The Vision Council Holds Annual Executive Summit

The Vision Council Holds Annual Executive Summit

Raanan Naftalovich Elected Chairman

Alexandria, VA (January 17, 2013) - The Vision Council officially inducted its 2013 officers and board of directors during its annual Executive Summit, held at The Ritz-Carlton in Key Biscayne, Fla. on Jan. 16-18, 2013.

At the annual membership meeting, new officers were elected and it was announced that Raanan Naftalovich of Shamir Insight has been named chairman. Naftalovich has been an active member of The Vision Council for several years and is a past chair of its Lens Division, Finance Committee and Statistics Committee.

Naftalovich will be joined by Martin Bassett of Walman Optical as vice-chairman, Dick Russo of Safilo as secretary/treasurer and Jamie Shyer of Zyloware Eyewear as immediate past chairman. Also elected were directors at large Doug Hepper of Vision Ease (Lens Division), Claudio Gottardi of Marchon (Eyewear & Accessories Division), John Corsini of Super Systems (Lens Processing Technology Division) and Andrea Dorigo of Luxottica (Eyewear & Accessories Division). The complete roster for the 2013 Board of Directors can be found online at

The vision industry's success lies in working closely with our government allies, capitalizing on critical changes in marketplace conditions and having the intuition to fully leverage advances in technology, said Raanan Naftalovich, chairman of The Vision Council's Board of Directors. My predecessor, Jamie Shyer, did an excellent job of working alongside The Vision Council to tailor programs necessary for such industry growth. Our challenge in 2013 will be to further refine these programs to ensure they are running as efficiently and effectively as possible to meet the needs of our ever-growing and diverse membership.

To help determine a path for the future of the organization, The Vision Council Board of Directors, CEO and Senior Management Team conducted a strategic planning session at The Vision Council's headquarters in Alexandria, Va. on Dec. 6, 2012. In the coming weeks, the board will be reviewing the results document from their December session and delegating to the appropriate committees and task forces for implementation.

This year's Executive Summit also broke attendance records with more than 290 participants. The Vision Council's Program Committee, which plans the annual meeting, attributed this growth to the members' increasing level of involvement and commitment to industry growth. The 2013 program provided senior executives with an opportunity to participate in special breakouts and an interactive panel discussion, facilitated by Program Chair Mike Hundert, on the future of eyewear distribution channels. Members were also invited to exclusive networking events and presentations from two keynote speakers. Eric Ryan, co-founder of Method Products, Inc., discussed the importance of branding your company from the inside out and being product-centric in building a sound business model, while Andrew Duguay, senior economist for the Institute for Trend Research, shared economic forecasts for the vision industry, which included insights into what leading economic indicators may be worth watching.

The 2014 Executive Summit will be held at Trump International Beach Resort in Miami, Fla., Jan. 22-24. To access the annual meeting summary, and post event resources from The Vision Council's 2013 Executive Summit, please visit

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About The Vision Council

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.