SAA and VCA Announce Merger

SAA and VCA Announce Merger

Naples, FL (January 24, 2008) – Larry Clarke, chairman of the Vision Council of America (VCA), and David Bibbey, president of the Sunglass Association of America (SAA), proudly announced the merger of the two organizations yesterday at the VCA Executive Summit. In joining forces, a new Sunglass and Reader Division will be created within VCA to provide the infrastructure, resources and support needed to grow this area of the industry.

“We are extremely pleased to welcome the SAA members into VCA,” said Clarke. “VCA and SAA have always had a strong relationship and in working together with the key leadership it was a natural evolution for the two organizations to join together.”

VCA and SAA share many common synergies, from their membership base to the programs and initiatives, such as optical industry research, public relations outreach and FDA communication.

“The union of the SAA and VCA will benefit the membership of both groups,” noted Bibbey. “The new structure will create a larger, stronger and more vibrant organization, with a broader array of resources – while retaining the independence and freedom needed for members to grow their businesses.”

The Sunglass and Reader Division will be open to all VCA members, in particular those who distribute their products through non-optical channels. Division activities will address the unique needs of its members, including consumer outreach, standards development and regulation monitoring.

The addition of these companies raises VCA’s membership to 322 companies. This represents a 22 percent gain since 2007 and a two year increase of 36 percent.

For more information on becoming a VCA member or to learn more about VCA services, contact Elaine Kennedy, VCA senior manager of membership, at (703) 548-4560, ext. 1099, or via e-mail at ekennedy@visionsite.org.