Industry Veteran Michael Ness Passes Away at 61

Michael Ness, an industry veteran who has been well-known in the spectacle lens/optical manufacturing industry for almost 30 years, passed away Dec. 30 at age 61, after a long battle with cancer.
Ness began his career in pharmaceutical sales and marketing, and held senior management positions at several optical manufacturing companies during his career. From 1990 through January of 2001, he worked for Essilor, beginning as vice president of marketing of Varilux Corp., where he led the team that launched Varilux Comfort. He later served as vice president of strategic marketing for Essilor of America and Essilor International, where his role was to guide product strategy and product management. 
In 2001 and 2002, Ness served as vice president of marketing and sales for Briggs Corp., a privately-owned company that provides documentation systems and medical supplies to the post-acute care industries. 
From 2002 through February 2009, he was vice president of sales and marketing for Vision-Ease Lens (now Vision Ease). During his tenure there, Ness led the sales and marketing team that launched LifeRx photochromic lenses and Coppertone polarized sunglass lenses. 
Michael joined Hoya in 2009 as the director of new product development. In 2010, he was named president of Hoya Lens of America, a division of Hoya Vision Care dedicated to serving the independent and commercial distribution channels. Ness’s depth of knowledge and ever-positive outlook helped the company grow. From 2015 through 2017 he changed focus to vice president of strategic marketing with a keen eye for new technical capabilities to contribute to the culture of innovation at Hoya.
He is survived by his wife Dora and daughter Hannah. Funeral services will be held Jan. 10 in Coppell, TX.
Pictured: Michael Ness