Optical Lab Division Meeting

Optical Lab Division Meeting

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The Optical Lab Division meeting is the complete lab event. Each component, from education to exclusive receptions and events, has been thoughtfully designed to help lab professionals grow and succeed. Combined with the continuing education and expansive exhibits at International Vision Expo West - the largest ophthalmic event in the Americas - the Optical Lab Division meeting provides the perfect setting for you to hear about hot topics, network with labs and test drive equipment before implementing new ideas and technologies into your business.

The meeting will be held Sept. 17-20 at the Sands Expo & Convention Center in Las Vegas.

2014 Optical Lab Division Meeting

2014 Highlights

Pete RoseNo Cost Participation! The registration fee has once again been waived for all members of The Vision Council. In addition, members can request a free ticket to the prestigious Optical Pioneers Hall of Fame banquet.

We've scheduled more than 12-hours of dedicated networking time.

Optical lab events and education kick-off on Wednesday afternoon.

Members gain exclusive access to The Vision Council's Exclusive Member Lounge, which offers free meals, exclusive member resources, and secured wi-fi access.

This year's event will feature the all-time Major League leader in hits, Pete Rose, in a Keynote session titled Be Aggressive and 3 Ways to Treat A Person. 

The education program features thought-leaders, specialized experts and panelists tackling four trending industry topics of importance to labs.

Registration Details

Registration is now open for the Optical Lab Division meeting in Las Vegas! Register by clicking here!

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Schedule At-A-Glance

Wednesday, September 17th   

12:00pm – 1:30pm            Welcome Luncheon

1:30pm – 3:45pm             Optical Lab Division Education, topics include

“Be Aggressive and Three Ways to Treat a Person,” Pete Rose

Legal and Regulatory Affairs Update for Optical Lab Industry

6:30pm – 9:30pm             Directors’ Choice and 15th Annual Optical Pioneers Hall of Fame Banquet

Thursday September 18th

7:30am – 8:30am              Networking Breakfast

8:30am – 12:00pm           Optical Lab Division Education, topics include:

The Circle of Service – Building Your Brand Through Better Service

Third Party Reimbursement and Managed Vision Care, What it Means to Optical Labs

New Products and Technologies Impacting Optical Labs

9:30am – 6:00pm              International Vision Expo West Exhibits

6:00pm                            Labapalooza (by invitation only)

12:00pm – 1:30pm           Networking Lunch

Friday, September 19th

9:30am – 10:30am            Breakfast

9:30am - 6:00pm              International Vision Expo West Exhibits

12:00pm – 1:30pm           Networking Lunch

Saturday, September 20th

9:30am – 10:30am            Breakfast

9:30am - 5:00pm               International Vision Expo West Exhibits

12:00pm – 1:30pm           Networking Lunch

* There is no cost to attend the Optical Lab Division meeting for members of The Vision Council. Members who register for the event will receive complimentary access to all breakfasts, lunches and educational programming.

Schedule of Events and Lab-Focused Education

Wednesday, September 17th   

12:00pm – 1:30pm            Welcome Luncheon

1:30pm – 3:45pm             Optical Lab Division Education

1:30pm – 2:30pm             “Be Aggressive and Three Ways to Treat a Person,” Pete Rose

All-time Major League leader in hits, Pete Rose, will present on the foundation of productive leadership - learning the best way treat others to ensure the most productive outcome possible.

2:45pm – 3:45pm             Legal and Regulatory Affairs Update for Optical Lab Industry

The Vision Council’s legal, trade, government and regulatory affairs departments present topics of importance to the optical lab industry, including HIPAA, OSHA, Social Media Policies, Prop 65, California Green initiative, and state-specific legislation and regulations.

6:30pm – 9:30pm             Directors’ Choice and 15th Annual Optical Pioneers Hall of Fame Banquet

Thursday September 18th

7:30am – 8:30am              Networking Breakfast

8:30am – 12:00pm           Optical Lab Division Education

8:30am – 9:30am              The Circle of Service – Building Your Brand Through Better Service, Mike Karlsrud, Karlsrud Companies

Service is an attitude and continuous process.  As our customers have experiences both in and out of our industry, their expectations or “needs” are honed, redefined and constantly changing.  This course lays out a strategy for continuous improvement of delivering exceptional service.

9:45am – 10:45am           Third Party Reimbursement and Managed Vision Care, What it Means to Optical Labs, moderated by Richard Sanchez from Visibility Management

A panel of experts dive into the complexities of managed vision care, and the widespread impacts on optical labs and the industry at large. Discussions will surround the state regulatory activity on designated labs, positioning of a lab company with this growing trend, the consumer viewpoint, and the insight of the managed care health plans.

11:00am – 12:00pm        Techno Trends: What's Behind the Numbers and The News?, Andy Karp and Marge Axelrad,  Jobson Optical Group

A special presentation by VM's Marge Axelrad and Andrew Karp which will illuminate key trends impacting optical retail, ECPs and labs as well as insights into the latest developments in eyewear technology.

9:30am – 6:00pm             International Vision Expo West Exhibits

6:00pm                           Labapalooza (by invitation only)

12:00pm – 1:30pm           Networking Lunch

Friday, September 19th

9:30am – 10:30am           Breakfast

9:30am – 6:00pm             International Vision Expo West Exhibits

12:00pm – 1:30pm           Networking Lunch

Saturday, September 20th

9:30am – 10:30am            Breakfast

9:30am – 5:00pm              International Vision Expo West Exhibits

12:00pm – 1:30pm           Networking Lunch

* There is no cost to attend the Optical Lab Division meeting for members of The Vision Council. Members who register for the event will receive complimentary access to all breakfasts, lunches and educational programming.

Directors' Choice and Optical Pioneers Hall of Fame

The Directors’ Choice and 15th Annual Optical Pioneers Hall of Fame Banquet will be held on Wednesday, September 17 from 6:30-9:30pm in Las Vegas in conjunction with International Vision Expo West. This signature event brings together optical industry professionals - new and veteran - to celebrate the rich heritage of this strong and diverse industry.

All members of the optical lab community are invited to attend this event in recognition of those who have participated in the establishment of the wholesale optical industry. Reserve a ticket today to be a part of the celebration.

*Hall of Fame tickets are free for members of The Vision Council.

Additional Information

For more information about the Optical Lab Division, visit the Optical Lab Division's ‘Activities' page or contact Carmen Sevilla at csevilla@thevisioncouncil.org.