Features: Opti-Nation

Apr
2002

Opti-Nation



   Welcome to the dawn of  a new day for the citizens of Opti-nation. Vision Expo East marked the occasion with a New York trade show steeped in faith, hope and visual clarity. This is what 20/20 witnessed.


Left: ClearVision’s Corinne Johnsen and Julia Callatone are all smiles at the company’s Jessica McClintock setup.

Right: Feet first: Melissa Teresi of Zyloware puts Via Spiga accessories on display for the company’s
introduction of the Via Spiga
eyewear collection.
Left: On hand to help Marchon’s Larry Roth celebrate his UJA honor were his wife, Nanci and sons Scott and David.

Right: Covergirl Susie getting the ‘CoverGirl’ treatment from make-up artist BJ Gillian at the Marcolin booth.

Mark Kerman and Don Howard of Kenmark Group/Couteur Designs chat with designer Vera Wang and Chet Hazzard of her design house at a reception  to celebrate the Vera Wang eyewear line.

Old friends gathered at the Star of Vision reception: Kara Meyer of Nouveau Eyewear, Jobson’s Marge Axelrad, Mike Hundert of Rem Eyewear, Sandy Likes of Sight Resource, Rem’s Donna Ginty and Barbara Flickinger of Marchon Luxottica Group’s Vittorio Verdun shows off the latest Predator sunglass from Ray-Ban featured in the soon-to-be released film “Men
in Black II.” Eyewear.


Left: Mother hosts best: Standing in for her son at the Alain Mikli party, the designer’s mother, Lucie Mikli, made the rounds with Mikli’s Caroline de Saint Andre and Cedric Moreau.

Right: All set for a successful show on opening day were Sàfilo Group’s Debby Kelly and Claudio Gottardi.
Left: Luxottica Group’s Vittorio Verdun shows off the latest Predator sunglass from Ray-Ban featured in the soon-to-be released film “Men in Black II.”

Right: Star of Vision 2002 honorees: Kaoru Horikawa, Charmant Group; Cliff Bartow, LensCrafters/Luxottica Retail; Dean Butler, Sight Resource; Ed Greene, Carl Zeiss Optical and Winifried Mueller, Carl Zeiss.
Left: Spin with a View:
Ed DeRosa of Signet
Armorlite welcomes Barney Woythaler of 21st Century Optics to Signet’s reception at The View, the rotating restaurant atop the Marriott Marquis.

Right: Gerber Coburn’s John R. Hancock shows off the company’s new entry-level patternless-edging system.
Left: Getting equipped: Briot/Weco’s Don Adams, Joseph DeLapp and Etienne Sauvageot showcase the company’s Axcell Edger.

Right: Sans Pareil’s Steve Lipawsky and Tony Brave host boxing legend Joe Frazier and Steve Levenson of Kaiser Permanente to celebrate the company’s Everlast eyewear launch.

Left: Victor Shanahan and Kara Meyer of Nouveau Eyewear celebrate the launch of Nickelodean Eyewear with special guest, Eliza from The Wild Thornberrys.

Right: AIT Industries’ Matt Vulich displays the Limited Gold Edition of the company’s Maxima Patternless Edging System.
Left: Karen Zappia and David Dean of first-time Expo exhibitor Live Eyewear.

Right: The Marcolin team was out in force for Expo East’s opening day: Paul Diaz-Asper with brothers Cirillo and Maurizio Marcolin.
Left: Art Waite of Winchester Optical, program chairman of the OLA, displayed the new OLA Lens Center.

Right: At Essilor’s party, Mike Daley and Cynthia Lee-Ryden of Essilor, spokesperson/author Diane Irons and Essilor’s Steve Shawler broadcast a message to partygoers from the television studio at the Nasdaq Marketsite.
Left: AO SOLA’s Mark Ashcroft and Karen Roberts of SOLA International chat with Jim Forte of DuPont Fluoroproducts about the new arrangement between SOLA and DuPont for use of the Teflon brand for A-R.

Right: Denice Nagel and Paul Nicholoff of California Optical brighten up the Expo show floor during set-up.
Left: Getting cozy with their Woolrich mascots, New York Eye’s Arthur Jankolovits and Charles Schmall are ready to meet the demands of Vision Expo visitors

Right: At its Expo booth, Mitani USA gave attendees three chances to win free eyewear and Takeo Kikuchi products; here, Yuki Inoure and Brad Brautman prepare to pick out the next winners.
Left: NexGen/Cobra Vision’s Tom Morrison, Gary Lafferty, and Pete Devine, seen here at a press conference, introducing Vision Expo East attendees to the company’s new NexGen lens-casting system.

Right: Essilor’s Mike Daley chats with Laura and Peter Frieder of Gentex Optics and Vision Council of America at the Star of Vision event.
Left: Latin American customers Octavio Becerra-Velez and Alvaro Chajin meet with DAC Vision’s Peter Rozin and Richard Bullwinkle to discuss the products of DAC’s newly acquired Rozin business. 

Right: Seiko Optical’s Donna VanGreen unpacks one more box to get ready for opening day.
Left: In town representing
the American Optometric Association are Howard Braverman, OD; Pat Cummings, OD and
David Nelson, OD.

Right: A casual moment at The China Club for the Lantis team of Tim Swartz and Stu Chizen  surrounding Docker’s licensing director,  Michael Penn.
Right: Transitions Optical wrapped
up its Smart Moves Tour, to launch its new Next Generation photochromic lens, with a gala event at the Sheraton Hotel. Seiko Optical’s Mike Rybacki watches while Dave Cole of Transitions gets locked in thumb-cuffs, Houdini-style, by a magician at the party (yes, Dave eventually did
get out of the cuffs).
Left: Zeiss Optical’s Ed Greene and PRIO’s Jon Torrey announced the designed-by-Zeiss PRIO Browser lens for computer vision at Vision Expo East.

Right: Panayotis Sicaras with Mike Hundert and Veli-Matti Nurmi at Rem Eyewear’s booth.
Left: The Children’s Vision Coalition outlined its goals during the Star of Vision reception: Norm Haffner, OD; Andrea Thau, OD; Scarlett Pildes, Allan Ritter, Andrea Gluck, Rosemary Clemens and Ralph Woythaler.

Right: Larry Sands and Christina Alvarado of Optical Shop of Aspen chat with Viva International’s
Harvey Ross.
Left: Full throttle: Rodenstock’s Jim Cox and Karla Santora check out the
company’s Porcsche Design line.

Right: Rick Elias of PPG Industries, co-host of  Star of Vision with  Jobson Publishing, welcomes visitors to the gala event held at the Rainbow Room.
Left: At the UJA dinner from
B. Robinson Optical were Mel, Lori and Cliff Robinson
.

Right: Fiftysomething... In celebration of the company’s 50s, Ultra Palm Optical will annually donate $5,000 to Prevent Blindness America until it reaches its goal of $50,000. Ultra Palm’s Brad Besner and Leonard Cohen with this year’s PBA donation.
Left: Continental Ben-Glo’s Icek Benz and son Alvin Benz toast to the success of the company’s After Six collection.

Right: Preparing for opening day, Gerard Santinelli
and Steve Swalgen of Santinelli calibrate their drilling system for
rimless eyewear.
Left: Seiko’s Donna Van Green chats with Bernice Olivetti of Leonard Opticians in New York, and Philip Olivetti, president of Alain Mikli, at a dinner party held by Seiko.

Right: Helga and Helmut Igel of Neostyle reported strong booth traffic
during the show.
Left: Jane Seymour helps Marchon Eyewear execs Larry Roth, Jeff White and Al Berg promote Très Jolie Eyewear.
 
Right: Jim Harris and Jean Scott of Luxottica Group are all smiles about showgoers’ response to the Ray-Ban dancers’ interpretation of
“Men in Black II.”

Celebrating VisionWeb’s official launch: Jim Vitkus of VisionWeb; Bob A. Amato of Jobson Publishing; Jacques Stoerr representing Essilor; Marchon’s Al Berg; VisionWeb’s Marc Ferrara and Gerry Ostrov of Johnson & Johnson Vision Care.

At the UJA dinner, Peter, Fred and Mimi Friedfeld of ClearVision Optical chat with Sterling Optical’s Bob Hillman.

 

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