Lab Division Meeting

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The annual Lab Division meeting is typically held in conjunction with Vision Expo West. In 2019, the program featured thought-leaders, specialized experts and panelists tackling trending industry topics of importance to labs and included hours of dedicated networking time.

Download the agenda 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.

The 2019 Lab Division Hall of Fame inductees are as follows:

  • Arman Bernardi, iCoat
  • Yvette Carranza, DVI
  • Ed DeRosa, Signet Armorlite
  • Skip Payne, IcareLabs
  • Kevin Rupp, Essilor
  • Jörg Spangemacher, MAFO Magazine

The Division has named Steve Sutherlin, The Vision Council’s Lab Division liaison and former president of Sutherlin Optical, as the 2019 recipient of the Directors’ Choice Award. Sutherlin was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2008 and has been honored again this year for his more than 45 years in the optical industry.

Established in 1987 under the Optical Laboratories Association, now the Lab Division of The Vision Council, the Directors’ Choice Award honors individuals and companies that have made outstanding contributions to the ophthalmic industry. Now in its 33rd year, the award is still recognized as one of the most prestigious in the industry.

Click here to view the photo album from the 2019 event.

View a list of past Hall of Fame Honorees here.

View a list of past Directors' Choice winners here.