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Essilor Independent Distributor Division Names 2014 Award Winners

Essilor Independent Distributor Division Names 2014 Award Winners

Essilor of America, the nation’s leading manufacturer of optical lenses, today announced the winners of its Independent Distribution Division (IDD) Annual Laboratory Awards. The awards recognize independent distributors who have achieved top sales performance in a combination of both sales and unit growth in specific Essilor product categories. Essilor’s IDD group is dedicated to growing the market by offering technologically-advanced products and services through its independent distributor partners. In addition, IDD is committed to providing industry-leading programs, initiatives and services that increase customer sales revenue and margins. The goal of IDD is to partner with independent labs to leverage their unique and individual strengths in order to elevate Essilor’s premium brands such as Varilux®, Crizal®, Transitions® and Xperio UV™ lenses. These coalitions thereby create continued growth in the premium lens categories in the marketplace. “Essilor IDD is proud to showcase the achievements of our independent laboratory partners and honor them at this year’s ceremony,” said Bob Colucci, president, IDD, Essilor of America. “We look forward to another successful...
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Joseph Tallier Appointed New CEO of Ogi Eyewear

Joseph Tallier Appointed New CEO of Ogi Eyewear

Ogi Eyewear has announced the appointment of Joseph Tallier as their new Chief Executive Officer on January 1, 2015. Joseph Tallier has been part of the Ogi Eyewear team for six years. He started his career at Ogi Eyewear in September 2008 as Vice President of Global Sales. During that time his visionary leadership was instrumental in growing the sales at Ogi Eyewear 300%, communicating the company’s value through marketing, leading the direction of the design vision, and promoting worldwide expansion. He became an equity partner in 2012 prior to being promoted to CEO. Joseph Tallier states, “I am incredibly excited and grateful to lead Ogi’s dynamic management team, outstanding sale force, and highly talented and motivated support team. This is a very exciting time to be appointed CEO as we continue to grow the market segment of affordable luxury that we have been so successful in pioneering.” Joseph Tallier has twenty-eight years of demonstrated success in the wholesale optical industry starting as a sales representative and progressively being promoted to leadership positions in several wholesale optical companies in the United States. Ogi Eyewear is a leading luxury wholesale...
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‘Think About Your Eyes’ Partners with All About Vision to Provide Consumers Top Eye Health Information

‘Think About Your Eyes’ Partners with All About Vision to Provide Consumers Top Eye Health Information

National eye health initiative Think About Your Eyes is pleased to announce its partnership with All About Vision, bolstering the campaign’s efforts to provide consumers the most accurate, up-to-date information about vision health and its impact on overall well-being. The partnership provides content licensing and sharing, enhancing Think About Your Eyes’ ability to educate the public on the importance of annual eye exams and how the industry and consumers can work together to correct poor vision and maintain healthy eyesight. Launched in 2000 by Access Media Group, AllAboutVision.com is a leading resource for consumers to learn about all aspects of vision, providing impartial, trustworthy information on eye health and vision correction options. Through the partnership, Think About Your Eyes and its members can utilize content developed by All About Vision’s Editorial Advisory Board of writers, editors and reviewers, who together possess hundreds of years of experience in patient care, research, consulting and eye care journalism. Further lending to its credibility, all health-related content featured on AllAboutVision.com is written or reviewed by at least one eye doctor. In...
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Maureen Cavanagh Named President, Vision Impact Institute

Maureen Cavanagh Named President, Vision Impact Institute

Maureen Cavanagh was recently named President of the Vision Impact Institute, currently supported by Essilor. The mission of the Vision Impact Institute is to raise awareness of the importance of healthy vision, including the socio-economic impact of Uncorrected Refractive Errors (URE) and quality of life benefits of visual correction. The Vision Impact Institute provides a unique data-base featuring scientific research and peer reviewed studies directed to government policy-makers, industry leaders and influential advocates. Considering that at an annual cost of $16.1 billion, URE is the most costly eye condition in the United States. The Vision Impact Institute is using evidence of this kind to reinforce the need for healthy vision, eye examinations and eye screenings with a provision for optical correction. Cavanagh joined Essilor in October of 2005, as the Director of DEFINITY ™ lenses, launching DEFINITY ™ throughout the Essilor network following the acquisition of The Spectacle Lens Group. Soon after she was named Vice President of Integrated Retail, carving out a separate division and launching a new platform to specifically meet the needs of surfacing retail customers for...
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Proof Announces C&E Vision Partnership

Proof Announces C&E Vision Partnership

Proof Eyewear is eager to announce a new partnership with C&E Vision. This is Proof Eyewear’s first ever partnership with an optical buying group. We respect the business that C&E Vision has built and are excited to be able to work alongside such a reputable source in the eyewear industry. As a brand, we’ve strategically developed ourselves to have longevity and relevance for years to come. This last year alone, we focused much of our efforts toward the optical side of Proof and watched the positive effects that unraveled. We know how important it is to build long lasting relationships with good people which is why we’re excited to grow beside C&E Vision and C&E Vision members. This will be a great way to expand our reach for the endless customers who ask for retail locations in their area. About Proof Proof Eyewear, the leader in Sustainable optics got its start in a garage in Eagle, Idaho in 2010. The founders, 3 brothers, grew Proof to an internationally known brand that is loved the world over. The roots of Proof began with the founders’ Grandpa Bud. He opened a small sawmill almost 60 years ago. Despite setbacks, Bud’s small business was able to prosper...
Global Eye Care Leader Alcon Joins ‘Think About Your Eyes’ Initiative  to Further Educate Consumers on Importance of Eye Health

Global Eye Care Leader Alcon Joins ‘Think About Your Eyes’ Initiative to Further Educate Consumers on Importance of Eye Health

Alcon, a global leader in eye care, is the latest industry partner to join Think About Your Eyes, a national public awareness campaign aimed at educating consumers on the benefits of vision health. This addition continues the impressive growth and momentum of the industry initiative presented by The Vision Council and the American Optometric Association, which speaks directly to consumers and promotes the importance of getting an annual comprehensive eye exam. “Alcon is passionate about developing advanced products to help people see better and enjoy a higher quality of life, so partnering with the ‘Think About Your Eyes’ campaign was a natural step in our continued efforts to encourage proper eye care,” said Eric Bruno, vice president and general manager for U.S. Vision Care at Alcon. “We’re proud to take part in such a vital health initiative and look forward to educating consumers on the necessity of a yearly eye exam, which is crucial to attaining the clear, healthy vision every person deserves.” Since the national launch of the Think About Your Eyes campaign, eye exams have increased 4.5 percent, leading to an additional 5.2 million annual eye exams and the diagnosis...
Marcolin & Ginko Group Sign A Joint Venture For The Chinese Market

Marcolin & Ginko Group Sign A Joint Venture For The Chinese Market

Marcolin SpA, a worldwide leading eyewear company, and Ginko Group, a longstanding operator in the Chinese eyewear market, announced today the incorporation of a joint venture for the Chinese market. Purpose of the deal is to improve the partners’ presence in Mainland China and to expand and strengthen the development of direct distribution of Marcolin products in the region. GINLIN Optical Shanghai Ltd Co., the name of the new joint venture, is a Shanghai-based company owned on a 50/50 basis by Marcolin and the Ginko Group. Marcolin’s CEO Giovanni Zoppas said: “I’m very proud and excited to enter into this joint venture. Ginko Group and Marcolin have a very complementary background and attitude: the two of us are longstanding in the industry and reliable partners for their respective clients. That’s why I’m sure this joint venture will deliver extra-value to the Chinese eyewear market.” Ginko Group’s President Kuo Chou Tsai declared: “Starting business in China since year 1992, Ginko Group has been conducting quality commodity, good service and innovation as the target of enterprises. It’s our honor to cooperate with Marcolin, a worldwide leading eyewear...
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Alcon Becomes Leadership Partner Supporting  Think About Your Eyes National Public Awareness Campaign

Alcon Becomes Leadership Partner Supporting Think About Your Eyes National Public Awareness Campaign

Alcon, the global leader in eye care, announced its support for the Think About Your Eyes public awareness campaign. This national campaign, presented by the Vision Council and the American Optometric Association, is designed to educate the public on the benefits of vision health and promote the importance of getting an annual comprehensive eye exam. As a Leadership Partner, Alcon will work closely with Think About Your Eyes to provide insights and educational information to the public about a number of eye care topics. “This campaign is about doing the right thing for patients. It’s not about specific companies or products, it’s about how our industry can partner with eye care professionals to transform eye care,” said Eric Bruno, Vice President and General Manager for US Vision Care at Alcon. “We know many eye health and systemic issues can be identified through regular, comprehensive eye exams, so it’s critical that we make annual eye exams part of every person’s healthcare routine.” Since the national launch of the Think About Your Eyes campaign, eye exams have increased 4.5 percent, leading to an additional 5.2 million annual eye exams and the diagnosis of more...
Marcolin To Double In-House Made In Italy Production

Marcolin To Double In-House Made In Italy Production

Marcolin, a worldwide leading eyewear company, announced today the acquisition of a new 3.500m2 manufacturing facility in Longarone (Fortogna area), in the heart of the eyewear district. This move is in line with its mid-long term strategy of creating value leveraging on the opportunities offered by the development of high-end products, consistent with Marcolin’s historical DNA. Company’s employment will strongly benefit of this operation as well. The new site, starting operations from mid-2015, will double Marcolin’s in-house Made in Italy production: this is the answer to structural good sales’ performance and, on top, to the opening of new directly managed markets mixed with new highly recognized brands in the portfolio. The company has recently signed license agreements with fashion and luxury brands like Ermenegildo Zegna, Zegna Couture and Emilio Pucci, all of which (in addition to Tom Ford, Montblanc, Balenciaga, Roberto Cavalli, Dsquared2 and Diesel) have a policy of developing and manufacturing their products in Italy, and whose superior creativity and quality are perfectly expressed by the local artisan tradition. Marcolin’s CEO Giovanni Zoppas said:...
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Monica and Libby: The latest in Vera Bradley Readers From The McGee Group

Monica and Libby: The latest in Vera Bradley Readers From The McGee Group

Style is in full bloom with the Vera Bradley Readers collection! Classic favorites return in Vera Bradley’s latest colors. Monica and Libby combine bold colors and wearable eye shapes to create bright looks that fit every style. Monica offers classic style with a Vera Bradley twist, featuring a softer rectangle eyeshape and curved end piece. The thin temples and colorful fronts create a color story perfect for any Vera Bradley lover. Vera Bradley’s Moon Blooms and Ink Blue prominently wrap the temples, and are paired with coordinating colors on the frame front of crystal blue or black. Libby is a retro-inspired eye shape with a thicker eye rim for a trendier look. Metallic hinge pins on the end pieces add to the flirty style. The frame features a crystal gradient fade while Vera Bradley prints are displayed on the interior temples in Moon Blooms and Ink Blue. All readers come with a coordinating Vera Bradley reader slip case. Find out more about special offers available when ordering the Vera Bradley Readers collection by contacting your McGee Group sales representative. To view the entire collection, visit our website at mcgeegroup.com. For more information about the Vera Bradley®...
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C&E Vision Unveils the Look™ Loyalty Rebate Program

C&E Vision Unveils the Look™ Loyalty Rebate Program

C&E Vision, the largest optical buying group, has just released a money saving rebate program called the Look™ Loyalty Rebate Program to its members. Along with the Look™ Partners which include Aspex Eyewear Group, DeRigo Vision, Eyewear Designs, Rem Eyewear, Ron’s Optical, Rudy Project, Spy Optics & Zeiss Vision Laboratories, C&E Vision now offers members up to 12% additional savings quarterly. This three tier savings program starts members receiving a minimum of a 5% rebate when they meet the Look™ Partners minimum Loyalty sales. David Carneal, Director of Buying Group Relations stated “When we created this program our goal was to provide a savings program that C&E members did not have to wait all year to receive and that was easy to understand. The Look™ Loyalty Rebate Program allows members to save based on their loyalty and growth with the Look™ Partners. With up to 12% savings available this will allow our members to save more than with any other group.” C&E Vision members will be able to view their rebates in the iBank™ system and cash out available funds when it is convenient for them. Additionally, C&E buying group members have access...
The New Etro Eyewear Collection Debuts From Marchon

The New Etro Eyewear Collection Debuts From Marchon

We are pleased to announce the launch of the new ETRO EYEWEAR collection starting from September 2015. Etro and Marchon signed an exclusive licensing agreement to design, manufacture and distribute the sun and ophthalmic collections ETRO EYEWEAR. The partnership aims to further increase the already significant position of Etro in the accessories world. “It’s a significant debut that represents for us a new challenge, and that gives us new energy. It comes from the need of completeness: the creation of an eyewear line is a further step in our creative and stylistic path, which contributes to the strengthening of our brand identity and heritage,” stated Jacopo Etro, Creative Director of the Etro Accessories collections. Claudio Gottardi, Marchon Eyewear President and CEO, commented: “The global licensing agreement with Etro represents Marchon’s strategic goals to expanding our portfolio with compelling European luxury brands. The team at our Italian Design and Product Development Center will work in collaboration with Etro’s designers to interpret and translate the strong identity of the Fashion House, including the iconic Paisley motif, in order to conceive...
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Brand Manager of Adidas Eyewear Accepts Position of Silhouette’s National Sales Manager for the United States

Brand Manager of Adidas Eyewear Accepts Position of Silhouette’s National Sales Manager for the United States

Heinz Pichler, experienced Brand Manager for adidas eyewear, has accepted the position of Silhouette’s National Sales Manager for the United States. Heinz was hired in 2012 as the Brand Manager of adidas eyewear, and brings with him over 12 years of experience in the Optical Industry. Pichler entered the optical world in 2002 as a Sales Representative for Marchon Eyewear. His experience and growth led to a Brand Specialist role. While at Marchon, Heinz focused on increasing brand sales by developing programs, marketing promotions, and training for the sales force and key accounts. He coordinated with U.S. Sales and Brand Management to facilitate growth of sports eyewear while leading brand specific trainings to maximize sales potential. In addition, he influenced product design and direction by communicating the needs of American Eye Care Professionals. In his position as Brand Manager at Silhouette, Heinz was in charge of product and marketing development of the adidas eyewear brand, specific to the U.S. market. He helped to develop national sales strategies, manage the implementation of key sales initiatives, and aided in the creation of training materials focused on brand education...
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Marchon Eyewear Announces Regional Expansion With New Subsidiary In China

Marchon Eyewear Announces Regional Expansion With New Subsidiary In China

As part of its continued strategic global expansion, Marchon Eyewear, Inc. announces the opening of a new regional office in Shanghai, China. Marchon has been present in the Chinese market since the early ‘90s through a distribution agreement with a local partner. Marchon has now opened a wholly owned subsidiary which will serve as a hub to develop the Company’s business in the Greater China region. The new investment is part of a strategic plan to strengthen the Company’s local integrated presence. The new office features a dedicated marketing, sales, and customer service staff. In addition, a design studio in Hong Kong specializing in the conception and development of frames for Asian consumers and a logistics center in Shenzhen further enhance Marchon’s capabilities in the region. The new structure will be led by Matt Zhang, Managing Director of Marchon China, with a team of 40+ seasoned professionals. Zhang will be reporting to Connie Lai, Managing Director Asia Pacific of Marchon Eyewear, who is based in Hong Kong, Marchon’s regional headquarters. Connie has extensive management experience with multinational companies in the Asia Pacific region. The new Chinese office...
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Marcolin Announces USA Operations’ Restructuring

Marcolin Announces USA Operations’ Restructuring

Marcolin SpA today announced the next stage of the Marcolin USA/VIVA International Group integration execution, which includes the restructuring of its business to further enhance its consumer focus and drive the brand portfolio closer to market. This realignment will deliver greater efficiencies throughout the organization. As part of the integration process, it has been decided to merge by the end of the year, the current headquarters of Marcolin USA (Scottsdale) into the New Jersey operation, formerly VIVA International Group headquarters. Last December, Marcolin SpA acquired VIVA International Group. Today’s announcement is an evolution of the integration project strategy. The combined headquarters in New Jersey will bring the company closer to customers, reduce management layers and leverage efficiencies to increase speed-to-market advantages globally. “As part of this effort, Marcolin USA is also re-investing in the New Jersey Distribution Center (implementing automatized technologies), in SAP (rolling the software platform also in this facility) and working from the sourcing base to the retail footprint to ensure it is in the best position to bring elevated consumer experiences...
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