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California Lab Committee Announces Norm Kester as 2020 Goodfellow Award Recipient

Virtual Happy Hour: Thursday, April 23

The California Lab Committee has announced Norm Kester, President of ophthalmic coatings company Quantum Innovations, Inc., as the recipient of the 2020 Goodfellow award. The annual award recognizes a lab executive or business leader who actively contributes to the advancement of the optical industry. Past winners include David Rips, President of Younger Optics, and Keith Grossman, co-founder of Simplify Optics.

In lieu of a presentation at the annual COLA meeting, Norm will be presented the award during a virtual happy hour on Thursday, April 23. "While we are not able to gather in person this year, we are looking forward to bringing the community together virtually to present the winner with this well-deserved award and recognize their contributions," said Steve Sutherlin, The Vision Council's Lab Division Liaison.

"I am humbled to be joining an amazing group of people that have won this award. This is a great honor," said Norm Kester, President of Quantum Innovations, Inc.

Kester founded Quantum Innovations, Inc., a pioneer of anti-reflective coating solutions and ophthalmic equipment, in 2002. Prior to launching his career in the optical industry, Kester served in the United States Navy for several years in the early 1990s. Upon leaving the Navy in 1995, he began a career at Satis Vacuum in Dallas, Texas, where he held several leadership roles, including President in Dallas and Vice President of Satis Vacuum of America in Columbus, Ohio.

In 2002, Kester moved to Oregon and launched Quantum Innovations, Inc. in his garage. Since then, Kester has grown the start-up into one of the premiere suppliers of state-of-the art vacuum coating and ophthalmic equipment and lens-cleaning products. Today, the company creates value-based, customer-centered products, and is highly regarded as a leader in UV and AR coating technology. In 2018, Kester founded RLVNT, an outdoor experience company offering sunglasses made with durable frames and innovative technologies for use on the water or in the field, with business partner Adam Winkelman.

In his free time, Kester enjoys spending time with his wife, Tammy, and three children.

Hosted by the California Lab Committee, members of the optical industry are invited to attend the celebration, which will be conducted via ZOOM on Thursday, April 23 at 5PM (PT). To register to attend, click here.