The Vision Council Holds Annual Executive Summit

The Vision Council Holds Annual Executive Summit

New Board Elected Including Youngest Chairman in Board History, Record Attendance

Alexandria, VA (February 11, 2011) - The Vision Council officially inducted its 2011 officers and board of directors during its Executive Summit held at the Ritz-Carlton in Miami, Fla., January 26-28, 2011.

At the Annual Member Meeting, new officers were elected and it was announced that James (Jamie) Shyer of Zyloware Eyewear, has been named chairman. Shyer, at the age of 42, will be the youngest board chairman in history.

Although our industry's growth as a whole has been relatively flat over the last few years, I believe we're positioned for change, said James Shyer, Chairman of The Vision Council's Board of Directors. I plan to focus on making sure our membership understands what The Vision Council is doing to help our member companies thrive and to ensure for a healthy optical marketplace.

Shyer brings a long history of relevant experience to The Vision Council's Board of Directors. His grandfather, Joseph Shyer, was the founding president of the Optical Manufacturer's Association (OMA) and both his father (Henry Shyer) and uncle (Bob Shyer) have served a past-presidents for the OMA and the Vision Industry Council of America (VICA) - former organizations which merged to create what is now known as The Vision Council.

In addition, Zyloware Eyewear is the oldest, family-owned and operated fashion eyeglass frame supplier in the United States. As the Chief Operating Officer, and part owner of the company along with his father, uncle and cousin, James Shyer devotes much of his time to the corporation's strategic direction and financial performance. Shyer will be joined by Raanan Naftalovich of Shamir Insight, Inc. as vice-chairman, Martin Bassett of Walman Optical as secretary/treasurer and Michael Daley of Essilor as immediate past chairman. Also elected were directors at large Mike Hundert of REM Eyewear (Eyewear & Accessories Division), Steve Rappaport of L'Amy (Eyewear & Accessories Division), Dave Cole of Transitions (Lens Division), Claudio Gottardi of Marchon Eyewear (Eyewear & Accessories Division), and Doug Hepper of Vision Ease (Lens Division). The complete roster for the 2011 Board of Directors can be found online at

The Executive Summit also broke attendance records with 250 participants, up 22 percent from 2010. The Vision Council's Program Committee, which plans the annual meeting, attributed this growth to the members' increasing level of involvement and commitment to the industry.

This year's turnout secured the Summit's reputation as the industry's premier optical event for top executives to network, exchange ideas, and gather knowledge in order to help 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 and CEO - REM Eyewear. The Summit has earned a permanent place on the calendars of our industry's chief executives.

The 2011 program provided attendees with an opportunity to participate in special breakouts and an interactive panel discussion, facilitated by Hundert, on the future of eyewear distribution channels. Members were also invited to exclusive networking events and presentations from two keynote speakers. Jon Landau, co-producer of Avatar and winner of three Academy Awards, discussed the past, present and future of 3D technology and Todd Buchholtz, former director of economic policy at the White House, shared his thoughts on the state of the economy in his speech titled, The Economy: Headed higher - or off a cliff?.

To access the annual meeting summary, and post event resources from The Vision Council's 2011 Executive Summit, please visit

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.