Executive Summit

Executive Summit


Ritz Carlton | Orlando - Grande Lakes, FL
January 25-27, 2017

Join us at The Vision Council's 2017 Executive Summit – an exclusive event filled with opportunities for executive-level networking and leadership development as well as updates on economic trends and business strategies.

Borrowing a page from our featured keynote, Billy Beane, the theme this year will be Data Driven Leadership. We'll take an in-depth look at why and how to translate analytical results into business actions. Our line-up of dynamic speakers will reinforce the concept of how research, data and analytics can be used to innovate as opposed to merely validating. You will gain valuable insight into best practices to go beyond measuring and look differently at statistical output to optimize products and services.

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

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



Download the agenda for the 2017 Executive Summit here.

Keynote Speakers and Program


Join Billy Beane as he conveys his innovative, winning style of management and leadership, which involves utilizing analytics to identify undervalued assets to create and sustain a competitive advantage. By striking parallels between baseball and business, Beane inspires and activates audiences with his unforgettable winning underdog story.

Read his bio here.


Brian will share quick forecasts for the next few years and the associated Make Your Move Moments – an all-time crowd favorite! He'll focus on the new normal following recent world events such as Brexit and the 2016 US Presidential Election. You won't want to miss Brian's recap of an interesting and active 2016 and his outlook for 2017 and beyond. Brian will also lead an extended audience Q&A session which is certain to be both entertaining and insightful.

Read his bio here.


Big Data is leveling the playing field for even small and medium-sized organizations by providing the ability to utilize business information (BI) as a competitive advantage. This powerful capability is creating winners and losers in the market which means it is not an optional skill to learn! In this presentation Scott delivers the practical steps organizations must follow in order to exploit the new power of building up chain data and converting it to information, knowledge, and business decisions.

Read his bio here.


Hannah Ubl's research-based program is multifaceted and addresses how to navigate generational collisions, bridge communication gaps, and prepare for the future of the workforce. Her session includes extensive audience interaction and closes with her facilitating a generational panel comprised of industry thought leaders. This program will provide not only awareness of the key characteristics of each generation but deliver practical solutions that you can apply immediately to start bridging gaps.

Generational Session Panelists:

  • Don Oakley, President - VSP Optics Group
  • Holly Rush, CEO - Costa Del Mar
  • Jenny Smith, Essilor Strategic Account Manager

Read her bio here.

NEW: Industry panel announced
"Industry Disruption- In Conversation with Optical Thought Leaders"

Thursday January 26, 11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

A dynamic panel discussion showcasing the unique perspectives from prominent leaders as they discuss and debate key elements impacting our industry. This open conversation will explore changes in the delivery of eye care and eye wear, managed vision care, hosted healthcare centers, private equity, and the ultimate impact on the supply chain.

How do suppliers need to look at the future landscape and alter their philosophy and modus operandi? What models will thrive and which will be left behind? Join Mike Hundert, incoming Chairman of The Vision Council as he taps the wisdom of David Holmberg, President and CEO, Highmark Health, Daniel Liberman, Senior Vice President, Strategic Initiatives at Essilor, and Dr. Alan Glazier, OD, Founder OD's on Facebook as they provide their perspective on issues and opportunities associated with Optical Industry Disruption.

Meeting Registration

Registration for the 2017 Executive Summit is now open!

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


New Meeting App - Download Now!

The 2017 Executive Summit will be tapping into the latest event technology to enhance networking and provide expanded attendee engagement. The app provides functionality that will give you access to people, private messaging, agendas, speaker bios, polling and site maps—all at your fingertips.

Download the app now to begin making connections, managing your schedule and receiving important updates.

For questions about the Executive Summit app, contact Shannon Zelsnack.

Hotel Reservations

The Vision Council has negotiated a special room rate of $359 per night for attendees for either a king or double room.

Numerous events in the Orlando area this week will have hotels at capacity. Reserve your room now! You may make a reservation by calling 800-266-9432 between the hours of 9:00 am – 8:00 pm Eastern Time, Monday through Friday. You may also make reservations online using this link.

Reservations must be made on or before the cutoff date of Friday, December 30th, 2016 in order to be eligible for the group rate. Reservations made after the cutoff will be based on availability at then current 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.

Bordered by Shingle Creek, the Headwaters of the Everglades, The Ritz-Carlton Orlando, Grande Lakes envelopes you into 500 acres of natural beauty. A luxurious retreat where you can surrender to the serenity of our relaxing spa, indulge in fine dining, or play 18 holes on our golf course, a Certified Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary. With exceptional amenities and impeccable service, one of the most breathtaking luxury hotels in Orlando is the perfect place to meet, all while enjoying the quintessential all-American city. Click here to learn more about the resort.

Golfers, please see below. Tournament is Wednesday morning 8:00 AM, January 25th. 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).

Overflow Hotel Option

The room block at the Ritz Carlton Grande Lakes is nearing capacity. Please consider booking now at the JW Marriott, which is connected to the Ritz property. This beautiful 4.6 star hotel is a ten minute walk to the meeting location. Rooms start at $340/night. Click here to reserve your room online.

Golf Tournament

The tournament will be held Wednesday, January 25 beginning at 8:00 AM on the 18-hole Greg Norman-designed course at The Ritz-Carlton Golf Club® Orlando, Grande Lakes. The cost of the tournament is $199 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 407-393-4900. Club rental is $75 and is at the player's 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 30, 2016. Attendee substitutions may be made at any time in writing.

Emerging Optical Leaders

The newly formed Emerging Optical Leaders (EOL) Committee is tasked with identifying and developing the next generation of optical industry leaders for The Vision Council through mentoring, training and networking. Criteria to participate is as follows:

  • Employment by an organization in good standing as a member of The Vision Council.
  • Currently hold or on track for an executive level role in next 3-5 years
  • Age 35 years or younger to join; may move to Alumni Advisor role at age 40.
  • Nomination from a senior executive within their company.

The EOL Committee will launch their mentoring program at the 2017 Summit as it conducts a targeted networking session with the goal of finding potential mentor/mentee matches. Speed mentoring is a great way for our emerging executives to meet potential industry mentors to see if there is a fit for a longer term engagement.

In addition to the speed mentoring session on Thursday, January 26 from 4:30 p.m.–5:30 p.m., gatherings at the Executive Summit specific to Emerging Optical Leaders Committee members include a committee meeting, Wednesday January 25 from 12:30 p.m.–3:00 p.m., and a meet-the-speaker lunch with Scott Klososky on Friday, January 27 from 12:45 p.m.–2 p.m.

Scholarships to attend the 2017 Executive Summit are now available to those who qualify as emerging optical leaders.To participate as a mentor or recommend someone for a scholarship, contact Renae Shepherd at rshepherd@thevisioncouncil.org.