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Wiley X®-Sponsored Joey Logano Drives #22 Team Penske Ford To Nascar Sprint Cup Victory At Bristol Motor Speedway

Wiley X®-Sponsored Joey Logano Drives #22 Team Penske Ford To Nascar Sprint Cup Victory At Bristol Motor Speedway

Wiley X® sponsored racer Joey Logano put another notch on what has been undoubtedly his strongest NASCAR season, driving his #22 Team Penske Ford to the checkered flag at Saturday night’s race at Bristol Motor Speedway, a challenging track that bills itself as the “world’s fastest half-mile.” Logano surged past Matt Kenseth (also a Team Wiley X driver) with 44 laps to go and held off challenges from second-place finisher (and Penske teammate) Brad Keselowski and Kenseth, who eventually finished third. The 24-year-old budding superstar earned a slew of significant milestones on this night. The win marked Logano’s first victory at Bristol Motor Speedway, his third victory of the 2014 season, and the first time he has won more than one race in a season. The 2014 campaign has been so successful for Logano; he has already doubled his career victory total this year. Here’s another impressive statistic for the youngster’s meteoric rise — he is currently tied for the season lead in wins and has as many victories in 24 races as he had in 183 prior races entering 2014. Perhaps even more importantly, Logano has served notice to competitors and racing fans worldwide that he will...
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C&E Vision to Hold Members Only Brunch at Vision Expo West 2014 in Las Vegas

C&E Vision to Hold Members Only Brunch at Vision Expo West 2014 in Las Vegas

C&E Vision Buying Group is holding its first “Members Only Brunch” at the Sands Expo Center, Las Vegas Nevada during International Vision Expo West 2014. The Members Only brunch will be held on Thursday, September 18, 2014 from 9am to 11am PST at the Club Vision lounge provided by the International Vision Expo Team. Members of C&E Vision, Arizona Optometric Association, Maryland Optometric Association, New Jersey Society of Optometric Physicians and Pennsylvania Optometric Association will enjoy a variety of complimentary food and beverages to help start their day while learning about the exciting Show Specials offered by C&E Vision during the show. David Carneal, Director of Buying Group Relations for C&E Vision stated “For years we have been attending the International Vision Expo events as an exhibitor but in recent years we have wanted to do more for our membership base. We want to show our members our appreciation for their years of loyalty and business by giving them a bit more while at the show.” C&E Vision also provides its members free exhibit hall passes, discounts on continuing education courses, and access to Club Vision during show hours in addition...
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C&E Vision Releases myCloud – Web Based Transaction Archive

C&E Vision Releases myCloud – Web Based Transaction Archive

C&E Vision, one of the industry’s largest optical buying groups, has just released a new service called myCloud™ to its members. myCloud is a cloud based transaction archive that holds 6 years of member monthly statements, vendor invoices and product purchasing reports. Although C&E Vision has been providing monthly statements and vendor invoices online for some time, this new service allows members the ability to gain access to 6 years’ worth of data as well as analyze purchase data by vendor sku with a breakdown that shows tax, freight and number of products ordered over an extended period of time. “We all know how important statement and invoice data is for record keeping but sometimes life gets in the way.” says Steve Wagner, Principal of C&E Vision. He continues with “With unforeseen issues such as fires, floods, or simply misfiling our members need access to their information within minutes when researching is necessary.” In today’s age it is crucial to have needed information at your fingertips and C&E Vision is there to help. With over 6 million invoices and 300 thousand statements members will be able to access what they need when they need it....
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GP Specialists Becomes Authorized Menicon Z Manufacturing Lab

GP Specialists Becomes Authorized Menicon Z Manufacturing Lab

GP Specialists, a world leader in orthokeratology and keratoconus lenses, announces that they have received authorization to be a Menicon Z gas permeable manufacturing lab. Menicon Z is a hyper-oxygen permeable GP lens that offers comfort, wettability, long term eye health and clear crisp vision. Mark Cosgrove, Director of Operations for GP Specialists stated, “We look forward to offering the Menicon Z material on our list of leading GP manufacturing materials which include Paragon and Boston materials. GP Specialists manufacturers a number of advanced orthokeratology designs in addition to distributing Paragon CRT lenses to our accounts.” The Menicon Z material offers the highest level of oxygen permeability in the industry available today. Although it is most often worn on a Daily Wear (DW) basis, Menicon Z is approved for extended wear up to 7 days and up to 30 days continuous wear. Steve Wagner, President of GP Specialists states, “Menicon Z has a strong reputation in the United States and abroad, we look forward to supporting the independent eye care professional with this quality GP lens material.” GP Specialists currently manufactures a wide range of custom contact lenses...
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A Legacy Tribute:  Kirby Puckett Eye Mobile

A Legacy Tribute: Kirby Puckett Eye Mobile

At the Minneapolis Convention Center on July 11th, Ogi Eyewear witnessed first hand the ribbon cutting ceremony of the Kirby Puckett Eye Mobile. On that day, The Phillips Eye Institute and Major League Baseball and the Minnesota Twins proudly introduced the Kirby Puckett Eye Mobile, the first ever eye clinic on wheels in the Twin Cities region. This will provide follow-up eye care for children referred through the Phillips Eye Institute’s Early Youth Eyecare (E.Y.E.) Program and will also provide free vision screening for children and adults around the state. With two fully equipped exam rooms provided, it truly is like an eye doctor’s office on wheels. This vehicle is operated and staffed by Phillip’s Eye Institute, part of Allina Health. Last year Ogi Eyewear donated over 500 frames to the Phillips Eye Institute’s E.Y.E. program. Children in the Minneapolis Public Schools were screened and many had the opportunity to receive a free pair of prescription eyeglasses through this program. Now, with the introduction of the Kirby Puckett Eye Mobile, Ogi Eyewear will once again donate frames to this new philanthropic effort to provide the local community with eyeglasses. Learn more...
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What’s an ECPInteract Engagement?

What’s an ECPInteract Engagement?

ECPInteract, a new offering created exclusively for members of C & E Vision and Vision West, has been studying new methods of training and educating optometrists, respecting the unique demands made on their group for time. We posed the question of how to be most effective in our delivery of important information, knowledge and skills. What emerged is something we call an Engagement. For most people simply looking through our website, you may turn to a colleague and say, “ECPInteract has a bunch of nice courses by well-known trainers and experts in our industry.” That is only partly true. The real secret, and the reason we don’t refer to our offerings as courses, is the unique and powerful methodology we designed to ensure that what is taught is learned, what is learned is used and what is used is meaningful to your practice. The model starts with some of the basic tenets you would expect in the word “Engagement”. A decision has been made (a big one!) on the part of participants to invest time and money to improve who they are and how they practice. A commitment has been made with expectations to be met by both parties. In our case, your expectations...
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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...
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...
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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