Lab Division Meeting

Lab Division Meeting

The 2019 Lab Division meeting was held in conjunction with Vision Expo West in Las Vegas, NV. The education program featured thought-leaders, specialized experts and panelists tackling trending industry topics of importance to labs, and included hours of dedicated networking time.

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Presentations

Lab Division Hall of Fame

The rich history of the optical industry is celebrated through the annual induction of individuals into the Lab Division Hall of Fame. Individuals selected for membership to the Hall of Fame are those who have influenced or contributed to the advancement of the optical laboratory industry.

The 2019 Lab Division Hall of Fame inductees are as follows:

  • Arman Bernardi, iCoat
    Bernardi took leadership of iCoat during a vital transition period, significantly growing sales, introducing new technology, efficient workflow practices and ultimately making iCoat’s coating technologies the standard in coating departments of multiple large mass merchants and vision insurance companies.
  • Yvette Carranza, DVI
    Carranza is recognized for her leadership and aim to help the industry find ways to better utilize and integrate computer automation with manufacturing processes and RX delivery methods in a profitable and timely manner.
  • Ed DeRosa, Signet Armorlite
    DeRosa is known for his customer service and passion for the optical industry, while understanding competition and encourages sales teams to go above and beyond to supply optometrists with the right products to set them apart.
  • Skip Payne, IcareLabs
    Payne grew up in the optical industry, taking over the family business from his late father in January 2000. After restructuring to focus on laboratory business, Payne worked with his brothers and nephews to improve every system and procedure.
  • Kevin Rupp, Essilor
    Rupp has been a key strategist behind the growth and success of Essilor of America over the last 20 years, having great involvement in the Essilor Vision Foundation as a founding board member and treasurer.
  • Jörg Spangemacher, MAFO Magazine
    Spangemacher has dedicated his life to reporting on the optical industry worldwide, creating MAFO – The Conference as a dedicated place for industry professionals to gather and learn.

Additionally, The Division has named Steve Sutherlin, The Vision Council’s Lab Division liaison and former president of Sutherlin Optical, as the 2019 recipient of the Directors’ Choice Award. Sutherlin was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2008 and has been honored again this year for his more than 45 years in the optical industry.

Established in 1987 under the Optical Laboratories Association, now the Lab Division of The Vision Council, this award honors individuals and companies that have made outstanding contributions to the ophthalmic industry. Now in its 33rd year, the award is still recognized as one of the most prestigious in the industry.

Sutherlin was recognized alongside this year’s Lab Division Hall of Fame inductees during the Lab Division’s Directors’ Choice Award and 20th Annual Lab Division Hall of Fame celebration on Wednesday, Sept. 18, in conjunction with the Lab Division Meeting and Vision Expo West.

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2019 Lab Division Hall of Fame Banquet

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View a list of past Hall of Fame Honorees here.

View a list of past Directors' Choice winners here

Additional Information

For more information about the Lab Division, visit the Lab Division section of the site.