Lab Leadership Forum 2024

April 11 - 12, 2024


The Vision Council successfully hosted the 2024 Lab Leadership Forum on Thursday, April 11, and Friday, April 12, 2024, at the picturesque Temecula Creek Inn. This exclusive event saw a gathering of nearly 100 optical industry executives, providing a platform for education, networking, and recognition among optical laboratory professionals.

The Lab Leadership Forum, tailored specifically for The Vision Council’s optical laboratory members, offered a comprehensive agenda aimed at fostering professional growth and collaboration among industry peers. Attendees seized the opportunity to connect and exchange insights, further strengthening the fabric of the optical community.

One of the highlights of the event was the posthumous honoring of Steve Sutherlin with the 2024 Goodfellow Award during a poignant ceremony held on Thursday, April 11. The Goodfellow Award, which was created to acknowledge individuals who significantly contribute to the advancement of the optical industry, recognized Sutherlin’s profound impact and lasting legacy.

Sutherlin, an esteemed optical laboratory executive, dedicated his life to the industry, leaving an indelible mark through his leadership and tireless efforts. His pivotal role in the merger of the Optical Laboratories Association (OLA) into The Vision Council, as well as his instrumental contributions to the optical community, will be forever remembered.

Click here to download to presentation from the event.

2024 Lab Leadership Forum

Thank you to our sponsors!

•    HOYA
•    Schneider Optical Machines
•    IOT-Neochromes 
•    ArmouRx Safety 
•    Pacific Artisan Labs 
•    Satisloh North America 
•    DAC 
•    SCL 
•    Bazell 
•    UltraOptics 
•    National Optronics 
•    Shamir 

If you have questions, please contact Michael Vitale, Vice President; Membership, Government Relations & Technical Affairs, at