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Have a VCA Day

Have a VCA Day

Opti-nation has many faces and The Vision Council of America membership clearly represents the heart and soul of an industry. Here is a remembered series of snapshots that tell the story of optical as it worked and played in Boca Raton, Florida on the occasion of the VCA annual meeting this winter.

The VCA winter meeting attracted executives from a broad industry spectrum, including (l to r) Mike Daley of Essilor Lenses, Zyloware’s Chris Shyer, and Bruno Salvadori of Signet Armorlite.

Left: Industry consultant Shirley Platzer-Stocks (l) of SPS Associates with Andrea Gluck of Eyewear Designs.
Right: Seen at the VCA meeting in Florida were (l to r) Larry Clarke of Satis Vacuum, Guiseppe Servidori of Luxottica Group and Rem Eyewear’s Mike Hundert.

Winfried Mueller (l) of Carl Zeiss with Heinz Ranner (c) and Ruedi Suter of Concepcion Technologies.

The VCA meeting was not all work and no play. During a fishing tournament, one team brought in the big one—a five-foot wahoo. The successful anglers were (l to r) Winfried Mueller, Carl Zeiss; Gregg William and Miriam McGorrin, SDC; Andy Huthhoefer, Zeiss; Rudolf Suter, Concepcion; and Ed Green, Zeiss.

At the opening reception (l to r) Jeff Frumkin and Larry Bell of Eye Q Eyewear visit with new VCA member Mort Feldman of I-Dealoptics and Zyloware’s Henry Shyer.

Left: Viva International’s Harvey Ross (l) and Al Berg of Marchon Eyewear, catch up on old times at the VCA meeting.
Right: Representing three segments of the optical business were Pat Langone (l), Opticians Association of America president; Keith Lehrer (c) of LBI; and Bob A. Amato, CEO of Jobson Publishing.

Left: Pat and Evan Aptaker of Nouveau Eyewear are all smiles at a reception for VCA’s new Vision PAC political-action committee.
Right: Younger Optics’ David Rips (l) with Rick Elias of PPG Industries at the winter meeting, held this year in Boca Raton.

At the VCA winter meeting from DAC Vision were Jim and Phyllis Gooch (l) and Dick and LaWayne Bullwinkle.

Left: Sàfilo USA’s Dick Russo (l) and Claudio Gottardi (r) with David Nelson, OD, president of the American Optometric Association, who reported the AOA’s support for ‘Check Yearly. See Clearly.’
Right: Deep in discussion are (l to r) Jim Pritts of Intercast, Paul Peiffer of PPG Industries and Bill Norwood of Hoya Vision Care.

Left: Paul Diaz-Asper of Marcolin USA with his wife, Odalys, at the VCA meeting’s presidential reception and dinner.
Right: New VCA member Hillaire van der Veen (l) of Shamir Insight and Jeff Kosh, representing the Optical Laboratories Association at the meeting.