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C&E Vision Launches New Website

C&E Vision Launches New Website

C&E Vision Buying Group has launched a new website at www.cevision.com. The simplified format enables Independent Eye Care Professionals to readily see the benefits of C&E membership. The new website highlights the theme of “Save More Time & Money”. The many web and cloud based services, along with it’s ECP peer learning community are easily discovered within the website. With over 4,000 practices, C&E Vision is proud to be the only optical buying group in the nation to offer personalized membership solutions to help maximize their member savings through discounts, exclusive incentives and web based practice management services such as IEP Benchmark™, myCloud®, BeyeRight® and others. Along with information about C&E’s various services offered, www.cevision.com also offers current industry news, over 2,000 industry links and access to eyesurf.info™, an optical based search engine. David Carneal, Director of Buying Group Relations stated, “We are happy to release this new site in hopes of helping eye care professionals learn more about C&E Vision and how we can save them more money than any other group.” A great new feature of www.cevision.com...
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Safilo & Tommy Hilfiger Announce Five Year Renewal Of Global Eyewear Licensing Agreement

Safilo & Tommy Hilfiger Announce Five Year Renewal Of Global Eyewear Licensing Agreement

Safilo Group, the fully integrated Italian eyewear manufacturer and worldwide distributor, and the Tommy Hilfiger Group, one of the world’s leading premium designer lifestyle brands which is wholly owned by PVH Corp. [NYSE: PVH], are pleased to announce a five-year renewal of their global eyewear licensing agreement for the exclusive design, development, production and distribution of the Tommy Hilfiger ophthalmic and sunglass collections. The agreement will run until December 31, 2020, with an optional five-year extension thereafter. “We are very pleased to announce the early renewal of this important license, which seals the mutual trust between our two companies,” said Luisa Delgado, CEO of the Safilo Group. “We have achieved excellent results to date for Tommy Hilfiger eyewear, thanks to a seamless partnership that proved particularly effective for the quality design, product development, marketing, communication and distribution of the brand.” “Safilo is a valued partner of the Tommy Hilfiger brand, and we are excited to renew this licensing agreement,” said Daniel Grieder, CEO of the Tommy Hilfiger Group. “Safilo’s longstanding global excellence in the eyewear...
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Eschenbach Optik of America, Inc. Latest Industry Partner To Join Think About Your Eyes

Eschenbach Optik of America, Inc. Latest Industry Partner To Join Think About Your Eyes

Eschenbach Optik of America, Inc., an international manufacturer and distributor of high-quality low vision aids and electronic magnification devices, is the latest industry partner to support Think About Your Eyes, a public eye health initiative sponsored by a nonprofit organization under The Vision Council. Eschenbach joins a growing number of advocates dedicated to increasing consumer awareness around eye health and comprehensive annual eye exams. “In the United States alone, more than 20 million people age 40 and older experience some form of vision impairment, which is often the result of eye diseases like macular degeneration, glaucoma or cataracts,” said Ken Bradley, president and CEO of Eschenbach. “Our organization is intimately familiar with the importance of early detection through annual eye exams to effectively treat and control eye diseases, maximizing a patient’s remaining vision. We are proud to support the critical mission of Think About Your Eyes to help increase awareness about vision health and its impact on a person’s quality of life.” “The products developed by Eschenbach underscore the vital role preventative eye care plays in our ability to protect...
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Portrait of an Athlete: Special Olympics of New Jersey & United States Paralympics

Portrait of an Athlete: Special Olympics of New Jersey & United States Paralympics

(Morristown, NJ) — The Special Olympics USA Games will be hosted by New Jersey June 14-21, 2014. Nearly 3,500 athletes will compete in 16 Olympic-style team and individual sports, with the support of 1,000 coaches, 10,000 volunteers and 70,000 family, friends and spectators. In celebration of the accomplishments of the New Jersey Special Olympics athletes, the Morris Museum is proud to present Portrait of An Athlete: Special Olympics of New Jersey & United States Paralympics, June 12 – November 16, 2014. The exhibition features portraits by photographer Pete Byron, who has travelled all over the state to capture the athletes during practice, competition, or just being themselves. Portrait of An Athlete: Special Olympics of New Jersey & United States Paralympics is sponsored by Safilo Group. “As the global frames supplier to the Special Olympics-Lions Club International Opening Eyes vision care program for over a decade, Safilo salutes the Morris Museum for its commitment to providing programs that serve the special needs community and for this exhibit, in particular, that pays tribute to the triumphant Special Olympics athletes from all over NJ,” said Glenn Rusk, Commercial...
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C&E Vision and Vision West Announce Major Community Building Campaign

C&E Vision and Vision West Announce Major Community Building Campaign

Companies Launch ECPInteract™ as their First Community Building Member Benefit San Diego, California – Vision West and C&E Vision announced today a major initiative around community building for their members. The California-based companies have realized that their combined 7,500 members could be a powerful community for optometrists and optometric staff to derive even greater value from their membership. To launch this initiative the companies are sponsoring ECPInteract™, which has been in pilot for the last 12 months, beginning this September. Since June of 2013, ECPInteract™, the first and only provider of optometry-focused peer to peer learning groups, has been piloting a unique educational proposition for online learning teams – “your peers have so much to offer”. ECPInteract™ groups provided a trusted environment of peers from across the U.S guided by an experienced and knowledgeable coach to provide a place where team members can bring their goals and aspirations for guidance and feedback. But it wasn’t enough. “We received very high marks from our attendees, but we felt something was missing,” stated Brad Shapiro, Principal of C&E Vision, co-founding...
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SPY® Happily Names Charlie Ninegar Vice President of Sales

SPY® Happily Names Charlie Ninegar Vice President of Sales

SPY® Inc. (OTCBB: XSPY), a leading eyewear company known for its patent-pending Happy Lens™ technology, today announced that Charlie Ninegar has been promoted to Vice President of North American Sales at SPY, effective July 14, 2014. Having joined SPY in September of 2010, Charlie has led the direct sales effort in the western region—one of the most important territories for SPY in terms of sales and brand awareness—while also holding the position of category manager for the Crosstown Collection—a premium collection exclusive to select shops and boutiques worldwide. During his four years with the brand, Charlie has contributed to the 12 consecutive quarters of year over year growth that SPY has experienced. Moving forward, Charlie will manage SPY’s direct selling efforts to independent retailers and eye care providers as well as oversee SPY’s key account business in the United States. Additionally, Charlie will continue in his role as the category manager for the Crosstown Collection, which will feature updated styles and colorways this October. “Since joining SPY nearly four years ago, I have witnessed the reinvigoration of the brand thanks to the vision and leadership...
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Wiley X Sponsored NASCAR Driver Aric Almirola Wins at Daytona

Wiley X Sponsored NASCAR Driver Aric Almirola Wins at Daytona

Eyewear innovator Wiley X® is proud to sponsor top NASCAR racers like Aric Almirola, and was especially proud this past weekend to watch Almirola earn his first Sprint Cup Series victory at the heralded Daytona International Speedway. Almirola drove the Richard Petty Racing No. 43 US Air Force Ford Fusion to the win. In addition to battling an assemblage of the world’s best drivers equally determined in pursuit of victory, Almirola had to overcome four rain delays and multiple big wrecks to come out on top. In what was a rare occurrence at Daytona, the race was finally called due to rain on Lap 112 of 160, with Almirola out in front of the pack. Mother Nature may have waved the checkered flag, but Almirola earned every bit of the hard-fought victory. He commented during post-race interviews that it felt especially good to earn his first Sprint Cup win on his “home track” in Florida, where he grew up sitting in the grandstands watching Daytona 500s and Firecracker 400s. “Man, I just took the No. 43 car to Victory Lane at Daytona!” said an excited Almirola. The victory puts Almirola and Richard Petty Racing in the Chase for the Sprint Cup. “We’re...
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Essilor Awarded Good Housekeeping Seal for Second Year

Essilor Awarded Good Housekeeping Seal for Second Year

For the second year in a row, Essilor of America, the nation’s leading manufacturer of optical lenses, has earned the esteemed Good Housekeeping Seal for the entire Crizal® No-Glare lens product portfolio. Evaluated by the Good Housekeeping Research Institute, the Seal emblem offers additional credibility to the performance of the Crizal brand. “Receiving the Good Housekeeping Seal for a second year in a row is a testament to Essilor’s ambition to excel as an industry innovator, providing products that meet and exceed patients’ visual needs,” said Lauri Crawford, senior vice president of marketing, Essilor of America. “We’re proud to be recognized with such an honor that brings patients an even greater awareness of the high quality of Crizal lenses and provides eyecare professionals with confidence that they are recommending the best products for their patients’ vision.” The Good Housekeeping Seal has been reassuring consumers about their product-purchasing decisions for more than 100 years, and research has shown an impact of the Seal on consumer buying behaviors: 9 out of 10 consumers are aware of the Seal 89% would feel more comfortable buying a product they are...
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Essilor Celebrates 23rd Anniversary of the Varilux Optometry Student Bowl

Essilor Celebrates 23rd Anniversary of the Varilux Optometry Student Bowl

Essilor of America, the nation’s leading manufacturer of optical lenses, once again pulled out all of the stops to celebrate the 23rd anniversary of the ever-popular Varilux Optometry Student Bowl™, held at this year’s Optometry’s Meeting in Philadelphia, Penn. Contestants, students from all schools and colleges of optometry, answered optometry-related questions while their fellow classmates energetically cheered them on wearing war paint, school colors and displaying brightly-colored banners. The stakes were high. In addition to bragging rights, the winning school, Southern California College of Optometry, took home $1,000 and the coveted crystal trophy. Second and third place winners, Michigan College of Optometry at Ferris University and Indiana University, received $750 and $500, respectively. The winning question, What is the amount and direction of prism induced when looking through a point 7 mm below the optical center of -6.50 -1.00 x 180? A. 5.25 Δ base down, was correctly answered by David Nguyen. This year’s competition drew well over 1,500 students, practitioners and staff. Last year’s Spirit Award winner, State University of New York College of Optometry,...
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Silver Dollar Optical Joins C&E Vision

Silver Dollar Optical Joins C&E Vision

Oneonta, NY. July 1, 2014 – Silver Dollar Optical and C&E Vision have partnered together. After 32 years in business, Silver Dollar has grown their direct distribution of fashion eyewear tremendously. Dave Lewis, who is their Director of Business Development and Regional Sales Manager, realized the advantages of partnering with a national buying group to help promote their successful business. “We chose C&E because of their stellar reputation with their account base and their national presence“. Silver Dollar Optical offers some of the most fashionable styles available in today’s market. We use only the top manufactures to insure the highest quality. We offer a 2 year warrantee on all of our collections. Our service levels typically are at 99.8% which means virtually no backorders. We do not require minimum opening orders or specific exchange ratios. David Carneal, Director of Buying Group Relations for C&E Vision said “Silver Dollar has been an industry leader in quality frames for decades and we are grateful to have this opportunity to work with such a well-respected company.” Finally, our customer service department is second to none. For those...
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Ogi Eyewear Names John Nides as Scojo New York Vice President of North American Sales

Ogi Eyewear Names John Nides as Scojo New York Vice President of North American Sales

Ogi Eyewear is pleased to announce the recent promotion of John Nides to Vice President of Scojo New York North American Sales. As Vice President of Scojo New York North American Sales, John Nides’ will be responsible for implementing the launch of new collections of reading glasses as well as recruiting and developing new channels of distribution. “I am very excited to announce the well deserved promotion of John Nides as Scojo New York’s Vice President of North American Sales,“ says Joseph Tallier of Ogi Eyewear. When Ogi Eyewear acquired Scojo New York in 2007, John Nides started within the company as a Sales Manager. Nides quickly became known for his ambitious and persistent drive, which led Scojo New York to excel into new markets. Nides holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration and Marketing from the University of Minnesota. If you want to experience success, be ready to think outside the box. This is the persistent, can-do attitude which led John Nides to be promoted the position of Vice President of Scojo New York North American Sales. Nides enters into the position with excitement and determination. “This is a great opportunity. To have...
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Catherine Deneuve and Marcolin Consolidate Partnership by Renewing Eyewear Licensing Agreement

Catherine Deneuve and Marcolin Consolidate Partnership by Renewing Eyewear Licensing Agreement

Marcolin Group, leading company in the field of eyewear, and Mlle Catherine Deneuve announced today the renewal of their licensing agreement for the design, production and worldwide distribution of Catherine Deneuve Lunettes optical frames and sunglasses. Initially launched through a licensing partnership with Viva International in 1989, this new multiyear agreement has been expanded to include the Marcolin Group. Giovanni Zoppas, CEO of Marcolin Group, affirmed: “We are really pleased for the renewal of this license. Mlle Catherine Deneuve is a worldwide epitomous of timeless elegance, something our company is proud to represent with these products”. Mlle Catherine Deneuve said: “I am very pleased with this collaboration, this is really a great marriage”.   About Marcolin Marcolin is among the leading companies for eyewear and stands out in the luxury sector for high quality of products, focus on details and a prestigious distribution network. In 2013, the company sold about 5.5 million eyeglasses with more than 700 models. The portfolio of brands under license includes: Emilio Pucci, Tom Ford, Balenciaga, Ermenegildo Zegna, Agnona, Montblanc, Roberto Cavalli, Tod’s,...
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More than $25,000 in Travel Grants and Prizes Awarded HOYA Sponsors AOSA Awards and General Session at Optometry’s Meeting

More than $25,000 in Travel Grants and Prizes Awarded HOYA Sponsors AOSA Awards and General Session at Optometry’s Meeting

Seventeen Optometry Students received an all expense paid trip to the AOA Meeting in Philadelphia, along with $500 grant, $200 in spending money and an iPad for each. One of the 17 students will also receive a $5000 scholarship at the Annual Awards Luncheon on Saturday. “We continue to show new entrants into the field that HOYA will empower them through science, technology and innovation,” stated Barney Dougher, President of HOYA Vision Care, NA, he continued, “Mike Elton, our Director of Professional Services, does an incredible job of reaching out to all of the schools and inspiring students to participate and bringing students to Optometry’s Meeting is a memorable way for them to kick off their careers.” HOYA is sponsoring the AOSA Awards and General Session as well as the Celebration of Optometry on Saturday night where entertainment will be provided by celebrated actor and comedian Martin Short. Students will be treated to comedian/hypnotist Ricky Kalmon’s hilarious, high-energy show, jam-packed with surprises. “It was another amazing year for the ePoster competition,” noted Mike Elton, Every year the complexity and creativity of the ePosters reaches new levels....
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Varilux Progressive Lens Inventor Honored for his Contribution to Vision Health

Varilux Progressive Lens Inventor Honored for his Contribution to Vision Health

Bernard Maitenaz, inventor of the progressive lens and Chairman and CEO of Essilor from 1980-1991, was presented with the prestigious Apollo Award at this year’s 117th Annual American Optometric Association (AOA) Congress. The Apollo Award honors individuals or organizations for distinguished service to the visual welfare of the public. This year’s award not only pays tribute to Maitenaz but also to the groundbreaking nature of the innovation behind progressive lenses – both today and in the past. In 1959, following eight years of research, Maitenaz, a young mechanical engineer at Essilor in France, created Varilux®, the world’s first progressive lens. Since then Varilux lenses have gone on to set the standard of visual comfort for people with presbyopia by providing seamless vision at all distances. Presbyopia is the most widespread vision problem in the world – affecting everyone over the age of 45 regardless of location, health or economic circumstance; yet more than 50 percent of people with presbyopia across the world do not benefit from glasses or adequate correction. By 2020, it’s estimated that 2.3 billion people will have presbyopia. In 2012, in its continued mission...
A Bold Take on Modern Masculinity

A Bold Take on Modern Masculinity

Demonstrating a noteworthy tribute to masculine boldness, Seraphin Eyewear introduces the Lincoln. With its daring take on traditional men’s styled frames, a solid representation of bravery emulates throughout the Lincoln. Designed with a larger prominent face in mind, the Lincoln embodies modern masculinity with declared confidence. This notable appearance is carefully revealed in handcrafted Italian acetate in four traditional pattern options of Midnight Fade/Midnight, Blue Demi, Olive Demi, and Honey Tortoise. This distinguished frame gets a modern twist with its three-dimensional silver diamond-shaped rivets, giving depth and visual intrigue to the peaks of the Lincoln. About the Lincoln Seraphin continues its reputation of providing classic quintessential style by introducing the Lincoln. With dynamic neutrals in four traditional color schemes, this broad conventional square shape of Italian acetate strategically embraces any larger face. Accented with chrome embellishments, the Lincoln exemplifies the intellectual aura behind the frame. Philosophy “I designed the Lincoln based off a previous Seraphin best seller, The Washington. Due to the recent progression in popularity...
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