The Vision Council Holds Annual Executive Summit

The Vision Council Holds Annual Executive Summit

Officers Elected, Letter of Intent Signed with Optical Laboratories Association

Alexandria, VA (February 10, 2010) - The Vision Council officially inducted its 2010 officers and board of directors at its Executive Summit held at the Fairmont Turnberry Isle Resort and Club in Miami, FL January 27-29, 2010.
At the Annual Member Meeting, it was announced that Michael Daley of Essilor will continue as chairman and will serve with James Shyer of Zyloware Eyewear as vice-chair, Doug Hepper of Vision-Ease Lens as secretary/treasurer and Larry Clarke of Satisloh North America, Inc. as immediate past chairman. Also elected for second term renewals were Gerard Santinelli of Santinelli International and Marty Bassett of Walman Optical.

In addition, the leadership of The Vision Council and the Optical Laboratories Association (OLA) announced at the Annual Member Meeting that the organizations have signed a letter of intent to merge. While further details will be finalized in the coming months, plans have been made for the OLA to co-locate its Annual Member Meeting at International Vision Expo West in the future.

This year's Executive Summit provided its 200 attendees with an opportunity to participate in The Vision Council member and committee meetings, as well as a number of networking events. This year’s format included two keynote speakers, Geoffrey Colvin of Fortune who addressed how to leverage the upside of the economic downturn and William Taylor of Fast Company, who spoke on organizational strategy and innovation. Breakout speakers Ruth P. Stevens of Columbia Business School and Ira Blumenthal, international business development expert, talked about the relevance of trade shows and strategic partnerships.

Executive Summit attendees also had a chance to meet with speakers individually as part of the Summit's cabana chats, held poolside at the resort. In addition, over 60 attendees participated in the annual Executive Summit golf tournament held on Thursday afternoon.
A raffle benefiting The Vision Council’s VisionPAC was also held on Thursday evening. John Fried of A&R Optical Machinery won a trip to Washington, DC to celebrate the Cherry Blossom Festival in April. In total, the event raised over $8,000 through nearly 50 donors. The VisionPAC is a federal fund non-partisan political action committee which supports congressmen in Washington who have a proven track record for supporting the agenda for vision care and vision care products.

“This year’s Summit secured the event’s reputation as the most important gathering of the industry’s top executives for dialogue, sharing perspectives and gathering knowledge that helps us each become better at what we do, while contributing ideas that benefit us collectively,” said Mike Hundert, chair of The Vision Council’s Program Committee, which plans the meeting. “It’s earned being a nearly essential date on the calendars of our industry’s chief executives.”

Daley added, As the best attended meeting in the Summit's history, the Program Committee did a great job of putting together a group of informative speakers and great networking opportunities. The feedback we received from attendees was very positive and will be utilized to shape future Summits.

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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.