NOW by Vision Expo Will Return to Vision Expo East 2023

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Thursday, December 1, 2022 12:30 AM ALEXANDRIA, Va.—The Vision Council and RX, co-owners of Vision Expo, announce that NOW by Vision Expo, the trends showcase that debuted at Vision Expo East 2022, will return at Vision Expo East 2023, taking place March 16-19, 2023 at the Javits Center in New York City. Expanding on last year’s showcase, which featured eyewear trends, the 2023 trends showcase will also feature new innovations in fashion lenses and lens technologies that are shaping the direction of the industry, in addition to frames.

VM and 20/20 Magazine Announce EyeVote Readers’ Choice Awards for 2022

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Monday, November 21, 2022 12:27 AM NEW YORK—Vision Monday and 20/20 Magazine are pleased to announce the selections in the 14th annual EyeVote Readers’ Choice Awards, a special survey aimed at identifying readers’ favorite products and companies of the year. Optical retailers and ECP readers of the two Jobson Medical Information publications were asked to identify their “favorite” products in 20 distinct categories: optical frames, spectacle lenses, sunglasses, Rx sun lenses, contact lenses, optical equipment for wholesale prescription labs, optical supplies/consumables/tools, ECP/retail in-office lab equipment, diagnostic instruments, practice management software, EHR software, dispensing/measuring fitting systems, patient engagement systems, online ordering website, social purpose missions, online and social media marketing services, PPE, telehealth solution, virtual/omnichannel sales tool and sustainable eyewear materials.

With Estee Lauder's Acquisition of Tom Ford Brand, Marcolin Announces a New Long-Term License for Tom Ford Eyewear

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Wednesday, November 16, 2022 12:30 AM NEW YORK and LONGARONE, Italy—The Estée Lauder Companies Inc. (NYSE: EL) (ELC) announced that it has signed an agreement to acquire the Tom Ford brand, a global leader in luxury. The major deal will establish that ELC, a long-term partner of Tom Ford in the beauty arena, will be the sole owner of the Tom Ford brand and all its intellectual property. Under the stewardship of ELC, the purchase of the brand and the extension of its current licensing partners, including Marcolin S.p.A. for eyewear and Ermenegildo Zegna for fashion, "will allow for continuity and the further evolution of the Tom Ford brand as one of the preeminent global luxury brands of the twenty-first century," ELC's announcement said.

Advancing Eyecare Announces Acquisition of Veatch Ophthalmic Instruments

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Friday, November 11, 2022 12:40 PM JACKSONVILLE, Fla.—Advancing Eyecare (AEC), a leading North America provider of ophthalmic instruments, has announced the acquisition of Veatch Ophthalmic Instruments, a leading U.S. distributor of ophthalmic equipment. The move is described by Advancing Eyecare as a way to expand its national footprint in ophthalmic instruments and further strengthen its offerings to eyecare providers. Financial terms of the transaction were not disclosed. Headquartered in Tempe, Arizona, Veatch has a more than 30-year history of distributing ophthalmic technology to vision care providers throughout the U.S.

Bill Scott Named President of Jobson Optical Group; James DeMatteis Named Publisher of Vision Monday and 20/20

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Thursday, November 3, 2022 12:36 AM NEW YORK—Executives at WebMD and Jobson have announced that Bill Scott, currently president of the Research, ECP & PAA divisions of the Jobson Optical Group, has been appointed president of the Jobson Optical/U.S. Pharmacist Group, effective immediately. Scott, a long-time Jobson business leader, has served two stints at the company, totaling 30 years. "Over that time, Bill has done an excellent job leading various divisions of the Optical Group," stated Blake DiSimone, chief financial officer and executive VP of WebMD. In addition, the company said, "We are pleased to announce that James DeMatteis, currently director of digital products, for the New York Optical retail division, has been promoted to the position of publisher of the 20/20 and VisionMonday divisions of the Optical Group."

Women In Optometry’s Women’s Leadership Conference Inspired Women in the Profession to 'Be the Change'

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Friday, October 28, 2022 12:24 AM SAN DIEGO—The fourth annual Women's Leadership Conference from Women in Optometry took place earlier this week, in conjunction with the American Academy of Optometry's centennial meeting here. Keynote speaker Lisa Sun, founder and CEO of GRAVITAS New York, started a conversation at the conference that energized the audience and speakers who built on the theme—Be the Change—of empowering and encouraging women in the profession and making it more inclusive and diverse. Sun, a former associate principal of McKinsey & Co. who started her own successful business, suggested that everyone take a minute to think of their “mountain-top moment”, a special time where everything gelled for a moment.

Time Is Running Out—Sunday, Oct. 23 Is Your Last Chance to Vote for Jobson's 2022 EyeVote Readers' Choice Awards

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Friday, October 21, 2022 12:15 AM NEW YORK—The final voting deadline has been extended to 11:59 p.m. on Sunday, October 23 for the Vision Monday and 20/20 Magazine's 14th annual EyeVote Readers' Choice Awards. These two Jobson Medical Information publications are teaming up once again this fall to get readers’ opinions by asking optical retailers’ and ECPs to identify their favorite products in 22 distinct categories: optical frames, spectacle lenses, sunglasses, sustainable materials for frames, sustainable materials for sunglasses, Rx sun lenses, contact lenses, optical equipment for wholesale prescription labs, optical supplies, ECP/retail in-office lab equipment, diagnostic instruments, practice management software, EHR software, online ordering website, patient engagement systems, dispensing/measuring fitting systems, online and social media marketing services, PPE, contactless dispensing devices, virtual try-on tools, telehealth solution and Social Purpose missions.

Time Is Running Out—Vote Now for Vision Monday's and 20/20 Magazine's 2022 EyeVote Readers’ Choice Awards

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Wednesday, October 12, 2022 12:15 AM NEW YORK—Vision Monday and 20/20 Magazine are hosting the 14th annual EyeVote Readers' Choice Awards to identify the optical industry’s favorite products and companies this year. These two Jobson Medical Information publications are teaming up once again this fall to get readers’ opinions by asking optical retailers’ and ECPs to identify their favorite products in 22 distinct categories: optical frames, spectacle lenses, sunglasses, sustainable materials for frames, sustainable materials for sunglasses, Rx sun lenses, contact lenses, optical equipment for wholesale prescription labs, optical supplies, ECP/retail in-office lab equipment, diagnostic instruments, practice management software, EHR software, online ordering website, patient engagement systems, dispensing/measuring fitting systems, online and social media marketing services, PPE, contactless dispensing devices, virtual try-on tools, telehealth solution and Social Purpose missions.

IAPB and Its Member Organizations Escalate Efforts to Encourage All to #LoveYourEyes in Advance of Oct. 13 World Sight Day

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Thursday, October 6, 2022 12:30 AM NEW YORK—With less than one week until 2022's World Sight Day, Oct. 13, organizations, companies, employees and thousands of eyecare professionals are revving up their efforts to support the global initiative, to help raise funds to underpin programs and awareness building efforts to draw attention to the value of vision and access to quality care and vision correction products to millions of underserved people. Among those, the International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness (IAPB) and its member organizations have been amplifying their messaging and advocacy over the past months to shine an international spotlight on the issue.

Nominations for Jobson's 2022 EyeVote Readers' Choice Awards Are Open

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Thursday, September 29, 2022 12:33 AM NEW YORK—Vision Monday and 20/20 Magazine are hosting the 14th annual EyeVote Readers' Choice Awards to identify the optical industry’s favorite products and companies this year. These two Jobson Medical Information publications are teaming up once again this fall to get readers’ opinions by asking optical retailers’ and ECPs to identify their favorite products in 22 distinct categories: optical frames, spectacle lenses, sunglasses, sustainable materials for frames, sustainable materials for sunglasses, Rx sun lenses, contact lenses, optical equipment for wholesale prescription labs, optical supplies, ECP/retail in-office lab equipment, diagnostic instruments, practice management software, EHR software, online ordering website, patient engagement systems, dispensing/measuring fitting systems, online and social media marketing services, PPE, contactless dispensing devices, virtual try-on tools, telehealth solution and Social Purpose missions.

Eyecare Shows Strong Resiliency to Economic Pressures, According to New U.S. Consumer Data Commissioned by the Contact Lens Institute

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Wednesday, September 21, 2022 12:24 AM LAS VEGAS—The U.S. eyecare industry—specifically contact lens and eyeglasses sales—is showing strong resiliency in the face of economic challenges, according to new research commissioned by the Contact Lens Institute as part of its See Tomorrow initiative. Select data spanning consumer trade-off preferences, spending shifts, and behavioral changes among contact lens wearers were presented last week at the Vision Expo West Innovation Stage in Las Vegas. Respondents were asked to assign value to 26 different products and services including personal health, entertainment, clothing, dining, and other discretionary spending options.

Safilo's Francesco Rinaldi Ceroni: At Work to 'Redefine Partnership' With Accounts Through N.A.

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Monday, September 12, 2022 12:30 AM NEW YORK—With a unique resume and business experience that spans optical, sun and sport performance markets, Francesco Rinaldi Ceroni is applying his knowledge and skills to reinforce Safilo's competitive position in North America. In an exclusive interview with VMAIL marking 90 days since his appointment as president and chief commercial officer of North America, Safilo Group last June, Rinaldi Ceroni shared his perspectives on the work now underway for the company to build on the sales achievements and momentum of Safilo in North America over the past several years, and some of the newer initiatives coming onstream for its independent ECP customers this fall and into 2023.

Canada's FYi Health Group Will Acquire WestGroupe

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Friday, September 9, 2022 12:30 AM CALGARY, Alberta and MONTREAL, Quebec—FYi Health Group which operates the FYidoctors business and others in the eyecare and healthcare space, announced on Wednesday that it has reached an agreement to acquire WestGroupe, the Montreal-based eyewear company. In its announcement, FYi Health stated that WestGroupe will continue to operate independently from FYi Health. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

Google X’s Gina Rudan to Address Women’s Leadership at VM’s Most Influential Women in Optical Luncheon Event at Vision Expo West

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Monday, August 29, 2022 12:18 AM NEW YORK—Google X’s Gina Rudan will offer her keen insights to the “creative and courageous” role that female leaders and entrepreneurs play in business today as the featured speaker at Vision Monday’s upcoming special event during Vision Expo West in Las Vegas celebrating the 20th Anniversary of VM’s Most Influential Women Annual Issue. The event, which will take place at The Venetian Las Vegas at 12:00 p.m. on Sept. 16, 2022, will highlight the expanding influence of women throughout all sectors of the industry and eyecare community, including honorees from this year and prior years. 

Keplr Vision Names Tim Mayhew as New CEO

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Monday, August 22, 2022 3:20 PM BLOOMINGTON, Ill.—The board of directors of Keplr Vision, one of the 10 largest optical retail companies in the U.S., announced that Tim Mayhew has been named chief executive officer, effective August 22, 2022. Mayhew takes over the position from Nick Williams, who has served as CEO since the company’s inception in 2017. The move was announced to customers and employees in an internal memo obtained by VMAIL and confirmed by Keplr Vision. Mayhew has over 15 years of experience within the optical industry.