HALL OF FAME INDUCTEES AND DIRECTORS’ CHOICE AWARD RECIPIENT ANNOUNCED
Dave Cole, former president of Transitions Optical, is this year’s recipient of the Directors’ Choice Award and will be recognized along with eight inductees into the Lab Division Hall of Fame Sept. 26.
Cole, who spent more than 26 years in the optical industry, is being honored “as a champion for a game-changing technology and as a partner to optical labs,” according to The Vision Council. Established in 1987, the Directors’ Choice Award recognizes individuals or companies that have made “outstanding contributions” to the industry.
The eight inductees into the Hall of Fame are: Ronald F. Cooke, OD, Diversified Ophthalmics, Inc.; Ralph G. Kent, Jr., Luzerne Optical Laboratories; Daniel C. Lundberg, Digital Vision, Inc.; Mike Nathe, Essilor of America; Richard C. Palmer, Practical Engineering, Inc./Walman; Mike Sutherlin, Sutherlin Optical; Michael Walach, Quest Vision Care Specialty Lab; and Dana Weeks, Optical Services International.
“On behalf of The Vision Council, it is my sincere pleasure to honor the 2018 inductees who have had a direct hand in helping to move our industry and vision forward,” said Ashley Mills, CEO of The Vision Council.
The 19th Annual Hall of Fame banquet and celebration will take place during Vision Expo West at the Treasure Island Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas. Tickets for the Hall of Fame celebration and dinner are available to purchase at TheVisionCouncil.org via the membership portal. For more information and to register for the Lab Division meeting, visit TheVisionCouncil.org/LabMeeting.
DON’T MISS OUT: VEW MEETINGS FOR INDUSTRY UPDATES
Those attending the Lab Division meeting during Vision Expo West will receive legal and technical updates, including updates on the Electronic Progressive Identifier Catalog (EPIC), National Sunglasses Day and private equity activity. The meeting will be held at the Sands Expo Convention Center on Sept. 26 from 2 to 4 pm in rooms 402/403.The Vision Council’s Government and Regulatory Affairs Committee will present updates on several issues: Proposition 65 new signage requirements and the BpA safe use determination, the impact of the new Chinese tariffs, a mid-term election report and Capitol Hill updates. The meeting will be held Sept. 26 from 9 to 10 am at the Sands Expo in rooms 405/406.
REGISTER NOW FOR THE VISION COUNCIL’S EXECUTIVE SUMMIT
Register now for The Vision Council’s 2019 Executive Summit, Jan. 30 to Feb. 1 at the Ritz-Carlton Grande Lakes in Orlando, FL. The event will feature three new speakers: Lou Holtz, legendary football player, coach and analyst; Jeff Cherry, expert on the topic of “Conscious Capitalism”; and Liz Wiseman, author of the business leadership book Multipliers. Economist Brian Beaulieu will conclude the event with a special presentation.
“The 2019 program will tackle a theme of leadership in a unique and compelling way by weaving in concepts from key thought leaders on the topic, as well as tapping into the collective wisdom of the optical industry through engaging and provocative workshops,” said Ashley Mills, CEO of The Vision Council. For more information and to register, visit TheVisionCouncil.org/Executive-Summit.