Executive Summit

Executive Summit

2016 Executive Summit
Waldorf Astoria | Orlando, FL
January 27-29, 2016

Join us at The Vision Council's 2016 Executive Summit – an exclusive event filled with opportunities for executive-level networking, leadership development, economic trends, and business strategies.

View a video invitation from Mike Hundert, CEO of REM Eyewear and Chair of The Vision Council's 2016 Executive Summit Program Committee.


Borrowing a page from our featured keynote, Jim Collins, the theme this year will be Good to Great - Strategy or Coincidence? We'll take an in-depth look at innovative concepts to connect with, engage, develop and lead today's workforce as well as how to navigate the ever changing dynamics of current and future consumers.

We'll discuss and discover how to create business strategies that will stand the test of time and address how to create and manage a hybrid and diverse team. We'll also delve into the changing mindset, habits and motivators of consumers and learn what propels some products to catch on fire and others to lag.

The Executive Summit is a powerful resource and member benefit designed to keep you aware of the industry landscape as you chart a course for the future. Leaders in business, research, and economics will take the stage along with your peers and engage in important conversations about the future. Don't miss the most valuable discussions of the year!

Join us and find out why scores of attendees have identified the Executive Summit as the premier, must-attend event for senior level management and business leaders.

Young Optical Industry Leaders Program

Recognizing the power of tapping into new ideas and getting young leaders engaged in our association, The Vision Council has announced a project to identify and develop the next generation of optical industry leaders. Our desired outcome is that the experience will excite and motivate greater engagement in the broad topics of the industry and these individuals will become active participants of committees, and eventually guide the direction of The Vision Council. The Vision Council will subsidize the entire registration fee (a value of almost $1,200) for the first 25 qualified candidates. Travel and related expenses will be the responsibility of the individual or their respective company. This opportunity will also include breakout sessions and networking specific to them. There are a limited number of opportunities available and candidates who meet the below criteria will be accepted on a first-come-first-served basis. Details for nominating your young leader will be sent to you with your confirmation of registration for the Executive Summit.

Criteria for candidates is as follows:

  • Under 35 (by January 2016)
  • Must be employed by a Vision Council Member Company in good standing (1 candidate per member company)
  • Must be referred by a registered attendee of the 2016 Executive Summit
  • Candidate has an executive-level title or is on track to attain executive level in the next 3-5 years
  • Agrees to participate in at least one Vision Council committee or taskforce for a minimum of 1 year
  • Eligibility based on criteria to serve on the Board of Directors as outlined in The Vision Council bylaws.

For questions, contact Renae Shepherd at rsoltis@thevisioncouncil.org.

Keynote Speakers

Jim Collins

From Good to Great to Built to Last: Join Jim Collins, the number one selling business author in history, for an engaging and interactive morning of learning and sharing leadership tactics that stand the test of time and span the generations.

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Brian Beaulieu

Economic Update: Brian will share quick forecasts for the next few years and the associated "Make Your Move Moments" – an all-time crowd favorite! He'll then focus on Millennials and their perceptions, habits, and projected outcomes related to the economy. How they think, what and how they buy, invest, and indulge in, what compensation structures appeal to them and how all of these things will impact the overall economy down the road.

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Jonah Berger

Contagious - Why things catch on: Research based insight on decision making, consumer behavior, word of mouth, and how products and ideas become popular.

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Registration for the 2016 Executive Summit is open, register now!

  • Members: $599
  • Non-members: $1,199
  • Guests (Spouse/Significant Other): $349

Waldorf Astoria Orlando

This refined luxury hotel offers guests an ambiance of stylish sophistication replete with celebrated amenities and impeccable personalized service. Their team is passionately devoted to attending to every detail of your stay. Click here to learn more about the resort.


The Vision Council has negotiated tiered room rates* for attendees, providing more options in luxury accommodations. Guests can select from one of the following:

  • Deluxe Queen Guestroom (2 queen beds, 448 sq ft) $279
  • Deluxe King Guestroom (1 king bed, 448 sq ft) $319
  • Deluxe King Suite (1 king bed, 948 sq ft) $399

Please be aware, there is an OPTIONAL resort fee (currently $25 per night). You may accept or decline this at check in. The resort fee affords you the following:

  • Two Welcome drinks at Peacock Alley
  • Access to the Waldorf Golf Club practice facility (driving range, putting range) and complimentary equipment rentals
  • Unlimited access to in room local and 800 (toll free) calls
  • Bike Rentals (reservations recommended)
  • 20% off a the Pro Shop located within the Waldorf Astoria Golf Club
  • 10% off pool cabana rentals (reservations recommended)
  • 10% off all spa services

Reserve your rooms now! To make your hotel reservations, please contact the Waldorf Astoria Orlando at 888.353.2009 and identify yourself as part of The Vision Council group by using the Group Code WTVC. You may also make reservations online using this link.

Please make your room reservations by December 31, 2015 in order to secure the discounted rates.

*NOTE: Rooms are available on a first come, first served basis and have sold out the last 2 years. Book now to secure your preferred room.

Golfers, please see below. Tournament is Wednesday morning 8:00 AM, January 27st. Please book your travel accordingly!

For travel information and a comprehensive list of resort activities and amenities, please review the Frequently Asked Questions document (PDF).

Golf Tournament

Pre-meeting feature! Due to the favorable response to hosting the golf tournament on the Wednesday morning of the Summit, we will continue to do so. The tournament will be held Wednesday, January 27th beginning at 8:00 AM on the 18-hole Rees Jones-designed championship course at the Waldorf Astoria. The cost of the tournament is $175 per person. You will be able to register for the tournament during the Summit registration process.

If you need rental clubs, please reserve them directly with the golf course at least 14 days IN ADVANCE by calling 407-597-3780. Any rentals are at the player expense.

For more information, please contact Shannon Zelsnack, Meeting Manager, at szelsnack@thevisioncouncil.org.

*Refund Policy: Registration and/or golf tournament fees are eligible for refund if canceled in writing by December 27th, 2015.