Avatar Producer Tapped as Keynote Speaker for 2011 Executive Summit

Avatar Producer Tapped as Keynote Speaker for 2011 Executive Summit

Alexandria, VA (August 11, 2010) – The Vision Council is pleased to announce that Jon Landau,  co-producer of the 3D blockbuster Avatar, will serve as the keynote speaker for the organization’s 2011 Executive Summit. The Summit will be held January 26-28, 2011 at the Ritz Carlton in South Beach, Fla.

In 2009, Landau, with James Cameron, co-produced Avatar, the highest grossing film of all time and winner of three Academy Awards. Landau also produced the hit movie Titanic, among others, and served as executive vice president of feature film production at Twentieth Century Fox.

As an internationally recognized expert on 3D, Landau will share his unique insight and perspective on the past, present and future of the technology. At the Summit he will discuss the exploding evolution and revolution of 3D technology as well as the plethora of research and development and competing technologies. In addition, Landau will address the affect 3D will have on the entire optical industry, in particular where the profit centers will be and what format has the best opportunity to dominate.

“Currently, 3D is a hot topic for both the general public and the optical industry,” said Mike Hundert, chair of The Vision Council’s Program Committee, which plans the content for the Executive Summit. “There is a flurry of R&D on the topic in our industry that makes Jon’s perspective highly relevant to the entire optical community.” Hundert added “In planning the Executive Summit, we aim to secure speakers that can take a current issue or business topic and offer insight into how it affects us as optical manufacturers. Jon Landau will help demystify 3D for us and illuminate the opportunities ahead.”

As the premier optical industry event, the Executive Summit focuses on the challenges, initiatives and accomplishments of our industry, all of which help set the stage for The Vision Council's direction for 2011 and beyond. A complete agenda for the Executive Summit will be available this fall.

For more information about the Executive Summit, please contact Rene Soltis, senior director of meetings and education for The Vision Council, at rsoltis@thevisioncouncil.org.

Serving as the global voice for vision care products and services, The Vision Council represents the manufacturers and suppliers of the optical industry. We position our members to be successful in a competitive marketplace through education, advocacy, consumer outreach, strategic relationship building and industry forums.