He's managing director at M.M. Dillon & Co.
(Press Release) CLIFTON, NJ — Optical Academy announced that George Bickerstaff has been named as the chairman of its board of directors.
Bickerstaff is the managing director at M.M. Dillon & Co., and has been on the board of directors and board of trustees of more than a dozen international private and public companies and philanthropic organizations. His background includes a broad range of operating and finance experience, with national and international companies, including CRT Investment Banking, Novartis Pharma AG, and the Dun & Bradstreet Corporation. He has also been a guest speaker on global finance at various International industry associations and graduate business schools, including Harvard Business School.
"Optical Academy is a company that is positioned for exponential growth, and is a proven model that has changed the delivery of eyecare while meeting the unmet needs of families, employees and children across the U.S.," Bickerstaff said. "Their approach brings schools, businesses and communities together to serve everyone, and I'm excited to be part of it."
Through his instrumental leadership in establishing the strategic, operational and financial direction of numerous private and public companies, Bickerstaff has provided financial leadership for mergers and acquisition valued at more than $50 billion, and has funded and operated various venture capital businesses. As Optical Academy's chairman, Bickerstaff will provide intellectual capital with his industry expertise, and his proven record in market funding will help support their national strategic growth plan.
"Optical Academy is the leader in providing on-site eye exams, eyewear and same-day labs for more than seven years," said Abby Ayoub, CEO and founder. "We've dedicated our efforts to serving the most fragile members of our community, and as such, expanded our services across all schools, families, employees and communities. Everyone who is part of Optical Academy shares the same passion: to provide comprehensive eye care with the best access, convenience, affordability and quality. Bickerstaff has influenced our growth from the start, and having him serve as our chairman of the board will enable our focused growth to all markets and industry segments, to help everyone see a beautiful day, every day."