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The Vision Council Announces Former Executive at Tesla Motors, Apple Computer and GAP Inc. George Blankenship Secured as 2019 Executive Summit Keynote Speaker

December 5
Alexandria, VA (Dec. 5, 2018) –The Vision Council's 2019 Executive Summit lineup is rounding out with the announcement of George Blankenship, former executive at Apple Computer, Tesla Motors and GAP Inc., as the keynote speaker. With three decades of experience in international strategy, retail and real estate, Blankenship is best known for his... Read More »

The Vision Council Educates Eyecare Providers, the Industry on Tax Incentives for Equipment Purchases

November 6
Alexandria, VA (Nov. 6, 2018) – The Vision Council's Lens Processing & Technology Division shared educational resources for eyecare providers, as well as the organization's membership, regarding the upcoming deadline to utilize the Section 179 Deduction. This allows businesses to deduct the full purchase price of qualifying equipment and/or... Read More »

The Vision Council Conducts Study on Contact Lens Subscription Services

September 28
Alexandria, VA (September 28, 2018) – The Vision Council's market research team has developed an industry first look at the new and emerging contact lens subscription services. This study aims to examine the potential impact on the contact lens and optical retail industries. "We have recently seen several new contact lens subscription services... Read More »

The Vision Council Announces Updated Data Communications Standard

August 30
Alexandria, VA (August 30, 2018) – The Vision Council's Lens Processing and Technology (LPT) Division is pleased to announce that the Data Communications Standard Committee—with Robert Shanbaum of Ocuco Inc. as chair—approved version 3.12 of the Data Communication Standard. The Data Communication Standard aims to simplify interconnection of... Read More »

The Vision Council Announces Speaker Lineup, Hot Topics for its Annual Executive Summit

August 8
Alexandria, VA (August 8, 2018) – The Vision Council announced today that registration is now open for its 2019 Executive Summit, to be held Jan. 30-Feb. 1, 2019, at the Ritz-Carlton Grande Lakes in Orlando, Fl. This year's event, themed "Contagious Leadership – Strategies for Cultivating People While Producing Business Results," will feature the... Read More »

The Vision Council Lab Division Announces Directors’ Choice Award Recipient and 2018 Hall of Fame Inductees

August 3
Alexandria, VA (August 3, 2018) –The Lab Division of The Vision Council announced today the industry veterans who will be recognized during the Directors' Choice Award and 19th Annual Lab Division Hall of Fame celebration on Wednesday, September 26, in conjunction with the Lab Division Meeting and International Vision Expo West. The Division has... Read More »

The Vision Council’s Eyecessorize Campaign to Release Latest Fashion Eyewear Trend Kit

July 24
Alexandria, VA (July 24, 2018) – The Vision Council's Eyecessorize fashion eyewear campaign will release its fall/winter 2018 trend kit to approximately 250 fashion, health and lifestyle editors nationwide next week with expanded product imagery for the second season. The digital kit will include an online booklet prominently featuring optical and... Read More »

The Vision Council Releases New Electronic Progressive Identifier Catalog (EPIC)

June 22
Alexandria, VA (June 22, 2018) – The Vision Council has announced the launch of its new Electronic Progressive Identifier Catalog (EPIC) – available for the first time in a digital format. The catalog is the industry-standard guide to the identifying marks engraved on progressive addition lenses. Previously, the catalog was available for order in... Read More »

The Vision Council Ramps Up Promotions for National Sunglasses Day 2018

June 20
Alexandria, VA (June 20, 2018) – For the fifth consecutive year, The Vision Council is promoting the importance of UV-protective eyewear with the celebration of National Sunglasses Day, taking place June 27. The annual day of recognition, which has garnered support and promotions from organizations across the eyewear and eyecare industry, reminds... Read More »

The Vision Council Names David Pierson as Optical Retail Division Liaison

May 29
Alexandria, VA (May 29, 2018) – After a nationwide search, The Vision Council announces it has named David Pierson as the Staff Liaison to its recently created Optical Retail Division. Through his 30-plus years of experience in the retail industry, Pierson has spearheaded and managed operations, merchandising and strategic planning through a... Read More »

The Vision Council Names James Rosin as Optical Retail Division Chair

May 14
Alexandria, VA (May 14, 2018) – The Vision Council has announced that James Rosin of Rosin Eyecare will serve as the inaugural Chair of the recently formed Optical Retail Division. Stuart Jolly of Sam's Club/Wal-Mart has been named as Vice Chair. "We're thrilled to add Jamie and Stuart to the team as we grow the Optical Retail Division. Their... Read More »

The Vision Council Wraps Up 2018 COLA Spring Meeting

May 2
Alexandria, VA (May 2, 2018) – The Vision Council has wrapped up the 2018 COLA Spring Meeting in Temecula, CA. Photos from the event are now available here. The event featured the presentation of the 2018 Goodfellow Award to David Rips, CEO of Younger Optics. The full slate of topics and presentations from the event can be found on the event... Read More »

The Vision Council Announces Publication of Revised ANSI Z80.3 Standard

April 5
Alexandria, VA (April 5, 2018) – The Vision Council, as Secretariat for ANSI ASC Z80, has announced the publication of ANSI Z80.3-2018 – Nonprescription Sunglasses and Fashion Eyewear Requirements. This 2018 revision clarifies testing of photosensitive lenses, making requirements in this standard consistent with international standards. ASC Z80 is... Read More »

The Vision Council Announces Updated Lens Description Standard

April 2
Alexandria, VA (April 2, 2018) – The Vision Council's Lens Division and Lens Product Description Standard Committee (LPDS) have announced changes to the Lens Description Standard, with additions to the standard in the color and filters categories. The updated standard—Lens Description Standard v. 2.2—includes the color violet, with a label of VIOn... Read More »

The Vision Council’s Sunglass & Reader Division Honors Bruce Bartley

March 2
Alexandria, VA (March 2, 2018) –The Vision Council announced today that Bruce Bartley will be honored by the Sunglass & Reader Division for his lifelong commitment and contributions to the optical industry. The award will be presented at the Sunglass & Reader Division Reception on Friday, March 16, at the INK48 Hotel Press Lounge in New... Read More »

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