TSO is a member-owned cooperative.
(Press Release) Texas State Optical announced the election of its Board of Directors and Board Officers, effective July 1, 2017. The following TSO Board members will serve as the organization's newly appointed officers: Dr. Benny Peña, TSO Chairman of the Board Chair (Fredericksburg, TX); Dr. Alexander Chen, (Houston, TX); Dr. Jon House, (Bryan, TX); Dr. Reid Robertson (Allen, TX); Dr. Jonathan Sher (McKinney, TX); and non-shareholder Dr. Mark Wright, President of Pathways to Success (Westerville, OH). Past Chairman of the Board Dr. Stephen Stanfield (San Marcos, TX) was re-elected to a new two-year term.
"I am grateful for this opportunity to serve as TSO Chairman of the Board, and I will do all in my power to help guide the TSO Network during the important times ahead," said Peña.
"TSO Network is pleased to formally announce investiture of its new Board of Directors and Officers. We thank these dedicated and talented professionals for contributing their valuable time and expertise on behalf of the Doctors of TSO. All of our new Board members have been in the TSO Network for under a decade and we are geared to embrace the future changes of the profession with their leadership. We are especially honored to have Dr. Mark Wright join our board," said John Marvin, president of TSO.
In 2014, the TSO Board made a decision to dedicate three board positions to professionals in the industry from outside of the group of TSO shareholders. This is to provide the organization with an outside and more national perspective of the optometry and optical industries.
Wright is filling the seat of former board member and president of GPN Jay Binkowitz. He will be serving alongside two additional non-shareholder board members: C. Edward Buffington, former VSP Vision Care vice president; and Jack V. Gunion, partner at Motivity Capital Partners LLC.
Wright graduated from The Ohio State University College of Optometry in 1980. He is an assistant clinical professor at The Ohio State University College of Optometry, and member of the Central Ohio Optometric Association, the American Optometric Association, is a Certified Fellow of the College of Optometrists in Vision Development, and is the chairperson of the Ohio Optometric Association Health Systems Committee and the College of Optometrists in Vision Development Insurance Committee. He is a member of The Ohio State University Dean's Advisory Board and vice president of the Ohio Eye Health Network.
Wright has numerous publications and lectures nationally on the topics of managed care, sports vision, and vision and performance. He is recognized for his work in the area of visual problems affecting performance at work, school and play.
Wright stated, "My sincere thanks to outgoing TSO Chairman, Dr. Stephen Stanfield, for his outstanding service and leadership. It will be a privilege to continue working with Dr. Peña and all the excellent Doctors of TSO dedicated to serving their community, as we continue to focus on TSO's mission statement: We Help People See the Important Things in Life."
TSO's incoming Board of Directors and Officers will continue to oversee the long-term strategic plan for TSO, enabling the Doctors of TSO to advance their mission, vision and strategic objectives to become Texans' first choice in eyecare.
"Our Board of Directors oversee the long-term strategic plan for the Doctors of TSO, enabling us to advance our mission, vision and strategic objectives," Peña said. "They are distinguished individuals from all across the nation, with a broad range of experience in patient care, health policy, business, and community service. The Doctors of TSO could not serve the communities that we live and work in without the dedication and commitment of our Board of Directors."
Texas State Optical, founded in 1936, operates today as a member-owned cooperative consisting of more than 120 locations across Texas, Louisiana, and Oklahoma. While independent, the Doctors of TSO collectively uphold the TSO brand and commitment to caring for the eyes of Texas.