News Bits From the Industry


A&A Optical announced an exclusive licensing agreement for the design, development, and distribution of RACHEL Rachel Roy (RRR) Eyewear women’s ophthalmic eyewear and sunglasses.

Marchon Eyewear, Inc., and Cutler and Gross, Ltd., announced that they have entered into a long-term exclusive agreement for the distribution of Cutler and Gross sun and optical eyewear throughout the U.S.

Safilo Group and Banana Republic announce their third consecutive licensing agreement for the brand’s optical frames and sunglass collections, effective Feb. 1, 2019, through Jan. 31, 2025.


Joe Patella has joined the DAC Technologies sales team as area manager for the Southeastern U.S.

Don Dias has been appointed president of Evergaze, developer and manufacturer of seeBOOST.

Kenmark Eyewear promoted Steve Mount to national sales director. Mount has been with the company for more than 24 years as a sales representative and in management as a trainer to the sales force.

The Optical Women’s Association (OWA) has appointed Ashley Mills, CEO of The Vision Council, to the OWA Board of Directors. Mills brings more than 20 years of communications, trade association management, marketing, and leadership experience to the OWA.

Ashley Mills, The Vision Council & OWA Board of Directors

Amir Khoshnevis, O.D., will join the Vision Source leadership team as executive vice president and chief clinical officer, effective Jan. 1, 2019.

Amir Khoshnevis, O.D., Vision Source

ImageWear and Nouveau Eyewear, divisions of Walman, appointed Jani Burke as national sales director. Burke comes most recently from Marcolin Eyewear, where she worked on strategic accounts and alliances while also managing sales representatives.


LUMIFY redness reliever eye drops from Bausch + Lomb was named a product showcase winner in the healthcare and over-the-counter category at the National Association of Chain Drug Stores’ 2018 Total Store Expo.

PPG Industries, in partnership with the Opticians Association of Canada, named Erin Redden as the first recipient of a three-year scholarship for the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology Optical Sciences Program.


CooperVision, Inc., has opened its fourth annual search for the nation’s best optical practices. Candidates can choose to submit their stories via written response at . Applications will be accepted through Nov. 21.

Croakies from Hilco Vision has expanded its relationship with all-pro tight end and avid outdoorsman Tyler Eifert for the 2018-19 pro football season. Eifert will fuse traditional product endorsement with broader digital content, brand campaign support, and exclusive product introductions. The company will also release a signature Tyler Eifert product collection.

Prep for Munich

Opti takes over the Fairground Munich from Jan. 25-27, 2019, the first time that the trade show will be held in all six C halls of the space. Plus, the knowledge transfer area will be further expanded, offering panels and presentations from international optical experts on all three days of the show.

On Jan. 27, Andrea-Maria Schmied, graduate of the optometry and audiology training center Optometrie & Hörakustik Initiative in Vienna, will be the first opti scholarship recipient to participate in the opti forum. Schmied will present her master project thesis, “Low Vision. Visual impairment and electronic and ergonomic aids.”

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opti: The International Trade Show for Optics & Design


Five years since its inception, the Premier Program from VSP Global has grown to nearly 7,000 participating locations across the U.S. New data show that more than 32 million patients have chosen a Premier participating practice location for their eyecare and eyewear needs over the past five years.