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They’re being recognized by event-industry publications.

(Press Release) ALEXANDRIA, VA – Angela Harar, senior director of shows for The Vision Council, and Christine Flanagan, vice president of operations for Reed Exhibitions, are to be honored by two event-industry publications, BizBash and Trade Show Executive respectively, for their work that contributes to the ongoing success of the Vision Expo portfolio of shows.

Co-owned by Reed Exhibitions and The Vision Council, Vision Expo East and Vision Expo West are global conferences and exhibitions for eyecare and eyewear that draw more than 30,000 eyecare professionals each year.

Harar was named to the BizBash inaugural list of Top 500 People in Events that consists of event professionals from the U.S. and Canada who lead the largest trade and consumer shows, orchestrate global brand campaigns and plan high-visibility cultural events that garner heavy traffic on social media.

“I am honored to be recognized by BizBash alongside contemporaries I am continually inspired by,” said Harar. “Every day I strive to fulfill two goals: motivate myself and my team to bring passion and precision to ensure the success of our shows and serve as a role model to my family.”

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In her role at The Vision Council, Harar is responsible for strategy, marketing and communications for Vision Expo and works closely with the team at Reed Exhibitions. In 2015, Harar served as the youngest chairperson on the Major American Trade Show Organizers Council (MATSO) within the International Association of Exhibitions and Events (IAEE). Harar regularly speaks at industry events, including BizBash’s Elevate, a conference for event and meeting professionals that addresses topics such as using new event technology tools and improving association events and trade shows.

“Narrowing the world of event professionals down to just 500 standout individuals was not easy,” said BizBash Editor-in- Chief Beth Kormanik. “Some are well known, while others work strategically behind the scenes, but all are deserving of recognition for their leadership, creativity and results.”

Flanagan was named to Trade Show Executive’s inaugural Women to Watch – a program that identifies and encourages the next generation of leaders in the trade show industry. The six honorees were selected by a panel of TSE editors based on various criteria, including recent professional achievements within the last year, demonstrable leadership qualities and/or having demonstrated a high level of excellence in show management. In her role as the second in command for operations for Reed Exhibitions’ portfolio of shows, Flanagan is responsible for overseeing the logistics of Reed’s operations teams, including the team dedicated to Vision Expo. From 2011–2014, Flanagan served as the director of operations where she directly managed pre-show and onsite logistics for several events including Vision Expo. Flanagan will be honored at TSE’s Gold 100 Awards & Summit.

“Receiving the Trade Show Executive’s Women to Watch award is an honor, it is exciting to be recognized alongside such likeminded women,” said Flanagan. “This award brings to life the influence that women have in our industry and I am proud to help pave the way for the generations to come. I love what we do and the impact I can make to our industry while also being a wife and a mom.”

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Trade Show Executive cited in its announcement of the Women to Watch report that according to a recent survey by the Society of Independent Show Organizers, women make up 64 percent of the workforce among independent show organizers with 9 percent of companies having a female CEO, compared to a 6.7 percent average for the Fortune 500 list. Additionally, women represent 35 percent of senior-level management of those companies surveyed, and 51 percent of mid-level management positions.

TSE’s Gold 100 — a list that recognizes events that set the gold standard in trade shows — regularly honors Vision Expo East for its excellence. Several other shows produced by Reed Exhibitions are also regularly included on the TSE Gold 100 list including G2E—Global Gaming Expo, International Security Conference & Exposition West, JCK Las Vegas, National Hardware Show and the Professional Golfers’ Association of America Merchandise Show.

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EssilorLuxottica Enters Fortune Magazine’s 2019 Change the World List

It’s at the 17th spot on the list.

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(PRESS RELEASE) EssilorLuxottica has made Fortune magazine’s 2019 Change the World list, taking the 17th spot on this annual prestigious list, which recognizes companies that have had a positive social impact through activities that are part of their core business strategy. Among 52 companies, the Group is honored in particular for its commitment to bring good vision for everyone everywhere and eradicate poor vision, as part of its mission to help people ‘see more, be more and live life to its fullest’.

Even though a pair of eyeglasses can answer most of the world’s vision needs while protecting and framing the beauty of our eyes, the lack of awareness and access have led to a global vision crisis with severe social and economic consequences for billions of people.

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The ranking highlights EssilorLuxottica’s efforts of “doing well by doing good” and how its action to address issues of vision health across the world has a significant positive social impact on people’s lives, while also representing a significant shared value opportunity. With 6.6 billion people on the planet estimated to be in need of vision correction by 2050, of which 5 billion will be affected by the myopia epidemic, taking action without delay is key.

Hence, EssilorLuxottica exists to give vision a voice and respond to the world’s growing vision needs by meeting the changing lifestyles of existing consumers and inventing new ways to reach the 2.5 billion people who suffer from uncorrected poor vision and the 6 billion people who do not protect their eyes from harmful rays.

One of the Group’s initiatives include the launch of the 2.5 New Vision Generation (2.5NVG) and BoP Innovation lab by Essilor in 2013, a line of more affordable and stylish prescription glasses targeted at the 2.5 billion people who suffer from uncorrected poor vision, of which 90% live in base-of-the-pyramid (BoP) economies. With the help of more than 600 partners – from governments to NGOs to corporates – 2.5 NVG and the BoP Innovation Lab have enabled access to a pair of glasses for more than 25 million people across 62 countries in need of vision correction, and empowered nearly 12,000 micro-entrepreneurs to set up their own businesses, providing sustainable access to vision care to 250 million people.

Luxottica as well, through its support for OneSight, an independent non-profit organization of which the company is the founding sponsor, provides access to quality vision care and glasses in underserved communities worldwide. Since 1988, OneSight has partnered with local health organizations, governments, school districts, industry leaders, doctors and volunteers impacting over 21 million people in 49 countries and counting—creating opportunity and sustainable change along the way. So far, it has established 131 sustainable centers in countries like Rwanda, China and the United States, and hosted over 1,420 charitable clinics globally.

Pleased to be recognized by Fortune on their 2019 Change the World list, Jayanth Bhuvaraghan, head of mission at EssilorLuxottica, commented: “Eradicating poor vision is not only a unique business opportunity but a big responsibility for us as an industry leader. If nothing is done, billions of people in the world will continue to suffer from uncorrected poor vision. This will not only have negative social and personal repercussions but will also severely impact various economies in the world. Therefore, we strive to drive innovation across the market with the goal of providing the best vision care solutions, creating and establishing access points, awareness for good vision and bring good vision and quality products to everyone everywhere in the world.”

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Eyemart Express Announces as Senior Vice President of Store Operations

He will focus on executing the optical retailer’s new store growth goals, driving customer service, and ensuring associate development.

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(PRESS RELEASE) Eyemart Express, a leading national value optical retailer and the fastest provider of quality prescription eyewear in the industry, announced the hiring of Bill Butler as senior vice president of store operations. Mr. Butler will focus on executing the optical retailer’s new store growth goals, driving customer service, and ensuring associate development. He will work closely with executive and store leadership teams to refine Eyemart Express’ store operations procedures — ensuring the optical retailer’s 203 stores nationwide optimize retail and lab productivity and deliver a world-class customer experience.

“We are pleased to welcome Bill to our executive team,” said Michael Bender, Eyemart Express CEO. “His proven track record in operations, along with his team-centric leadership style, aligns with our growth goals and cultural values. He will be a great asset to our team as we continue to provide our customers with access to affordable, high-quality prescription eyewear through our unique and convenient same-day business model.”

Mr. Butler formerly served as vice president, operations at CVS Health, where he oversaw operations in both the West and Midwest regions. Prior to that, he held a variety of roles at Omnicare, Ardent Health Services and Deloitte.

“I am delighted to join the Eyemart Express team as it grows and enhances the customer experience in stores nationwide,” said Mr. Butler.

Learn more about Mr. Butler and the Eyemart Express leadership team at: https://www.eyemartexpress.com/about#leadership.

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Pearle Vision and NEXCOM Partner to Bring Optical Stores to Naval Bases

They will open between late August and September.

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(PRESS RELEASE) MASON, OH — Pearle Vision and the Navy Exchange Service Command (NEXCOM) have partnered to bring national optical retail centers to naval bases in Virginia Beach, VA, San Diego, CA, and Groton, CT, with the opportunity to expand to additional bases in the future. This is Pearle Vision’s first partnership with a military organization and NEXCOM’s first partnership with a national optical retailer.

“Pearle Vision’s partnership with NEXCOM represents a win-win opportunity for both our brand and for the patrons served by NEXCOM,” said Alex Wilkes, general manager for Pearle Vision. “We are pleased to be able to create this new, alternate channel with exciting potential for growth, and we also are proud to support NEXCOM’s commitment to providing valuable, quality products and services to the military personnel at these three naval bases.”

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NEXCOM brings a breadth of goods and services to naval bases to enhance the quality of life for active-duty military, retirees, reservists and their families. The Pearle Vision partnership complements NEXCOM’s strategy to provide value to its patrons through partnerships with national brands such as Wendy’s, Chili’s, Apple, Pandora and UPS.

“This contract with Pearle Vision will support our mission to enhance the quality of life for our military members and their families stationed at these Naval bases,” said Greg Thomas, senior vice president, store operations, NEXCOM.

The three corporately owned Pearle Vision EyeCare Centers will open between late August and September. The EyeCare Centers on base will be open to those with a military ID, and online eye exam scheduling will be available at pearlevision.com.

The new Pearle Vision EyeCare Centers will feature a selection of premium eyeglass frames and contact lenses.

Following the Pearle Vision model of having eye doctors and retail under one roof, the centers will have optometrists on-site. The EyeCare Centers will accept Tricare and other national insurance plans.

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