Coburn Technologies, Inc., appointed Jason Frank as sales manager for the Latin America market. Most recently, Frank was employed with Hoya as director of commercial operations in Latin America.
Maui Jim appointed Nathan McKinley as senior sales director for the ophthalmic division, a new position. McKinley previously worked with Kaenon Polarized and Tom Davies for the past 13 years.
1 XP Health, a visionary health tech startup, named Hannah Cho, O.D., its chief operating officer & chief medical officer. Dr. Cho brings several years of business experience from optometry and ophthalmology settings to the role, and was recently recognized as one of Essilor’s #DifferenceMakers.
Essilor Vision Foundation (EVF) has partnered with the Lions KidSight USA Foundation, the charitable arm of Lions Clubs International. EVF is offering its Changing Life through Lenses program to Lions KidSight USA Foundation’s members and charitable eye doctor network.
UnitedHealthcare and Essilor launched a national vision laboratory network, designed to better serve ECPs and meet the needs of more than 19 million vision plan participants.
Essilor won the Best Use of Technology award at the 2019 GEO Awards organized by the Global Equity Organization. This award recognizes the digital solutions developed by the Essilor Group to promote employee shareholding.
Ippolito Family Eye Care received the grand prize of a $5,000 rebate in Luzerne Optical’s Millennium Maximum Discount Program.
CooperVision converted its three Rochester, NY-area locations to 100% renewable electricity usage.
2 Oakley has partnered with MVP quarterback Patrick Mahomes II—the first football player to join Team Oakley.
Through its Growing Through Giving Program, PECAA has raised $116,000 for Optometry Giving Sight. The program is funded through a combination of member support and matching contributions from PECAA corporate and Carl Zeiss Vision.
Randolph announced its support of America’s VetDogs. During promotional periods, Randolph will donate $1 from every frame sold to the charity.
3 The SUNY College of Optometry recognized Hubert Sagnières, Essilor Group chairman and executive vice chair of EssilorLuxottica, and Dr. Donald Hood of Columbia University with honorary degrees during its 2019 commencement ceremony. Sagnières also delivered the commencement address.
A FOCUS ON REFRACTION
The 2019 SILMO Academy scientific forum, focusing on “Refraction,” will take place on Sunday, Sept. 29, during SILMO Paris (scheduled for Sept. 27-30 at the Paris Nord Villepinte). This year’s program marks a decade of SILMO Academy, which launched in 2010 to provide eyecare professionals with access to the latest research and interaction with industry experts. For information: en.silmoparis.com/silmo-academy .
VIVA LAS VEGAS
Vision Expo West returns to the Sands Expo in Las Vegas from Sept. 18-21. The show follows a very successful Vision Expo East 2019, which saw an overall attendance increase of 2.6% with a 5% rise in registration for optical buyers. More than 5,000 fashion and luxury brands will be on tap. For more information: west.visionexpo.com .