Lab Division Meeting

Lab Division Meeting

The 2018 Lab Division meeting will be held in conjunction with Vision Expo West in Las Vegas, NV. With components thoughtfully designed to help lab professionals grow and succeed through education, exclusive receptions and events, including The Vision Council Lab Division Hall of Fame, the annual Lab Division Meeting is the complete lab event.

The education program will feature thought-leaders, specialized experts and panelists tackling trending industry topics of importance to labs, and include hours of dedicated networking time. To register for the Lab Division Meeting at Vision Expo West, click here.

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. Nominations are closed for 2018. To register for the Lab Division Hall of Fame Dinner, click here.

The Division has named Dave Cole, Former President of Transitions Optical, as the 2018 recipient of the Directors' Choice Award honoring his 26+ years in the optical industry, as a champion for a game changing technology, and as a terrific partner to optical labs.

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 32nd year, the award is still recognized as one of the most prestigious in the industry.

Dave Cole will be recognized alongside this year¹s Lab Division Hall of Fame inductees at the Hall of Fame banquet, held during The Vision Council's Lab Division meeting at Vision Expo West.

2018 Lab Division Hall of Fame Inductees

  • Ronald F. Cooke, O.D., Diversified Ophthalmics, Inc
    Dr. Cooke created a large and successful network of laboratories, started one of the first true buying groups and soft lens distribution centers, and ultimately combined the first "one stop shop" organization in the wholesale optical market.
  • Ralph G. Kent Jr., Luzerne Optical Laboratories
    Ralph is recognized for his long history of accomplishments in the industry from his time at Bausch & Lomb and Multi-Optics (later Varilux), to SOLA Optical, Younger Optics, and Luzerne Optical.
  • Daniel C. Lundberg, Digital Vision, Inc
    Dan has spent the past 29 years working with the Digital Vision, Inc. (DVI) - selling, installing, supporting, and designing software for optical laboratories.
  • Mike Nathe, Essilor of America
    With 35 years of industry experience, Mike is recognized for his work with Midwest Vision Centers, Custom Eyes, Optical Resources and ultimately Essilor with Signet Armorlite.
  • Richard C. Palmer, Practical Engineering, Inc / Walman
    Richard is recognized for his 45-year career in the industry – most notably with Walman Optical.
  • Mike Sutherlin, Sutherlin Optical
    Mike was Vice President of Sutherlin Optical, helping lead them to being one of the largest independent labs in the country, and later an Essilor Partner Lab.
  • Michael Walach, Quest Optical Specialty Lab
    Michael is recognized for his 45-year career in the industry – most notably his multiple patents for progressive lens technology, and for specialty lenses.
  • Dana Weeks, Optical Services International
    Dana is a 28-year veteran of the optical industry, serving as President of Optical Services International for 23 years.

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.