye Care Optometric Professional Relations Team

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Tuesday, October 20, 2020 12:27 AM MADISON, N.J.—Allergan Eye Care, protecting and preserving vision by creating innovative products and services for providers and patients for over 70 years, announced the retirement of Dave Gibson, associate VP of consumer eyecare and customer development, after 20 years of service.

CooperVision Promotes Michele Andrews, OD, to Vice President, Professional & Government Affairs

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Thursday, October 15, 2020 12:24 AM SAN RAMON, Calif.—CooperVision Inc.  has promoted Michele Andrews, OD, to vice president, Professional & Government Affairs, Americas. In this newly created role, she is responsible for fostering collaboration between the company and eyecare professionals.