It has been six months since Vision Expo West and here we are at another Vision Expo East; a sign that springtime is (thankfully!) right around the corner. This issue, like trade shows, represents the best of the lab industry, from its technology to its people.

“This issue, like trade shows, represents the best of the lab industry, from its technology to its people.”

Optical Lab Leaders (see page 6): Four individuals nominated by peers who in their own ways, have made a mark in the industry, whether it be through mentoring, leading, or promoting the advancement of technology. This year we recognize Dawn Friedkin of Classic Optical, Swen Carlson of The Vision Council, John Jorgensen of FEA Industries and Scott Pearl of Digital Eye Lab. Each were interviewed to find out what makes them tick as leaders, and all of them said the key to a successful business is in its people.

One to One (see page 4): Maui Jim’s Paul Ponder. Known to many in the lab industry, Ponder has built two labs for the eyewear company. Both are high-tech in terms of production and recycling/green practices. In this interview, Ponder talks about his lab experience, green initiatives in the lab and some of the challenges he faced building a lab overseas.

Equipment: In the run-up to Vision Expo East, it’s exciting to find out what machines companies are highlighting and for some of them, what new equipment is being launched. Be sure to check out two sections this month before you head to New York: New for the Lab (page 14), for the latest in equipment and consumables, and Expo Insider (page 15) for show deals and promos! Make the most of the issue by using it as a guide, and of course, OLP will be in New York to take it all in and report back the highlights. Be sure to follow OLP on Facebook and Twitter for real-time news and interviews from the show floor.

Cara Huzinec is Editor of OLP.


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